Canada’s Corey Conners (pictured right) takes a significant step forward on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking after winning the Jones Cup Invitational at Ocean Forest Golf Club in Sea Island, Georgia.
The Kent University student defeated America’s Austin Connelly at the first hole of a sudden death playoff after the pair tied on 2-over-par scores of 218. Conners, a native of Listowel, Ontario, bogeyed the par-4, 18th hole to find himself in the playoff. However, he parred the first extra hole while Connelly made bogey.
The 21-year-old Canadian jumps 19 places on this week’s WAGR table to world number 22. Conners, who lost to world number one Matthew Fitzpatrick in the semi-finals of last year’s U.S. Amateur, is now the world’s highest ranked Canadian.
Connelly moves inside the top 50, advancing 44 places to 48th.
Brandon Hagy of the United States and France’s Joel Stalter shared first place in the Arizona Intercollegiate. The University of California players tied on 2-under-par totals of 211. Hagy climbs inside the world top 20, moving to 19th from last week’s ranking of 28th. Stalter is the world’s 34th best amateur.
South Africa’s Christiaan Bezuidenhout breaks into the world top 75 after victory in the Free State Open in his homeland. Bezuidenhout improves 34 rankings to 71st.
Fitzpatrick continues to top the WAGR table. However, Patrick Rodgers replaces Cory Whitsett as world number two after a move of one spot, with Whitsett dropping to third.
Ryan Evans becomes the world’s second highest ranked Englishman after an improvement of three places to eighth, one ranking above reigning Amateur Champion Garrick Porteous.
Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup player Gavin Moynihan makes an emphatic move this week. He improves 108 spots to 66th.
Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup selectors are keeping close tabs on the World Amateur Golf Ranking ahead of the match to be played at St Louis Country Club, June 6-8. The WAGR table will help determine who travels to the United States. The table is offering an intriguing race even this early in the new season.
The top four GB&I players on the WAGR table after the Welsh Open Stroke Play Championship that ends May 4th will automatically make the team. The current top four are world number three Stephanie Meadow (pictured right), number nine Georgia Hall, 35th placed Bronte Law and 46th ranked Charlotte Thomas. Law and Meadow appeared in the GB&I team two years ago, with Meadow gaining the winning point at Nairn. There is a lot of jostling behind them to take one of those four automatic places.
Welsh amateur Chloe Williams is next in line. She occupies 51st place, followed by England’s Hayley Davis in 56th. English amateur Gabriella Cowley has made a significant start to her Curtis Cup dream with a move of 14 places to 58th this week, and seventh on the Curtis Cup WAGR points race. Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh has also come into the frame with a recent move into the top 100. She improves one place this week to 66th. Northern Ireland’s Leona Maguire is seeking a return to the match following her appearance in 2010. She is 94th on the WAGR table.
There will be lots of permutations before May 4th.
Among the permutations on this week’s WAGR table are Annie Park’s move to world number two behind Alison Lee. Park replaces Australia’s Su-Hyun Oh, who drops to third.
This week’s most notable winner is Silvia Banon Ibanez of Spain after victory in the Portuguese International Amateur Championship. She moves 80 rankings to 169th.