United States Walker Cup player Jordan Niebrugge (Pictured) takes a significant step up this week’s WORLD AMATEUR GOLF RANKINGTM after overcoming a strong field to win the Amer Ari Invitational.
Niebrugge, who helped the United States win the Walker Cup last year, returned rounds of 67, 68 and 65 over the Waikoloa Kings' Course in Hawaii to post a 7-under-par, 54-hole total of 200. It was good enough to give the Oklahoma State player a one-shot victory over Jeffrey Kang of the University of Southern California.
Niebrugge’s is rewarded with a move of five places on this week’s ranking to world number five. Kang jumps 352 spots to 1,083rd. Third place Cameron Wilson, who plays for Stanford, moves inside this week’s top 20 to 15th, an improvement of nine rankings.
Australia’s Jarryd Felton climbs inside this week’s top 30 after winning the NSW Amateur Championship at Concord Golf Club in Concord, New South Wales. Felton defeated James Bannan 3&1 in the scheduled 36-hole final.
Felton jumps 23 places this week to 28th in the world. Bannan improves 177 rankings to 915th.
South Africa’s Jason Smith advances 174 rankings this week to world number 854 after winning the South African Stroke Play Championship. Smith returned a closing 3-under-par 69 at Benoni Country Club for a 14-under-par total of 274. It gave him a one-shot victory over countryman Stefan Cronje and Scotland’s Bradley Neil.
Cronje moves 128 places to world number 687, while Neil improves 16 rankings to 103rd.
Austin Padova and Gregory Yates of the United States shared the spoils in the Sea Best Invitational at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra, Florida after scores of level par 216. Padova, of North Florida University, moves 501 rankings to 1,050th, while Texas A&M player Yates climbs 103 spots to 417th.
Australia’s Doey Choi is the pride of New South Wales after defying the WORLD AMATEUR GOLF RANKINGTM to win the New South Wales Amateur Championship at Concord Golf Club in Concord, New South Wales.
Choi, just 13-years-old, took the title despite facing a player ranked over 1200 places higher than her. Choi is ranked 1,537th in the world and came up against Ali Orchard, ranked 302nd. Yet Choi took the title with a comfortable 5&4 win.
Choi did have home field advantage against Queenslander Orchard. Choi is a member of Concord Golf Club. Orchard’s consolation is an improvement of 59 places on this week’s ranking to 243rd.
Fellow Australian Elizabeth Elmassion takes a massive leap up the world order following victory in the Tasmanian Stroke Play – Elvie Whiteside Championship at the Country Club Tasmania in Launceston, Tasmania. Seventeen-year-old Elmassion of New South Wales compiled a 6-over-par score of 290 to defeat Western Australia’s Hannah Green by a shot.
Elmassion jumps 702 rankings to world number 344 as a result. Green is the world’s 58th best player.
A slow week for the women’s amateur game sees very little movement on the ranking. However, Australia’s Minjee Lee swaps places with compatriot Su-Hyun Oh (Pictured) in the world top 10. Lee moves two places to world number three while Oh drops to fifth.
There are no movers inside the world top 20 or 50. The world top 100 sees two new faces. Spain’s Celia Barquin makes the biggest move to make the top 100. She climbs 47 places to 97th. Sweden’s Freda Gustafsson-Spang makes a more modest improvement, advancing one spot to become the world’s 100th best amateur.