It might pay to remember the name Renato Paratore (pictured right). He could be destined to follow in the footsteps of Italian greats like Costantino Rocca, Francesco and Edoardo Molinari and Matteo Manassero, winner of the 2009 Amateur Championship at Formby.
Paratore improves on his status as the world’s leading Italian amateur thanks to victory in the Portuguese Amateur Championship at Montado Golf Resort near Setabul. The 17-year-old from Rome took the title in a playoff with England’s Nick Marsh after they’d tied on 7-under-par scores of 281. Paratore won with a par at the first extra hole.
The young Italian reached the quarterfinals in last year’s Amateur Championship at Royal Cinque Ports. The 16-year-old had the nous then to seek out Manassero for advice on how to play links golf. He might soon be asking his elder countryman on how to cope with stardom.
Paratore jumps 12 places on this week’s WORLD AMATEUR GOLF RANKINGSTM, improving to 25th in the world. Marsh climbs 31 rankings to 53rd.
Hank Lebioda and Trey Rule of the United States shared the SunTrust Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Florida. They tied on 4-under-par totals of 206, three shots clear of the field.
Lebioda, of Florida State University, improves 72 rankings this week to 133rd. Mercer University’s Rule climbs 162 places to world number 239.
Australia’s Lucas Herbert is the only player to break inside this week’s top 20. He moves four rankings to 19th.
Scotland’s Grant Forrest moves inside the top 50 after victory in the Farms Collegiate Invite in Rancho Santa Fe, California. The University of San Diego player defeated Jimmy Beck of Kennesaw State in a playoff.
Forrest climbs 23 rankings to 49th, the world’s highest ranked Scottish player. Beck breaks inside the top 75, improving 27 spots to 73rd.
Fanny Cnops used home field advantage to win the UCF Challenge and make a significant move up this week’s WORLD AMATEUR GOLF RANKINGSTM.
The Belgian amateur is a student at the University of Central Florida, and the tournament was staged at Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando, Florida, the university’s home course. Cnops was the only player in the field to break the par of 72 in all three rounds. Scores of 67, 70 and 71 helped her to a 54-hole total of 208, 8-under-par. She won by three strokes over Casey Kennedy of GRU Augusta.
Cnops jumps inside this week’s top 75 after a move of 60 places to 72nd. She is the world’s highest ranked Belgian. Kennedy also climbs into the world top 75. She improves 36 rankings to 73rd.
Annie Park (pictured right) of the United States strengthens her grip on the number two position behind world number one Alison Lee with victory in the NorthropGrumman Regional Challenge at Palos Verdes Golf Club in California.
Park, a student at the University of Southern California, took the title by seven shots over England’s Hayley Davis. Scores of 67, 67 and 73 gave Park a 54-hole total of 207, 6-under-par.
Baylor player Davis moves inside the world top 50. She advances 10 places to 42nd, further advancing her chances of a place on this year’s Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup team. The top four ranked GB&I players as of May 4 automatically make the team. Davis is currently fourth on that mini-ranking behind Stephanie Meadow (4), Georgia Hall (9) and Bronte Law (32).
Finland’s Matilda Castren also makes a respectable move up the world order this week. She climbs to 57th from last week’s position at 84th after victory in the Seminole Match Up.