Performances of the week
Green gets her just reward
- After three close calls, Australian Hannah Green (pictured right) earned her first victory of the season with victory in the Dunes Medal. Green returned scores of 77, 72, 71 and 74 for a 294 total to edge Shelly Shin by a stroke.
- The win makes up for three runner-up finishes this year in the Lake Macquarie Amateur, Tasmanian Stroke Play and Western Australian Amateur Championships.
- Green rises 32 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM to 87th. Shin remains world number 44.
Brooks wins Polo tournament
- Sierra Brooks climbs 312 places this week with victory in the American Junior Golf Association’s Polo Golf Junior Classic at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The Sorrento, Florida resident earned her fourth career victory with a 4&3 win over Lauren Stephenson of Lexington, South Carolina.
- Brooks, who will play college golf for the University of Florida, moves to world number 214. Stephenson breaks inside the world top 25 with a jump of 106 rankings to 22nd.
Cheng continues winning ways
- Ssu-Chia Cheng of Taipei won the National Middle School Senior Championship in her homeland just a week after winning the Xiamen Open on the Ladies’ European Tour. Cheng moves up one place to world number 14.
Top 20 movers
- Mexico’s Marijosse Navarro is the only player to break into this week’s top 20. She advances seven spots to 19th.
Top 50 movers
- Princess Mary Superal of the Philippines joins Lauren Stephenson as the other new face in the top 50. Superal becomes world number 47 after a rise of seven spots.
Biggest ranking improvement
- American Alyaa Abdulghany is this week’s most improved player with a jump of 570 places to 259th.
Performances of the Week
Soosnam soars with Polo win
- Spencer Soosman takes all the plaudits this week with victory in the American Junior Golf Association’s Polo Golf Junior Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
- The resident of Westlake Village, California needed extra holes to see off the challenge of fellow Californian Matthew Wolff, taking the title at the 20th hole.
- Soosman’s third victory of the year came in his first match play tournament. He joins David Duval, Cory Whitsett and Cameron Peck as winners of the most AJGA individual titles in one season.
- Soosman soars 2,458 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM to 1,945th, one of the biggest improvements ever.
- Wolff makes an impressive move of his own, climbing 1,797 rankings to world number 1,931.
Dunes win moves Felton into top 50
- Australia’s Jarryd Felton breaks into the top 50 with victory in the Dunes Medal. Felton began the final round with a seven-shot lead after rounds of 73, 67 and 67. He returned a closing 73 for a 280 total and a four-shot victory over Brett Coletta and Thomas Power Horan.
- Felton rises five places to 49th. Coletta climbs 26 rankings to 188th, while Power Horan jumps 185 spots to world number 561.
Galiano improves top 20 status
- Spain’s Mario Galiano (pictured right) improves his status as a world top 20 player with victory in the Copa Nacional Puerta de Hierro in his homeland. Galiano rises two places to 17th.
Top 50 movers
- There are no new top 20 players, but 2013 US Walker Cup player Jordan Niebrugge joins Felton in the top 50 with a move of 13 rankings to 47th.
Biggest Ranking improvement
- Spencer Soosman is the runaway leader in that department with his rise of 2,458 rankings to 1,945th.