The Men

Performance of the week

Gana soars up world order with Latin America win

Tomas Gana
  • Tomas Gana radically improves his status on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM thanks to winning the Latin American Amateur Championship. The 19-year-old Chilean won the prestigious championship in a playoff with countryman Joaquin Niemann and Alvaro Ortiz of Mexico.
  • Gana was the lowest ranked of the three at world number 285. Ortiz was ranked 250th leaving world number four Niemann the odds on favourite. Gana’s chances were further diminished by bogeying the 72nd hole to find himself in a playoff. Yet he hit his wedge approach shot to two feet at the second extra hole to win the title.
  • Gana earns an invitation to the Masters. He also jumps 118 places on this week’s ranking to 167th. Ortiz rises three places to 247th, while Niemann strengthens his status as the world number four.

Swedish joy in Spain

  • Marcus Svensson of Sweden upset the home contenders to win the Copa de Andalucía at the Real Club de Golf Guadalmina near Marbella, Spain. Svensson, winner of the 2015 Boys Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale, returned scores of 70, 68, 69 and 74 for a 281 total to win by three shots. He climbs 35 rankings this week to 139th.

Top 20 movers

  • Harrison Endycott of Australia is the only player to break into the top 20. Endycott, who helped Australia win the World Amateur Team Championship last year, moves three spot to 20th.

Top 50 movers

  • Americans William Gordon and Patrick Martin make three-ranking rises to 48th and 49th respectively.

Biggest ranking improvement

  • Australian Jackson Kalz makes the week’s most dramatic move, rising 1,126 places to world number 4,018.

The Women

Performances of the week

Grassel wins while Pano shines

Kelly Grassel
  • Kelly Grassel won the South Atlantic Women’s Amateur Championship, more popularly known as The Sally, at Oceanside Country Club in Ormond Beach, Florida but 12-year-old Alexa Pano stole the show.
  • Grassel edged out University of Florida teammate Maria Torres by one shot after scores of 68, 69, 74 and 69 gave her an 8-under-par 280. Pano came close to making history by becoming the youngest winner in tournament history. She tied third, two shots behind Grassel.
  • Grassel improves 16 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM to 72nd. Torres, from Puerto Rico, rises six places to 50th, while Pano climbs 463 rankings to 762nd.

Fierro wins Mexican Amateur

  • Isabella Fierro moves to 230th on this week’s table from 275th after winning her national amateur championship. Fierro won the Nacional de Aficionadas - Mexican Amateur. She called it “a dream come true.” Living that dream has helped her rise 45 rankings on this week’s table to world number 230.

Pagdanganan becomes Philippines number three

  • Bianca Pagdanganan becomes the third highest ranked player from the Philippines after winning the Philippine Ladies Open. Pagdanganan jumps 81 spots to 268th.

Top 50 movers

  • There are no new top 20 players this week, while Maria Torres’ second place in The Sally makes her the only new top 50 player. She makes a six-ranking rise to 50th.

Top 100 movers

  • Switzerland’s Kim Metraux is the only player to break into the top 100 with move of 15 places to 90th.

    Biggest ranking improvement

    • Australian Isabelle Taylor is the most improved player. She climbs 509 rankings to 1,272nd.
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