Daniela Darquea is the highlight of the main movers on this week’s WORLD AMATEUR GOLF RANKINGTM after an outstanding victory in the SunTrust Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Florida.
The University of Miami student looked to have no chance of winning when she began the final round. She was in 28th place, seven shots off the pace, yet the Quito, Ecuador native soon realized victory was within her grasp.
The first year student reeled off six birdies in the first seven holes en route to a 3-under-par 67. That was good enough for a 4-over-par total of 214 and a one shot victory over three players. It was Darquea’s second victory in as many weeks.
She advances eight rankings this week to world number 36. She is the world’s highest ranked Ecuadorian, the only player from the South American country in the world top 200.
France’s Ines Lescudier breaks into the world top 90 after winning the Dr Donnis Thompson Invitational in Hawaii. Lescudier, a third student at Kennesaw State University, was the only player in the field to match par over 54 holes. She won by a shot over Mississippi State’s Jessica Peng.
Lescudier climbs 18 places this week to 90th. She is the world’s fourth highest ranked French player. Peng jumps 363 rankings to 744th.
Lacey Fears of the United States advances 101 spots to 145th following victory in the 3M Lady Jaguar Intercollegiate in Augusta, Georgia. The Mercer University student ran out a four-shot winner over Samantha Postillion of the University of Illinois. Postillion moves 113 places to 341st.
American Kristina Nhim moves to 331 in the world from last week’s ranking of 569 thanks to winning the Clover Cup.
Finally, Denmark’s Nanna Madsen becomes the world’s tenth best amateur after advancing four rankings this week.
Roman Robledo of the United States breaks into the top ten of this week’s WORLD AMATEUR GOLF RANKINGTM after winning his third straight tournament.
The University of Houston player moves eight spots this week to world number eight after winning the Border Olympics at Laredo Country Club in Laredo, Texas. The third year student returned three sub par scores of 71, 68 and 70 for a 7-under-par total of 209 to win by two shots. It is his fourth win of the 2013-14 college season and the fifth of his career. Those five victories have come in his last nine tournaments.
France’s Joel Stalter makes a significant move up this week’s ranking with victory in the National Invitational Tournament in Tucson, Arizona. The University of California player finished with a 6-under-par 66 to compile a 54-hole total of 205, 11-under-par, to win by three shots. It’s his third victory of the season and brings his career total to five.
Stalter breaks into this week’s top 35, climbing 28 rankings to 31st.
England’s Tomasz Anderson jumps 31 places this week to 35th after winning the Tiger Invitational. From Stevenage, England, Anderson attends Jacksonville State University. He has now won four times in three years of college golf.
Corey Conners strengthened his status as Canada’s number one amateur by earning a joint victory in the General Hackler Championship with Andrew Dorn. Conners, of Kent State University, and Coastal Carolina student Dorn finished tied on even par scores of 216 to share the victory.
Conners advances two spots this week to 18th in the world. Dorn moves 28 places to world number 147.
Australia’s Curtis Luck is the pick of those players breaking into the world top 100. He jumps 54 rankings to 83rd after winning the Western Australia Amateur Championship.