Australia’s Minjee Lee (pictured right) and Brooke Mackenzie Henderson of Canada strengthen their grips on the world’s number five and six spots on the World Amateur Golf Ranking this week with significant wins in different parts of the world.
World number five Lee captured the Australian Amateur Championship for the second year in a row after defeating Karis Davidson 6&5. Lee, a 17-year-old member of Royal Freemantle Golf Club near Perth, was two-up after the first 18 holes of the final. Four consecutive birdies from the fifth hole after lunch saw her build a commanding lead that she never relinquished.
Lee solidifies her hold on the world number five spot. She is the second highest ranked Australian on the WAGR table behind world number two Su-Hyun Oh. Fifteen-year-old Davidson significantly improves her world status. She soars 2,008 places to world number 360.
Henderson maintains her sixth place ranking on this week’s table thanks to victory in the South Atlantic Amateur Championship, more popularly known as “The Sally.” Henderson, the reigning Canadian Women’s Amateur champion, compiled a 72-hole total of 285, 3-under-par.
The 16-year-old Canadian won by four shots over England’s Annabel Dimmock at Oceanside Country Club in Ormond Beach, Florida. Dimmock advances 180 rankings this week to world number 197.
German’s Laura Fuenfstueck is the only player to break into this week’s top 20. The College of Charleston student moves one place to 20th.
England’s Charlotte Thomas and Chloe Williams of Wales move into this week’s top 50. Thomas improves four rankings to 48th, while Williams takes the 50th ranking after a move of three places.
Tae Koh turned up at Grange Golf Club in Adelaide as one of 216 players hoping to win the Australian Amateur Championship. He left as a part of a select group, and with enhanced status on the World Amateur Golf Ranking.
Koh became only the third New Zealand amateur to win Australia’s national championship when he defeated Australia’s Curtis Luck 6&5 in the scheduled 36-hole final. Koh is the first New Zealander since former U.S. Open champion Michael Campbell in 1992 to win the Australian crown.
The 19-year-old Koh was born in Korea but moved to New Zealand with his family when he was six-years-old. A member of Manukau Golf Club in Auckland, Koh defeated American Max Buckley in the quarterfinals, and then took care of local player Anthony Murdaca in semi-finals to advance to the final.
Koh moves into the WAGR top 100 after a jump of 194 spots to 81st on this week’s table. Luck climbs 386 rankings to world number 247. Murdaca breaks into the world top 40, improving 67 places to 37th.
South Africa’s Thriston Lawrence advances 38 places this week to 167th after winning the KwaZulu-Natal Open Stroke Play Championship. Lawrence returned scores of 70, 68, 67 and 68 for an 11-under-par total of 273. He won by a stroke over Chris Bezuidenhout, who moves 41 rankings to 113th.
England’s Ryan Evans (pictured right) makes the biggest move into this week’s world top 20, becoming the world’s fourth highest ranked Englishman. He improves 10 places to world number 14 after finishing as top qualifier in the Australian Amateur. He returned scores of 68 and 67 for a 9-under-par total of 135, but lost in the first round.