Ladies 2015 WAGR® round up
Leona Maguire, Olivia Mehaffey, Hannah O’Sullivan, Aditi Ashok and Emma Talley were among the best performers in the women’s amateur game in 2015. Here are the season’s highlights.
Performances of the year
Maguire proves her class
- Leona Maguire took the Mark H McCormack Medal as the leading woman amateur on the 2015 World Amateur Golf Ranking®.
- The honour was well deserved. The Northern Irish player won three times for Duke University during the 2014/15 college season.
- She finished second in the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters on the Ladies European Tour, one shot behind the winner. She was also leading qualifier in the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship.
Mehaffey wins three straight
- Northern Ireland’s Olivia Mehaffey began the year outside the top 200 only to end the year ranked 11th.
- She raced up the ranking thanks to three straight wins.
- Mehaffey won the Irish Girls’ Under-18 Stroke Play, the Helen Holm Scottish Open Stroke Play and the Welsh Ladies’ Open Stroke Play in successive weeks.
O’Sullivan becomes America’s national champion
- Hannah O’Sullivan had the best year of her golfing life when she was the last woman standing at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship.
- O’Sullivan also broke the 72-hole scoring record to win the Rolex Tournament of Champions, one of two American Junior Golf Association wins in three weeks.
- She finished the year ranked world number two.
Ashok conquers Great Britain
- Aditi Ashok made history when she became the first Indian golfer to win both the St Rule Trophy and the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship.
- The Bangalore resident finished the year as world number 13.
Talley wins NCAA Championship
- American Emma Talley ended the year as world number 14 thanks in part to winning the individual title in the NCAA Championship.
Men’s WAGR 2015 Round up
- The 2015 amateur season featured strong performances by players on the World Amateur Golf Ranking®. Here are some of the highlights.
Performances of the year
Amateurs light up Open Championship
- Strong performances in the Open Championship proved the gap between elite amateurs and the world’s best professionals is slight.
- Ireland’s Paul Dunne became the first amateur since Bobby Jones in 1927 to share the 54-hole lead.
- He slipped to a 78 in the final round to finish 30th, however, others picked up the slack.
- American Jordan Niebrugge took the silver medal by finishing joint sixth.
- Countryman Oliver Schniederjans returned a closing 67 to finish equal 12th along with England’s Ashley Chesters.
- Niebrugge, Schniederjans and Chesters broke the 72-hole score by an amateur of 281 set by Iain Pyman (1993) and Tiger Woods (1996).
- Amateur Champion Romain Langasque made the cut and finished 65th.
Double delight for DeChambeau
- Bryson DeChambeau achieved the two biggest victories in American amateur golf when he took the individual title in the NCAA Championship and won the U.S. Amateur Championship.
- The U.S. Walker Cup player ended the season as the world’s fourth best amateur.
Mullen’s perfect Walker Cup
- England’s Jimmy Mullen entered the Walker Cup ranked 90th in the world, the lowest ranked Great Britain & Ireland player.
- However, he won four points out of four to help GB&I to victory and join Andrew Oldcorn, Paul Casey and Luke Donald as the only GB&I players to win four points in a Walker Cup.
Rahm-Rodriguez finishes 5th on PGA Tour
- Jon Rahm-Rodriguez, winner of the 2015 Mark H. McCormack medal as the world’s leading amateur, finished joint 5th in the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.
- The Arizona State player also finished 10th in the PGA Tour’s OHL Classic at Mayakoba.