The Men

Performances of the week

Murdaca breaks into top 100 with Asia-Pacific win

  • Australia’s Antonio Murdaca takes a significant leap up the World Amateur Golf RankingTM following the biggest win of his life.
  • Murdaca entered the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship 168th in the world. He proved he belongs higher up the world order with a seven-shot victory at Royal Melbourne to become the first Australian winner of the prestigious tournament.
  • Scores of 69, 68, 67 and 71 gave the 19-year-old from Adelaide a 13-under-par total of 275. Japan’s Mikumu Horikawa finished second on 282.
  • Murdaca, who earns a trip to the Masters and entry into The Open Qualifying Series, rises 73 places to 95th. Horikawa jumps 89 rankings to 43rd.

Stewart wins Tavistock, cracks top 20

  • Hunter Stewart of the United States earned his second victory of the college season when he edged Vanderbilt teammate Carson Jacobs by a shot to win the Tavistock Collegiate Invitational. Stewart compiled a 13-under-par total of 203 at Lake Nona.
  • Stewart climbs 20 rankings to 16th. Jacobs advances 40 places to 144th.

Griffin wins for second time

  • American Benjamin Griffen won his second college tournament with victory in the Bridgestone Collegiate tournament. Griffen, a first-year student at the University of North Carolina, won by a shot over Virginia Tech’s Scott Vincent.
  • Griffen climbs 58 rankings to 109th, while Zimbabwean Vincent rises eight places to 46th.

Top 20 movers

  • Stewart is the only player to break into this week’s top 20 .

Top 50 movers

  • Jack Maguire of the United States joins Horikawa and Vincent in the top 50 with a move of 14 spots to 37th.

Biggest ranking movement

  • Jason Diab of South Africa is this week’s most improved player with a jump of 1,477 rankings to world number 3,794.

The Women

Performances of the week

Holder birdies last for first win

  • Ashley Holder of the United States birdied the final hole to win the Landfall Tradition, her first college victory. She also climbs 34 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM.
  • The University of Central Florida student compiled a 7-under-par 209 total for a one-shot victory over Denmark’s Nanna Madsen (pictured right). Holder moves to 41st on this week’s table. Madsen remains at world number three behind number one Brooke Mackenzie Henderson of Canada and France’s Celine Boutier.

Ha has last laugh with first win

  • American Cindy Ha earned her first college victory with a two-stroke victory over Vanderbilt University teammate Kendall Martindale in the Rainbow Wahine Invitational in Honolulu.
  • Ha, in her first year of college golf, compiled a 6-under-par total of 210. She climbs 26 rankings on this week’s table to 21st. Martindale breaks into the top 50 with a rise of 25 places to 47th.

Shin rules in Queensland

  • Shelly Shin moves 26 places up the world order with a 3&1 victory over Samantha Foley in the Queensland Stroke Play Championship at Arundel Hills Golf Club. Shin becomes the world’s 54th best woman amateur as a result. Foley jumps 176 rankings to 403rd.

Top 20 movers

  • Haruka Morita of China and Japanese amateur Minami Katsu are the only players to breach this week’s top 20. Morita improves 14 places to 18th, while Katsu moves eight spots to 20th.

Top 50 movers

  • Spain’s Nuria Iturrios joins Holder and Martindale in the top 50 by moving one spot to 50th.


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