Canada’s Brooke Mackenzie Henderson (Pictured Right) proved why she’s ranked sixth on the World Amateur Golf Ranking with an emphatic victory in the prestigious Junior Orange Bowl tournament in Coral Gables, Florida.
The reigning Canadian Ladies’ Amateur champion began the final round tied for the lead with South Korea’s Soyoung Lee. However, Henderson quickly established her superiority with four birdies in her first six holes to pull away from the field.
Henderson eventually posted a 4-under-par 67 to go with earlier scores of 68, 72 and 73 for a 72-hole total of 280, 4-under-par, to win by five shots over Megan Khang of the United States. Lee faded with a 5-over-par 76 to finish equal fourth.
The 16-year-old Canadian strengthens her grip on sixth spot in the world order as a result. Khang improves one spot this week to 50th. She is the only player this week to break into the top 50.
Krystal Quihuis of the United States climbs 148 places this week to world number 248 thanks to victory in the Arizona Silver Belle Championship in Chandler, Arizona. Tucson resident Quihuis led the event from start to finish, closing with a 4-under-par 68 for a 14-under-par total of 202. That score was good enough for a three-shot victory over Simin Feng of Windermere, Florida.
Feng, a first year student at Vanderbilt University, improves seven places to 71st on this week’s WAGR table.
Alison Lee of the United States continues to hold a slender lead at the top of the WAGR table over Australia’s Su-Hyun Oh.
There are no movers into this week top 20. The top 100 sees two new faces in Australia’s Julienne Soo and Mariel Galdiano of the United States. Soo climbs 20 places to 82nd, while Galdiano advances two rankings to 99th.
Kyle Westmoreland celebrates the start of the 2014 golf season with a big jump up the World Amateur Golf Ranking after winning the Patriot All-America tournament at The Wigwam Golf Club in Litchfield Park, Arizona.
Westmoreland, who plays college golf for Air Force Academy, defeated Finland’s Toni Hakula (Pictured Right) in six-hole playoff after the pair tied on 5-under-par scores of 205 for 54-holes. Hakula, who lost the 2013 Amateur Championship to Garrick Porteous at Royal Cinque Ports, appeared to have handed Westmoreland the tournament at the second extra hole after his tee shot found water. However, the Finn eked out a par to keep the match alive. Westmoreland finally took the title at the 6th extra hole when he holed a three and a half foot birdie putt.
Westmoreland climbs 87 places on this week’s table to world number 77. Hakula, a student at the University of Texas, begins this year ranked 37th.
Jim Liu of the United States also makes a significant move to start his 2014 campaign. Liu, a semi-finalist at last year’s Amateur Championship, is the only player this week to break into the top 50. The first year Stanford University student advances 15 places this week to 46th in the world.
England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick starts 2014 as he ended 2013: at the top of the world order. The Englishman tops the WAGR table ahead of Americans Cory Whitsett and Patrick Rodgers.
United States Walker Cup player Jordan Niebrugge is the only new addition to the top 10. He improves two places this week to ninth.
There are no movers into the top 20. However, Beau Hossler joins Westmoreland in the top 100. The American moves one place to occupy 100th spot.