Gregory Eason becomes the world’s second best English amateur after winning his fifth college golf tournament. He climbs five places this week to fourth on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM.
Eason, from Leicester, England, returned three scores under par to win the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational in Ponte Vedra, Florida. He opened with a 1-under-par 71, before grabbing the tournament by the scruff of the neck with a 7-under 65. He closed out the tournament with a 69 for an 11-under-par score of 205 to win by three strokes.
Eason is now just two places behind countryman Matthew Fitzpatrick.
Robbie Shelton of the United States breaks into this week’s top 10 thanks to a joint victory in the Puerto Rico Classic with compatriot Miller Capps. They shared the victory after matching scores of 204, 12-under-par. Shelton advances seven rankings this week to ninth, while Capps jumps 137 spots to 197th.
Daniel Berna shoots up this week’s table courtesy of victory in Spanish Amateur Championship at La Reserva Golf Club in Southern Spain. The Spaniard defeated Austria’s Robin Goger 3&2 in the final.
Berna jumps 1,180 rankings to 250th. Goger becomes world number 80 after an improvement of 209 places.
American Anthony Paolucci becomes world number 125, a move of 41 spots, following victory in the Jones Sports Invitational. The University of Southern California student birdied the last hole to win the title by a shot over Riccardo Michelini of San Diego State. Paolucci was the only player in the field to return a score of level par
Michelini’s consolation is a move of 36 places on this week’s ranking to world number 156.
Sweden’s Linnea Strom makes arguably the most impressive move on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM following an equally impressive victory in the Spanish Ladies’ Amateur Championship at El Saler Golf Club.
Strom defeated England’s Annabel Dimmock 2&1 in the final. Strom, who finished runner-up to Denmark’s Emily Pedersen last year, built her victory on the back of winning three successive holes from the fifth. Dimmock fought back to reduce the deficit to one hole after 14 holes, but Strom eagled the next to go two up. Strom collected the title after halves at the 16th and 17th holes.
The Swedish amateur moves inside this week’s top 20, improving eight rankings to 16th. Dimmock, who earlier this year won the Jones/Doherty Women’s Amateur Championship on Florida’ Orange Blossom Tour, breaks into the world top 70. She climbs 68 places to 70th.
Spain’s Marta Sanz breaks into the world top 100 following victory in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate. Sanz, a student at Auburn University, returned scores of 71, 69 and 68 at English Turn Golf & Country Club in New Orleans for an 8-under-par total of 208. The Spaniard climbs 67 rankings this week to world number 94.
Mariah Stackhouse of the United States improves one place to world number 11 after winning the UC Irvine Invitational. The Stanford University player won by two strokes over Grace Na of Pepperdine University. Na moves up four rankings to 21st.
Jessica Porvasnik climbs to world number 118 this week, a move of 54 rankings, following victory in the Westbrook Invitational. The Ohio State University player took the title by four shots after a 54-hole total of 203, 13-under-par.