The Women

Performances of the week

Laisne leaps up world order with Euro win

  • Agathe Laisne makes a significant move up the World Amateur Golf RankingTM thanks to a surprise victory in the Ladies’ European Amateur Championship at Lausanne Golf Club in Switzerland. The French player began the final round eight shots behind world number three Albane Valenzuela. However, she returned a closing 5-under-par 67 and found herself standing with the trophy when home favourite Valenzuela struggled to 76. Laisne ran out a one-shot winner.
  • She rises 32 places on this week’s ranking to 34th while Valenzuela improves her number three status.

Kupcho conquers Canada

  • Jennifer Kupcho strengthens her grasp on the world number four spot after an impressive victory in the Canadian Women's Amateur Championship. The Colorado native led the championship from her opening five-under-par 65 and was never surpassed. Further scores of 70, 66 and 72 gave her a 273 total and a five-shot victory over world number five Lilia Kha-Tu Vu.

Shepherd wins U.S. Junior

  • Erica Shepherd newfound status as the U.S. Girls’ Junior champion sees her leap up the world order. The 16-year-old defeated Jennifer Chang 3&2 in the scheduled 36-hole final at Boone Valley Golf Club in Augusta, Missouri. Shepherd climbs 146 places this week to 226th. Chang improves nine rankings to 87th.

Top 20 movers

  • Bailey Tardy of the United States is the only new top 20 player, with a one-ranking rise to 20th.

Top 50 movers

  • American Rachel Heck and Italy’s Carlotta Ricolfi join Laisne in the top 50. Heck improves 18 spots to 38th, while Ricolfi moves to 50th with a seven-ranking rise.

Biggest ranking improvement

  • American Brooke Riley jumps 983 rankings to 635th after winning the California Women's Amateur Championship.

The Men

Performances of the week

Burnage follows in Willett’s footsteps

  • Jake Burnage arrived at Walton Heath Golf Club for the South of England Championship hoping to emulate Masters winner Danny Willett in 2007. So far so good for the 22-year-old.
  • Willett played his way into the 2007 Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team with wins in the South of England and English Amateur Championships. Burnage has taken care of the first part of that double. He ran out a one-shot winner at Walton Heath after posting an 11-under-par 277 to climb 94 places on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM to 256th.
  • The Saunton Golf Club member is now looking for another impressive showing in this week’s English Amateur.

Sugrue surges with South of Ireland win

  • James Sugrue surges up this week’s WAGR table after winning the South of Ireland Championship at Lahinch. Sugrue handled the strong westerly winds better than the rest of the field. He battled through gusts reaching 40mph to defeat Conor O’Rourke 3&2 and jump 273 rankings to 802nd. O’Rourke improves 24 places to 143rd.

Montano cleans up in Cardinal

  • Jose Luis Montano of Bolivia makes a 31-ranking rise to 145th with a wire-to-wire victory in the Cardinal Amateur at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. The University of North Carolina student ran out a two-shot winner.

Top 20 movers

  • Norway’s Viktor Hovland is the only new top 20 player, with a rise of five places to 16th.

Top 50 movers

  • KK Limbhasut of Thailand rises six places to 48th. Americans Zachary Bauchou and Scott Harvey both improve seven rankings to 49th and 50th respectively.

Biggest ranking improvement

  • Russia’s David Jozeph Atkins is the most improved player with a 1,994-ranking jump to world number 3,134.
  • 62 after winning the AJGA Junior at RiverWatch.
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