Performances of the Week
Taylor breaks through
- England’s Ben Taylor (pictured right) achieved his first win in his final year of college golf. The Louisiana State University won the David Toms Intercollegiate to help his Louisiana side take the team title.
- Taylor was the only player in the field to break par. He returned scores of 74, 69 and 71 for a 214-total, 2-under-par. It gave him a three shot victory over Mercer University’s Emmanuel Kountakis.
- Taylor rises 109 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM to world number 102. American Kountakis moves 13 spots to 315th.
William registers first college win
- University of North Carolina amateur William Register was nearly flawless in winning his first collegiate title, the Primland Collegiate Invite.
- The first year student played the first 43 holes without a bogey and made 16 birdies to surge to a 17-under-par 54-hole total of 199. It was good enough for a one-shot victory over Auburn’s Michael Johnson.
- Register rises 79 rankings to 117th. Johnson becomes world number 208 from last week’s position of 313th.
Top 100 movers
- There are no new faces in either the world top 20 or 50. However, four players break into the top 100. Four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Nathan Smith jumps 72 rankings to 55th. Argentina’s Alejandro Tosti climbs 24 spots to 80th after winning the Campeonato Argentino de Menores in his homeland. Matthias Eggenberger of Switzerland won the Irish Colleges Invitational Tournament and rises to 83rd from last week’s position of 105th. Ireland’s Cormac Sharvin completes the quartet with an improvement of five places to 96th.
Biggest ranking improvement
- American Keith Unikel is this week’s biggest improver. He soars 1,727 rankings to 3,884 after victory in the Mid-Atlantic Amateur Championship.
Performances of the Week
Dreher leads French raid on Annika Invitational
- Justine Dreher takes a significant step up this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM after winning the Annika Invitational, although the tournament looked more like the French Ladies’ Amateur Championship than a U.S. college tournament.
- The University of South Carolina player returned scores of 68, 68 and 71 for a 54-hole total of 207, 7-under-par, to win her first college golf tournament. She finished one shot ahead of Northern Ireland’s Leona Maguire. However, French compatriots Celine Boutier (pictured right) and Shannon Aubert were joint third.
- Dreher jumps 53 places to 64th. She is now the world’s fourth best French player. Maguire improves 568 places to world number 1,267.
- Boutier retains her status as world number three behind Canada’s Brooke Mackenzie Henderson and Alison Lee of the United States. French number two Aubert draws closer to Boutier with a rise of seven places to 13th.
Jaffrey earns maiden win
- Connie Jaffrey earned her first win in college golf when she edged out Kansas State teammate Carly Ragains and University of Missouri player Alina Rogers to win the Johnny Imes Invitational. Jaffrey compiled an 8-under-par 54-hole total of 208 to win by a shot.
- Jaffrey climbs 16 spots to 61st. Ragains moves to 532nd, a rise of 116 rankings. Rogers is now ranked 577th after improving 178 places.
Top 20 movers
- Daniela Darquea of Ecuador advances 13 rankings to 16th, while American Dana Finkelstein moves to 18th from 23rd.
Top 50 movers
- Japan’s Kana Nagai is the only player to break into this week’s top 50 with a rise of 18 places to 42nd.
Biggest Ranking improvement
- Yuumi Kudou of Japan makes the biggest move this week, advancing 1,006 places to world number 1,498.