Adrien Saddier finished in style to record an empathic victory in the International de France Championship at Chantilly to win the prestigious Coupe Murat. Saddier closed with 7-under-par 64, the tournament’s low round of the week, to win by five shots over Germany’s Martin Keskari.
Previous rounds of 71, 71 and 74 did not suggest any fireworks in the final round, but Saddier turned it on when it mattered most. He moves closer to French number one Julien Brun as a result. Saddier improves seven places to 12th this week, eight places behind world number four Brun.
Keskari jumps 173 places to 249th on this week’s WAGR table.
Tim Crouch of the United States won college golf’s NCAA Division II Championship. The Florida Southern student won the title in a playoff after tying for the 54-hole lead on 2-under-par with Matthew Atkins of South Carolina Aiken and Western Washington’s Jake Webb.
Crouch improves 146 places his week to world number 439. Atkins moves 72 spots to 276th, while Webb climbs 277 rankings to 915th.
Australia’s Kevin Marques climbs 123 spots this week to world number 307 after victory in the Malaysian Amateur Open Championship.
Zander Lombard of South Africa moves 52 places to 204th after winning the Kwazulu-Natal Amateur Championship.
Oliver Goss of Australia is the only player this week to break into the top 20. He moves up one place to 20th.
French amateur Thomas Elissalde joins the top 50 with an improvement of 14 spots to 50th.
Three players breach the top 100. Kevin Marsh of the United States jumps 26 rankings to 77th. England’s Patrick Kelly climbs 23 places to 82nd, while countryman Harry Casey moves up 10 spots to take the 100th position.
The NCAA Championship is supposed to be a closely fought contest. Not for Annie Park and her University of Southern California team.
Park led USC to a record-breaking victory in college golf’s blue chip event. USC’s 19-under total smashed the previous championship scoring record of 4-under. Park led the way with a 10-under-par total of 278 to win the individual title by six shots over Lindy Duncan. USC became national champions by defeating second place Duke University by 21 shots.
The 18-year-old Park has just finished her rookie season in college golf. She’s also finished the season in the top 10 of the World Amateur Golf Ranking. She climbs seven spots to world number nine this week.
Duke player Duncan breaks into the world top 30, moving 32 places to 29th. South Africa’s Paula Reto, a student at Purdue University, finished third and also breaks into the top 10. She improves three places to sit just ahead of Park in eighth spot.
French player Emma Broze won the highest ranked tournament on European soil last week, heading a strong field to win the German International Amateur Championship. Broze jumps 204 places to world number 385 as a result.
England’s Meghan Maclaren climbs 34 places this week to world number 105 thanks to victory in the Irish Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship. Rounds of 71, 73 and 74 gave her a 54-hole total of 218, 2-over-par. It was just enough for a one-shot victory over Ireland’s Paula Grant, who moves 119 spots to 210th.
Argentina’s Delfina Acosta won the Torneo Final Del Ranking De Jugadores in her homeland to improve to 71st in the world from her previous position of 79th.