The Women

Maguire sets sights on Olympics

Leona Maguire

Leona Maguire, the number one player on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM, has set her sights on representing Ireland in this year’s Olympic Games. The Duke University student hopes to join professional Stephanie Meadow in Rio de Janeiro in August.

“When I was growing up I did a lot of swimming and the dream back then was always the Olympics,” Maguire told the Irish Times. “Any athlete wants to play in the Olympics. It is the pinnacle of any sport.”

Qualifying is based on performances in professional events, so Maguire is hoping to play in a number of pro tournaments this year. “I don’t have as much control over it (qualifying) as I would like, but hopefully I will get some pro events between now and the cut off to try to improve my ranking.”

 

Performances of the week

Parra Luque dominates in Portugal

  • Maria Parra Luque had no trouble winning the Portuguese International Ladies Amateur Championship. The Spaniard led wire-to-wire, returning scores of 66, 68, 69 and 68 for a 17-under-par 271 total. Parra Luque, the world’s fourth best player, won by nine shots from Switzerland’s Albane Valenzuela. Denmark’s Puk Lyng Thomsen finished third on 284.
  • Parra Luque tightens her grip on the world number four spot. Valenzuela rises two places to 13th, while Thomsen breaks into the world 100 with a move of 48 rankings to 84th

Top 100 movers

  • There are no new top 20 or top 50 players this week, while American Krystal Quihuis joins Thomsen in the top 100 with a rise of two places to 99th.

Biggest ranking improvement

  • Germany’s Linda Trockel makes the biggest rise this week. She climbs 475 spots to world number 2,047.

The Men

Performances of the week

Beau HosslerHossler strengthens top five status

  • Beau Hossler strengthens his grip as the fifth best player on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM thanks to winning the Arizona Intercollegiate. After opening with scores of 65 and 67, the University of Texas player notched up seven birdies in a closing 67. His 11-under-par 199 gave him a two-shot victory over Frank Garber of the University of Washington.
  • It is Hossler’s third college golf victory, and second this season. Garber’s consolation prize is a move of 210 places to world number 530.

Bower wins Gauteng North Open

  • England’s Jamie Bower climbs 23 places his week after winning the Gauteng North Open in South Africa. The 22-year-old from Meltham in Yorkshire won in dramatic fashion. He holed an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole to snatch the title. His closing 1-over-par 73 gave him a 13-under-par total of 275, good enough for a one-shot victory over South Africa’s Garrick Higgo.
  • Bower moves to 54th on this week’s ranking, while Higgo makes his first appearance on the table. He joins the ranking at world number 3,890.

Top 20 movers

  • Scotland’s Grant Forrest is the only player to move into this week’s top 20. Forrest, runner-up in last year’s Amateur Championship at Carnoustie, edges up one spot to 20th.

Top 50 movers

  • Taipei’s Chun-An Yu and Adam Ball join the top 50. Both advance two spots, Yu to 49th and Ball to 50th.

Biggest ranking improvement

  • Australia’s Christopher Fan takes that honour this week with a jump of 1,386 rankings to world number 4,121.
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