The Men

Performances of the week

Thornberry does patriotic duty

  • American Braden Thornberry kicks off his 2016 season with a significant jump up the World Amateur Golf RankingTM after winning the Patriot All-America tournament. The first year Ole Miss student played his final five holes in three-under-par to take the title.
  • Scores of 73 and 67 put Thornberry a stroke out of the lead, but a closing level par 71 gave him a 2-under-par 211 total. He won by a stroke from David Kocher and Adam Wood.
  • Thornberry climbs 94 places on this week’s ranking to 130th. Kocher breaks into the top 100 with a rise of 26 spots to 93rd. Wood moves into the top 50, advancing 18 rankings to 48th.

Norwegian flies through Florida winds

  • Kristoffer Reitan overcame stiff breezes to win the Junior Orange Bowl Championship at the Biltmore Golf club in Coral Gables, Florida. The 17-year-old Norwegian was the only player to break par for all four rounds, returning scores of 70, 67, 72 and 70 for a 5-under-par 279 total. Reitan took the title by five shots. He moves 241 places this week to 204th.

Top 20 movers

  • Germany’s Maximilian Rottluff is the only new entry in the top 20. He edges up one spot to 20th.

Top 50 movers

  • Fellow Americans Carter Jenkins and Adam Ball join Adam Wood in the top 50. Jenkins rises 6 places to 46th, while Ball moves to world number 50 after a one-place improvement.

Biggest ranking improvement

  • Rodrigo Sanchez of the Dominican Republic takes that honour after finishing 25th in the Junior Orange Bowl Championship. He rises 1,101 rankings to world number 3,844.

The Women

Performances of the week

Valenzuela enjoys Florida swing

  • Albane Valenzuela certainly enjoyed her time in Florida over the Christmas period. The Swiss amateur added the Junior Orange Bowl Championship to the Doral Junior Championship she won the week before Christmas. Valenzuela returned a 3-under-par 281 total at the Biltmore Golf Club in Coral Gables, Florida to win by three shots over France’s Agathe Laisne and Euikyung Shin of South Korea.
  • Valenzuela, already the world’s highest ranked Swiss player, improves nine places to 21st on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM. Laisne moves inside the world top 100 with a rise of 10 places to 98th. Shin enters the ranking at world number 2,109.

Wright storms to Arizona victory

  • Kenzie Wright came from five shots off the lead to win the Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship. The McKinney, Texas resident returned a closing 5-under-par 67, the tournament’s low round, to post an 8-under-par 208 total over Arizona State University’s Karsten Golf Course. She earned a two-shot victory over fellow American Jiyoon Jang.
  • Wright jumps 587 spots to world number 1,354, while Jang climbs 181 places to 780th.

Top 50 movers

  • There are no new entries in this week’s top 20, while American Lauren Stephenson is the only player to break into the world top 50. She edges up one place to 50th.

Top 100 movers

  • Kacie Komoto of the United States joins France’s Agathe Laisne in the top 100 with a move of 24 rankings to 88th.

    Biggest ranking improvement

    • Kenzie Wright’s 587 ranking improvement to world number 1,354 after her Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship makes her this week’s most improved player.
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