Scotland’s Grant Forrest steps into the World Amateur Golf Ranking top 100 after winning his second tournament for the University of San Diego.
The North Berwick native won the Saint Mary's Invitational in Seaside, California. Rounds of 71, 69 and 69 gave him a 54-hole total of 209, 7-under-par. It was good enough for a one-shot victory over University of California player Michael Weaver, the 2012 U.S. Amateur runner-up.
Forrest, the reigning Scottish Amateur champion, climbs to 71st on this week’s WAGR table from last week’s position of 113th. He is the world’s highest ranked Scottish amateur.
Weaver, who played on this year’s U.S. Walker Cup team, is the world’s 12th best amateur.
Chase Koepka looks set to prove that brother Brooks isn’t the only one in the family who can play a little golf. Brooks won three times on this year’s European Challenge Tour, but little brother Chase has plenty of game too.
The younger sibling jumps 64 places on this week’s table after victory in the Rees Jones Invitational. The University of South Florida compiled rounds of 68, 70 and 74 for a 4-under-par winning score of 212 to win by four shots over Payne McLeod.
Koepka moves to 144th on this week’s ranking as a result. McLeod improves 46 spots to 179th.
China’s Guan Tianlang moves inside this week’s world top 20. The 2012 Asia-Pacific Amateur champion becomes the world’s 15th best amateur after improving seven places. France’s Julien Brun is the only other player to break inside this week’s top 20. The Texas Christian University player advances two ranking spots to 19th.
Doug Hanzel of the United States makes one of the biggest improvements this week after winning the USGA Senior Amateur Championship. The 56-year-old jumps 446 spots to 854th courtesy of defeating Pat O’Donnell 3&2 in the final.
The Golfweek Conference Challenge turned into a two horse race between two Pepperdine University students with Grace Na outlasting teammate Marissa Chow to win her fifth college golf title.
Na, in her final year at Pepperdine, trailed Chow by a shot heading into the final round at Red Sky Golf Club in Wolcott, Colorado. However, Na posted a 4-under-par 68 to Chow’s 71 to win by two shots. Na finished with a 6-under-par total of 210.
Na moves up one place on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking to world number 27 as a result. Chow climbs 21 places to 63rd.
Denmark’s Nanna Madsen is the only player to break into this week’s world top 50. Madsen jumps 21 places to 42nd after winning the European Club Trophy in Bulgaria. Madsen is the world’s second highest Danish amateur after world number 10 Emily Kristine Pedersen.
There are no movers into this week’s top 20, but a cosmopolitan quartet breach the top 100. Peru’s Lucia Gutierrez makes the biggest improvement. She climbs 31 places to 79th, the world’s highest ranked Peruvian. Austria’s Sarah Schober improves 26 spots to 89th. Maribel Lopez of Colombia climbs 12 places to 96th, while Cyna Rodriguez of the Philippines moves one spot to occupy 100th place.
New Zealand’s Mun Chin Keh moves six places this week to 61st following victory in the Carrus Open in her homeland.
Ellen Port of the United States jumps 542 places this week to world number 1,569 after winning the USGA Senior Amateur Championship for the second year running. Port, the 2014 U.S. Curtis Cup captain, defeated Susan Cohn 3&2 at Cordevalle in San Martin, California to earn her sixth USGA title.