Lee Chang Woo’s Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship victory not only means he will play on the world’s biggest stages next year, it dramatically improves his current status on the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
Chang-Woo (Pictured right) showed his class to win by three shots over Japan’s Shohei Hasegawa at Nanshan International Golf Club in Shandong province, China. The 19-year-old Korean began the final round with a one shot lead. He posted a closing 70 after earlier scores of 70, 72 and 69 for a 3-under-par total of 281.
The win earns Chang-woo a spot in next year’s Masters and a place in International Final Qualifying for the Open Championship. Hasegawa will also play in International Final Qualifying as a result of his runner-up finish.
Chang-woo arrived in China ranked 31st on the WAGR table. The biggest victory of his life moves him to world number 11. Hasegawa jumps from last week’s ranking of 448th to 57th.
Trey Mullinax of the United States climbs 57 places on this week’s ranking to 42nd after winning the Isleworth Collegiate Invitational. Mullinax, a student at the University of Alabama, broke par in all three rounds to win by four shots over Florida State’s Hank Lebioda.
Mullinax took the first round lead with an opening 6-under-par 66 and never looked back. Further scores of 68 and 71 gave him a 54-hole total of 205.
Lebioda climbs 87 rankings this week to 154th.
Lars van Meijel of The Netherlands and American Henry Do shared victory in the weather shortened Bridgestone Collegiate. They tied on 36-hole scores of 139, 5-under-par. Van Meijel moves to 279th on this week’s ranking from 348th. Do climbs 345 places to 479th.
Alison Lee of the United States and Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow (Pictured right) make significant moves on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking after victories on the U.S. College golf circuit.
Lee replaces Australia’s Su-Hyun Oh as world number one after victory in the Stanford Intercollegiate in Stanford, California. The UCLA student overcame a three-shot deficit in the final round to win by a stroke over 36-hole leader Sophia Popov of the University of Southern California.
Lee returned rounds of 69, 67 and 70 for a 7-under-par total of 206. Popov closed with a 3-over-par 74. She advances eight places on this week’s WAGR table to 24th.
Meadow is setting records at the University of Alabama that should stand for a long time. Her victory in the Landfall Tradition was her eighth in college golf, five more than any other player in University of Alabama history.
The Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup player took the title with scores of 70, 71 and 72 for a 3-under-par total of 213. It was good enough for a two-shot victory over Yu Liu of Duke University.
Meadow also moves two places on this week’s WAGR table to fourth in the world as a result. Liu jumps 27 spots to world number 87.
Spain’s Natalia Escuriola is the only player this week to break into the world top 20. She moves two places to 19th.
Three players step into the world top 50. Lindsey Weaver of the United States climbs 28 places to become world number 42. Princess Mary Superal of the Philippines advances three spots to 49th, while Israel’s Laetitia Beck takes 50th place after a jump of 11 rankings.