The Men

Niemann tries for card

  • World Amateur Golf RankingTMnumber one Joaquin Niemann will test his skill against seasoned professionals as he tries to earn a card for the 2018 Web.Com Tour at this week’s Tour Q-School at Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Arizona. Maverick McNealy, who succeeded Niemann as winner of the 2016 Mark H. McCormack medal as the world’s leading amateur, is also in the field. McNealy turned professional after helping the United States win this year’s Walker Cup. Former elite amateurs in the field include McNealy’s Walker Cup teammates Cameron Champ and Rico Hoey, 2016 U.S. Amateur and Asia-Pacific Amateur champion Curtis Luck and 2015 Open Championship silver medallist Jordan Niebrugge.

Performances of the week

Walker raises Scottish flag in Morocco

  • Scotland’s Euan Walker gave Scottish amateur golf a boost by winning the Grand Prix Agadir in Morocco. He advances seven positions to 253rd.

Srinivasan becomes India’s number seven player

  • Shivnaren Srinivasan rises 135 places to 615th after winning the IGU Telangana Amateur in his homeland to become the world’s seventh highest ranked Indian. Srinivasan defeated Aadil Bedi at the first extra hole after the pair had tied on 277 totals, seven-under-par. Bedi climbs 94 spots to 831. He is the 12th highest ranked Indian.

Top 50 movers

  • There are no new faces in the top 20, while Chile’s Gabriel Morgan Birke is the only new top 50 player with a five-rankings rise to 48th.

Top 100 movers

  • Henrik Machado of Brazil becomes the world’s 100th best player by improving three positions thanks to victory in the Faldo Series Grand Final in the United Arab Emirates.

Biggest ranking improvement

  • Carlos Ruiz-Tagle Marinetti is the most improved player with a jump of 1,265 rankings to world number 2,838.

The Women

Performances of the week

Torres/Ree makes seamless jumps to LPGA

  • Add the names Maria Torres and Robynn Ree to a long list of players to prove that the line between elite amateurs and professional golfers is very thin indeed. Both players leave the amateur game in style after coming through the LPGA Qualifying School to earn cards for the 2018 LPGA Tour.
  • Torres, the number 16 player on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM, made history by becoming the first Puerto Rican to earn full LPGA status when she won a three-hole aggregate playoff at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Florida to take the 20thand last card. World number 30 Ree qualified without extra holes. She finished equal fifth.
  • Ree leaves the University of Southern California midway through her third year. She won three times as a USC player. Torres was a was a two-time All-American during her time at Florida.

Gilly becomes Venezuelan number four

  • Valentina Gilly takes over as Venezuela’s fourth best player after winning the Abierto de Chile by 11 shots. Rounds of 70, 70, 75 and 73 gave her a level par 228. She climbs 319 rankings to world number 890 as a result.

Top 100 movers

  • In a slow week for amateur competition, there are no new top 20 or 50 players while only one player breaks into the top 100. Italy’s Emilie Paltrinieri edges up one place to 100th.

Biggest ranking improvement

  • Ching-Ling Chang of Taipei takes that honour after a jump of 730 rankings to world number 1,726.
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