The Women

Performances of the week

Ranking strength helps USA win Curtis Cup

  • The United States entered the 38th Curtis Cup as on paper favourites to win back the trophy the Curtis sisters donated to amateur golf. The eight-woman US team was ranked higher on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM than Great Britain & Ireland. The ranking did not lie.
  • The United States recorded an emphatic 13-7 victory. So dominant was the US side that only a point was needed in the final singles session to wrestle back the cup lost at Nairn two years ago.
  • While GB&I fielded a strong team, it couldn’t match the USA’s strength in depth. The USA counted eight players inside the world top 30, with five inside the world top 20. GB&I featured only two players in the top 20.
  • World number 18 Emma Talley secured the winning point with a 4&3 victory over Bronte Law. Talley and world number two Alison Lee led the Americans with three and a half points each.

Italian joy in Germany

  • Italy’s Virginia Elena Carta is the new German Girls Open champion after taking the title at St Leon Rot Golf Club. It was her third straight win following the Slovenian Amateur Championship and the Internationaux de France Juniors Filles-Trophee Esmond. She improves four places this week to 24th.

Top 50 movers

  • There are no new top 20 players, but Bronte Law jumps into the top 50 with a move of 1 place to 50th.

Top 100 movers

  • Allisen Corpuz of the United States climbs 15 rankings to 93rd, while Taipei’s Ssu-Chia Cheng advances 10 spots to 99th.

Biggest ranking move

  • France’s Louise Latorre takes that honour this week with a move of 842 places to 889th.

The Men

Performances of the week

Forrest secures home win

  • Grant Forrest won the St Andrews Links Trophy with a birdie at the first playoff hole to defeat countryman Bradley Neil. Forrest becomes the first Scot to win the title since Kier McNicol in 2008.
  • Forrest, who attends the University of San Diego, had to birdie the Old Course’s 18th hole to get to 9-under-par and force a playoff with Neil. The gods were on Forrest’s side. The former Scottish Boys and Scottish Amateur champion had already eagled the hole in the third round, and then made birdie from the Valley of Sin to tie Neil’s total of 278.
  • Already the highest ranked Scot at world number 64, Forrest jumps 41 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM to 23rd. Neil moves 27 spots to 43rd.

Paratore joins world top 10

  • Italy’s Renato Paratore moves eight places on this week’s ranking to ninth after winning the Italian Amateur Stroke Play Championship. Paratore reached the quarter finals of last year’s Amateur Championship at age 16.

Kountakis wins Palmetto

  • Emmanuel Kountakis won the Palmetto Amateur at Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken, South Carolina. The Augusta, Georgia native took the title by four shots, and climbs 361 rankings to 261st.

Top 20 movers

  • Zimbabwe’s Scott Vincent is the only player to break into the top 20, moving one place to 20th.

Top 50 movers

  • Forrest and Neil aren’t the only players to break into the top 50. Kyle Jones of the United States moves 17 places to 34th after winning the Southern Amateur. Davis Riley improves eight spots to 45th, while China’s Dou Zecheng climbs 13 rankings to 47th.

Biggest ranking movement

  • Steven Zych of the United States is the week’s most improved player with a move of 1,578 places to world number 3772
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