Sam Horsfield (Pictured Right) makes the most significant move on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking, and fulfils Ian Poulter’s bullish belief in him.
English born Horsfield, now a resident of Davenport, Florida, won the New Year’s Invitational at St. Petersburg Country Club in Florida to move into this week’s top 10. The 17-year-old fashioned a 13-under-par total of 275, including a second round 7-under-par 65, the low round of the tournament.
The reigning Florida State Amateur champion finished four shots ahead of University of Purdue player Philippe Schweizer, and seven shots better than Michael McGowan.
Poulter campaigned for Horsfield to be included in last year’s Great Britain & Ireland Walker team. The flamboyant Ryder Cup player has acted mentor to Horsfield for a number of years and knows his talents well. Poulter will no doubt be pleased to see Horsfield move to world number six on the WAGR table from last week’s position of 21st.
Schweizer climbs 142 places this week to world number 332. McGowan’s third place finish moves him into the world top 100. He improves 29 rankings to 74th.
Australia’s Simon Viitakangas also takes a big step up this week’s ranking after winning the prestigious Australian Master of the Amateurs at Royal Melbourne. Viitakangas held or shared the lead in every round, running out a two-shot winner over Todd Sinnott.
Queenslander Viitakangas jumps 300 rankings to world number 188. Sinnott moves 70 spots to 135th.
England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick maintains his world number one status over Cory Whitsett of the United States. Fitzpatrick will seek to maintain the top position after abruptly ending his college career at Northwestern University in Chicago.
Fitzpatrick entered Northwestern last September. However, the reigning U.S. Amateur champion has decided not to return. He will play full time amateur golf instead.
Meghan Stasi is living proof mid-amateurs can sometimes compete with teenagers. She proved that with an emphatic victory in the 59th Harder Hall Invitational in Sebring, Florida.
The 35-year-old finished eight shots ahead of a couple of 18-year-olds to win her first Harder Hall title. She compiled scores of 73, 72, 74 and 70 for a 72-hole total of 289, 1-over-par.
Stasi, former college golf coach at the University of Mississippi, is a four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion looking to book a spot in this year’s U.S. Curtis Cup team for the match in St Louis, Missouri, June 6-8. Her Harder Hall victory will help. So will a significant jump up the WAGR table. Stasi improves 42 places this week to world number 61.
Hannah Pietila and Emmy Martin shared second place. Martin improves 380 rankings to 385th, while Pietila climbs 307 spots to world number 548.
Australia’s Jenny Lee advances 80 rankings this week to world number 166th after winning the Lake Macquarie Amateur Championship in a playoff. Lee defeated compatriot Hannah Green with a birdie at the second extra hole after the pair had tied on 5-under-par totals of 287.
Green improves six places this week to world number 41 as a result of her runner-up finish.
Mexico’s Gabriela Lopez moves into this week’s top 50 following victory in the Mexican Amateur Championship. Lopez improves her status as the world’s highest ranked woman amateur, jumping 21 places to world number 49.
Thailand’s Supamas Sangchan climbs 36 rankings this week by winning the Philippine Ladies Open. She moves to world number 122.
As there are no movers in this week’s top 20, Alison Lee (Pictured Right) remains the number 1 ranked player on the women's rankings. Cyna Rodriguez of the Philippines joins Lopez in the top 50, advancing 12 spots to 50th. Meanwhile, Gemma Dryburgh becomes the world’s highest ranked Scottish player after a jump of 38 places to 87th.