Geoffrey Drakeford and Taylor James MacDonald move up this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking after leading Australia to victory in the Nomura Cup in Thailand.
The Australian duo teamed with Cameron Davis and Aaron Wilkin to win the prestigious title for the 10th time in the tournament’s 26-year history. Tied with Thailand heading into the final round, the Australian quartet posted a closing score of 201 to win by nine shots over Korea. Thailand placed third.
MacDonald and Drakeford shared the individual title with Korea’s Nam-hun Kim after the trio compiled 72-hole scores of 277, 11-under-par.
MacDonald moves up four places this week to 27th. He is the world’s third highest ranked Australian behind eighth ranked Brady Watt and world number 16 Oliver Goss.
Drakeford climbs 48 spots to 125th. Kim jumps 80 rankings to become the world’s 165th best amateur.
Denmark’s Nicolai Kristensen moves into the world top 200 after winning the Copa Juan Carlos Tailhade at Los Lagartos Country Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Kristensen returned scores of 70, 72, 69 and 73 for a 4-under-par total of 284 to win by two shots from Spain’s Mario Galiano Aguilar. However, Galiano Aguilar teamed with David Morago to take the team title by two shots over Australia.
Kristensen improves 109 rankings this week to 197th. Galiano Aguilar moves to 56th from 72nd.
Americans Michael Weaver (pictured above) and Jordan Niebrugge move into this week’s top 10 after improving one place. Weaver goes to ninth with Niebrugge taking 10th place.
There are no movers into the top 20, but two players break into the top 50. Canada’s Kevin Carrigan jumps 164 spots to 47th, while Austen Truslow of the United States improves one ranking to 50th.
Former Asia-Pacific Amateur champion Guan Tianlang is the only player to breach the top 100 after an improvement of 120 places to 74th.
Budsabakorn Sukapan of Thailand takes the plaudits on this week's World Amateur Golf Ranking after winning the Malaysian Junior Open Championship, her first significant victory.
The 16-year-old held off a stout challenge by defending champion Princess Mary Superal of the Philippines. Scores of 67, 70 and 70 around Glenmarie Golf & Country Club in Subang gave Sukapan a 54-hole total of 207, 9-under-par. Superal closed with a 4-under-par 68 to come up one shot behind the Thai teenager in second place.
Sukapan breaks into the world top 300 as a result. She improves 59 places to 297th. Superal remains the world’s 66th ranked woman amateur.
New Zealand’s Joanna Kim also breaks into this week’s top 300 following victory in the Omanu Classic in her homeland. Kim climbs 69 places to 249th.
India’s Gauri Monga is another to make a significant move this week. She jumps 256 places to 441st with victory in the USHA Eastern Ladies & Junior Girls Championship at Tollygunge Golf Club in Kolkata, India. Monga began the final round in third place, but still won the title despite returning a final round 2-over-par 72. It is Monga’s second significant victory in the space two months. She won the USHA DGC Ladies Open in Delhi last month.
There are no movers into this week’s top 10 or 20. China’s Yueer Feng (pictured above) is the only player to break into the top 50. She climbs 12 places to world number 49.
Two players move into this week’s top 100. New Zealand’s Lita Guo advances two spots to 99th, while Lori Beth Adams of the United States takes 100th place after also moving two rankings.