Ryan Evans is maturing with age, and climbing the World Amateur Golf Ranking too.
The 26-year-old Englishman moved three places to world number 11 this week after winning the Lake Macquarie Amateur Championship in Australia. He is the first English player to win the prestigious event since Adam Gee in 2006.
Evans (Pictured right) began the final round three shots behind Australia’s Jordan Zunic. However, while Zunic struggled to a 74, Evans compiled a closing 68 for a 7-under-par total of 281. It gave him a two-shot victory over New Zealand’s Luke Toomey and Jarryd Felton.
The win continued a successful trip Down Under for Evans. He was leading qualifier in the Australian Amateur Championship.
Evans won the Brabazon Trophy last year, one of two victories, and posted a number of top 10 finishes. The man from Wellingborough, England, is now the world’s third highest ranked Englishman behind world number one Matthew Fitzpatrick and reigning Amateur Champion Garrick Porteous in ninth.
Paul Howard made it an England international double by winning the Campeonato Suramericano Amateur at Barranquilla Country Club in Colombia. Scores of 71, 69, 75 and 69 gave Howard a 4-under-par total of 284 and a six-shot victory over Colombian Ricardo Jose Celia and fellow Englishman Jimmy Mullen.
Howard jumps 108 places to world number 69 as a result. Mullen climbs 46 rankings to 130th, while Celia moves to 109th from last week’s ranking of 150th.
Germany’s Dominic Foos makes one of the most impressive moves on this week’s WAGR table after holding his own among Europe’s elite in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. The reigning German Boys’ champion finished equal 16th on 10-under-par, six shots behind winner Sergio Garcia.
Foos moves to world number 37 as a result, a move of 83 places.
England’s Annabel Dimmock completed a successful campaign on Florida’s Orange Blossom Tour by winning the Ione D Jones-Doherty Amateur Championship. The win made up for the disappointment of finishing runner-up in the previous week’s South Atlantic Women’s Amateur Championship (the Sally).
The member of Wentworth Golf Club in Virginia Water, Surrey, entered the match play stages as fifth seed. She progressed fairly easily to the final, posting winning margins of 6&4, 5&3 and 6&4. She needed all 18 holes in the final against Floridian Isabella DiLisio.
Two down after two holes, Dimmock fought back to win by one hole to cap a successful trip to the Sunshine State. Aside from runner up in the Sally, Dimmock finished 14th in the Harder Hall Invitational.
The 17-year-old takes another significant step up the World Amateur Golf Ranking. Last week she climbed 180 places. This week she moves 49 rankings to 148th. DiLisio jumps 267 places to 389th.
Bethany Wu (Pictured right) of the United States advances four rankings this week to 82nd after winning the ANNIKA Invitational at the Reunion Resort in Florida. The Californian becomes the first player to successfully defend the AJGA event.
Wu won the title this year by eight shots after scores of 68-68 and 71 for a 9-under-par total of 207. China’s Wang Ziyi, Japanese player Shi Yuting and Megan Khang of the United States shared second. Ziwi moves 31 places to 126th, Yuting advances three spots to 50th, while Khang improves 18 rankings to world number 29.
Peru’s Lucia Gutierrez climbs 38 places to 55th after winning the Campeonato Suramericano Amateur Championship in Colombia. Gutierrez finished one shot ahead of Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh, who improves 17 places this week to 67th.