The Women

Performances of the week

Galdiano sets record, cracks top 30

  • Sixteen-year-old Mariel Galdiano starts 2015 in the world top 30 thanks to setting a tournament record to win the Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Arizona.
  • The Hawaiian led from start to finish, posting a 16-under-par score of 200 to break the previous best score by two shots. A closing 5-under-par 67 gave her a seven-shot victory over Haley Moore.
  • Galdiano climbs 18 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM to 30th as a result. Moore improves 31 places to 252nd.

Jeong crashes into rankings

  • Korea’s Juwon Jeong didn’t have a world ranking when she arrived in Coral Gables, Florida for the Junior Orange Bowl International. She remedied that gap in her CV with great aplomb.
  • Jeong found herself in a sudden-death playoff with world number four Linnea Strom of Sweden after the pair tied on 283, 1-under-par. Jeong played the role of David to Strom’s Goliath with birdies at all three play off holes to take the prestigious title.
  • Jeong takes her place in the world order at number 1,856. Strom remains at number four.

Top 20 movers

  • Haruka Morita of China moves up one place to 20th.

Top 50 movers

  • American Lori Beth Adams rises to world number 50 after an improvement of one spot.

Top 100 movers

  • Germany’s Lena Schaeffner and Sierra Sims of the United States break into this week’s top 100. Sims rises 15 places to 91st, while Schaeffner becomes the world’s 100th best player after a move of one spot.

Biggest ranking improvement

  • Angella Then of the United States begins the year with the biggest rise. She jumps 470 places to world number 2,118.

The Men

Performances of the week

Kochevar soars up world order

  • Kyle Kochevar of the United States soars up the first World Amateur Golf RankingTM of 2015 with victory in the Patriot All-America tournament at Wigwam's Gold Course in Litchfield Park, Arizona.
  • Kochevar tied for the lead with George Cunningham after they posted 1-under-par totals of 209. Kochevar, who returned a closing 2-under-par 68, prevailed in the two-hole playoff.
  • The University of Virginia player jumps 829 places to 550th. Cunningham advances 609 rankings to 301st.

Niemann wins Junior Orange Bowl

  • Joaquin Niemann birdied two of the final three holes in a closing 4-under-par 67 at the Biltmore Golf Club in Coral Gables, Florida to win the Junior Orange Bowl International. The Chilean posted a 7-under-par total of 277 to win by two shots over Carl Yuan of the United States.
  • Niemann climbs 100 places to world number 332, while Yaun improves 107 places to 300th.

Walsh takes Saguaro title

  • Sean Walsh of the United States won the Saguaro Amateur Championship by five shots at Southern Dunes Golf Club in Orlando, Florida and climbs 224 places on this week’s ranking to 464th.

Top 10 movers

  • Chilean Guillermo Pereira moves inside this week’s world top 10 with a jump of eight places to seventh. 

Top 100 movers

  • There are no new faces in either the top 20 or top 50, but three Americans crack the top 100. Aaron Wise climbs 50 places to 91st. Jimmy Beck improves seven rankings to 97th, while Cody Blick becomes the 99th ranked player with a rise of 12 spots.

Biggest ranking improvement

  • Chad McCann of the United States takes that honour with a jump of 942 places to world number 4,385.
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