Not many expected Robert Cannon to contend for the Irish Open Amateur title when a stellar field assembled at Royal Dublin. However, the Balbriggan Golf Club member emerged as a surprise winner after surviving a three-man playoff.
Cannon arrived at Royal Dublin ranked 3,424th on the World Amateur Golf Ranking. Many expected a number of Walker Cup hopefuls to walk off with the title before him. Yet Cannon upset the formbook.
In wild and windy conditions, Cannon returned scores of 70, 75, 75 and 75 for a 72-hole total of 295. That score got him into a playoff with countryman Gavin Moynihan and Scotland’s Graeme Robertson, both viable contenders for spots on this year’s Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team.
Robertson and Cannon emerged tied after recording 13-strokes on the three playoff holes to Moynihan’s 14 blows. Cannon then parred the first sudden death hole, the 18th, to take the title.
Cannon leaps a massive 1,628 spots this week to world number 1,796. Robertson climbs 10 places to 116th. Moynihan, meanwhile, is ranked 55th on the WAGR table.
England’s Max Orrin improves seven places this week to world number 25 following victory in the South East of England Links Championship at Royal Cinque Ports, venue for this year’s Amateur Championship.
Orrin began the final round five shots behind Dutch international Robbie Van West, but returned a best of the day score of 71 to Van West’s 82 to take the title. Orrin’s 12-over-par total of 298 was good enough for a one-shot victory over Callum Shinkwin, who moves 11 places this week to 102nd.
There are no movers into this week’s top 20. However, Frenchman Paul Barjon climbs into the top 50, moving one place to 50th.
Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow continues to set records at the University of Alabama that may not be broken for a long time. She also continues her steady climb up the World Amateur Golf Ranking as a result.
The Curtis Cup star notched her seventh college win with victory in the NCAA D1 East Regional Championship over the Auburn University Club in Auburn, Alabama. Scores of 68, 66 and 69 gave Meadow a 13-under-par 54-hole total of 203 to tie the Alabama record for 54-hole scoring. It helped her to a six-stroke win over Kelly Shon of Princeton University.
It was Meadow’s second East Regional victory following the 2011 Championship, and her second straight college win. The Jordanstown, Northern Ireland native has now won seven tournaments in three years of college golf.
Meadow moves up one spot inside this week’s top 10 to sixth. Shon improves 14 places to 15th.
South Africa’s Paula Reto and Annie Park of the United States climb five spots on this week’s WAGR table after sharing first place in the NCAA D1 West Regional Championship at Stanford Golf Club in Stanford, California. They finished four shots ahead of the field after tying on 54-hole totals of 206, 7-under-par.
Reto climbs to 11th on this week’s table, just one spot behind top ranked South African Kim Williams. Park moves to 13th.
Ally McDonald of the United States won the NCAA D1 Central Regional Championship in Norman, Oklahoma to break into this week’s top 50. The Mississippi State player recorded scores of 69, 69 and 68 for a 10-under-par total of 206 for a five-shot victory.
McDonald moves into the world top 50 as a result, climbing 36 places to 33rd.