The World Amateur Golf Ranking top ten has a new look this week as three players break into the upper echelon of elite amateur golf.
Asia-Pacific Amateur champion Chang-woo Lee climbs to seventh in the world, an advance of four places on last week’s status for the Korean. Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup player Callum Shinkwin also breaks into this week’s top 10. The Englishman moves up three places to ninth behind eighth placed Brady Watt of Australia, who advances two rankings this week.
Michael Weaver also moves into this week’s top 10. Weaver, runner-up in last year’s U.S. Amateur Championship, improves four places this week to become world number ten.
U.S. Walker Cup player Cory Whitsett (Pictured right) remains world number one after recently replacing Matthew Fitzpatrick of England. Fitzpatrick is world number two.
Denmark’s Sebastian Cappelen advances two spots to world number four, his highest ever WAGR position. The University of Arkansas student sits just behind world number three Michael Kim.
Kevin Dougherty of the United States jumps 105 places on this week’s ranking to 189th following victory in the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate. The Oklahoma State player compiled rounds of 63, 68 and 71 for an 11-under-par total of 202. It was good enough for a one shot victory over teammate Wyndham Clark and Austin Smotherman of Southern Methodist University.
Clark improves 40 places this week to 59th, while Smotherman climbs 84 spots to 232nd.
Cameron Wilson of the United States is the only player this week to break into the world top 20 after an improvement of one place.
Ireland’s Rory McNamara breaches the top 50 with an advance of two spots to 49th.
Lindsay Gahm of the United States takes a massive leap up this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking thanks to an impressive victory in the Alamo Invitational at Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas.
Gahm (pictured right), a student at Louisiana State University, was the only player to break 70 for all three rounds to overcome a star-studded field to earn her first college victory.
The fourth year student won in style. She birdied three of the final five holes, including the 18th where she had to hole a five-foot putt for victory. Gahm finished one shot ahead of University of Oklahoma player Alexandra Kaui.
Gahm climbs 225 places on this week’s WAGR table to 152nd. Kaui’s reward for her runner-up finish is a move into the world top 100. She advances 30 places to 72nd.
England’s Melissa Siviter also makes an impressive move on this week’s table. The Georgia State player won the Palmetto Intercollegiate by two shots. Siviter returned a closing 5-under-par 67 to record a 2-under-par total of 214 to win her first college golf event in her final year.
Siviter climbs 301 places on this week’s WAGR table to world number 604.
Sirene Blair of the United States matches Siviter’s rise of more than 300 places. She improves 321 spots to 609th following victory in the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown. The first year student at San Diego State University returned scores of 71 and 67 for a 6-under-par total of 138 to win by two shots in the weather-shortened event.
China’s Yan Jing is the only player this week to break into the world top 20. She advances three places to 19th. There are no movers into the world top 50.