The Women

Performances of the week

Lee upsets Choi to win NSW Amateur

  • Somi Lee of Korea soars up this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM after winning the NSW Amateur Championship in Australia. Lee upset compatriot and favourite Hye Jin Choi at Terrey Hills Golf and Country Club. Lee was ranked 251 places below Choi in the world order, with a ranking of 255th. Yet she beat the world number four 2&1 to earn her second prestigious title in the space of six weeks. She won the Junior Orange Bowl International in December. She climbs 210 rankings this week to move inside the top 50 to 45th.
  • Lee defeated Hyun Kyung Park 2&1 in the semi-final, while Choi recorded the same score against defending champion Ga Young Lee. Park remains the world’s 74th best player while Lee rises seven places to 141st.

Kay challenges pros on Gold Coast

Rebecca Kay
  • Rebecca Kay celebrated her 18th birthday with a third-place finish in the RACV Gold Coast Challenge, a co-sanctioned event between the Ladies European and Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tours. Kay posted a 3-under-par 54-hole total to finish alone in third spot, three places behind winner Prima Thammaraks of Thailand. Kay, who won the South Australian Junior Girls Masters in January, climbs 68 places this week to world number 839.

Top 50 movers

  • There are no new top 20 movers while Somi Lee’s NSW Amateur win makes her the only player to move into the top 50.

    Biggest ranking improvement

    • Korea’s Yunji Jeong is the week’s most improved player with a jump of 357 places to world number 1,406.

    The Men

    Performances of the week

    Thornberry dominates Jones Cup

    • Braden Thornberry jumps 25 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM to 36th with an outstanding victory in the Jones Cup at Ocean Forest Golf Club in Sea Island, Georgia. The Mississippi native was the only player to finish the event under par. Thornberry took the first-round lead with a 5-under-par 67 and never relinquished it. Further scores of 72 and 73 gave him a 4-under-par 212 and a five-shot victory.

    Fredrik Nilehn wins following playoff in Hawaii

    Rico Hoey
    • Fredrik Nilehn won the Amer Ari Invitational in Hawaii following a three-man play-off which included Rico Hoey and Jared du Toit.  The trio had finished tied on 16-under-par totals of 200 following the stroke play rounds. That score was two better than world number one Maverick McNealy, who was seeking a record 12th win for Stanford University.
    • Hoey joins the world top 10 with a rise of 12 places to 10th, du Toit climbs 5 spots to 19th while Nilehn advances to 51st from last week’s position at 69th.

    Gregory wins all-England battle in Australia

    • Reigning Amateur champion Scott Gregory defeated England teammate Marco Penge to win the NSW Amateur in Australia. Gregory took the title by on hole in the 36-hole final. He moves three places to seventh, while Penge improves 12 positions to 85th.

    Top 20 movers

    • Hoey and Du Toit are the only players to join this week’s top 20.

    Top 50 movers

    • Three players join Thornberry in the top 50. Rowin Caron of The Netherlands rises six places to 48th, while American Chandler Phillips and Matias Honkala of Finland make two-ranking moves to 48th and 50th respectively.

    Biggest ranking improvement

    • Korea’s Joo Hyung Kim makes the week’s biggest move, rising 2,436 rankings to world number 2,459.
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