England’s Lauren Taylor proved yet again that there isn’t much to separate the top amateurs from the professional ranks with her victory in the Norrporten Ladies Open in Sweden.
Taylor, the 2011 Ladies’ British Amateur champion, topped the professionals in her first start on the Ladies’ European Tour Access Series. The Woburn golfer was the only player to break par for three rounds, compiling a 54-hole total of 217, 1-under-par.
The victory justified Taylor’s decision not to return to Baylor University for her second year of college golf. The 19-year-old is hoping to make enough points on the Access Series to earn a card for next year’s Ladies’ European Tour. Taylor, winner of the 2011 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award, moved to equal 23rd on the Access Series order of merit. She will gain an LET card if she finishes top five on the order of merit after the final events.
Taylor hasn’t turned her back on amateur golf. She will play for England in next week’s Home Internationals. If she can get into the top 25 on the World Amateur Golf Ranking then she is exempt into the LET Qualifying School without having to pre-qualify.
Victory in Sweden has helped Taylor’s chances of making the WAGR top 25. She moves 16 places this week to 60th after her win.
There is no movement in this week’s top 10, but two players break into the top 20. Germany’s Karolin Lampert and Erynne Lee of the United States both move two spots. Lampert becomes world number 19, while Lee takes 20th place.
The world top 50 also sees two new entries. Denmark’s Nanna Madsen moves two places to become world number 49, while Spain’s Camilla Hedberg also moves two places to 50th.
Last week Austen Truslow was languishing in 359th place on the World Amateur Golf Ranking. This week he is a world top 60 player thanks to victory in his first American Junior Golf Association invitational.
The Florida amateur recorded a 54-hole total of 213, 1-under-par, at Ponte Vera Beach, Florida, to win the Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf. It was good enough for a two-shot win over Zachary Bauchou, George Cunningham and Austin Connelly.
Truslow returned a final round 3-over-par 75 with a card that contained four bogeys and two double bogeys. Thankfully, he mitigated the damage with five birdies to capitalize on the two-shot lead he took into the third round after scores of 71 and 67.
The University of Virginia bound Truslow jumps 301 spots this week to 58th in the world. Bauchou breaks into the world top 90, advancing 18 places to 87th. Connelly breaches the world top 100, moving 62 places to 98th. Cunningham jumps 59 rankings to 155th.
James Erkenbeck of the United States is the only player to break into this week’s top 20. He improves one place to 20th.
England’s Ashley Chesters and America’s Andrew Yun are the only two players to move into the top 50. Yun advances two spots to 49th, while reigning European Amateur champion Chesters becomes world number 50 after also moving two spots.
Chesters is the 11th best English amateur on the WAGR table.
Great Britain & Ireland recorded a convincing 15-9 victory over the Continent of Europe in the Jacques Leglise Trophy at Royal St David’s.