The Women

Performances of the week

Fassi follows in Annika’s footsteps

  • Mexico’s Maria Fassi put on a performance at Olympic Hills Golf Club in Eden Prairie Minnesota reminiscent of Annika Sorenstam in her prime. The University of Arkansas player cruised to a five-shot victory by defending a tournament that bears the legendary Swede’s name.
  • Fassi rises four places to 22nd on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM after successfully defending the Annika Intercollegiate by 3M with scores of 70, 70 and 66 for a 10-under 206 total. It was Fassi’s second consecutive victory this season.

McCrary steers steady course through Windy City

  • United States player Maddie McCrary overcame a stellar field to win the Windy City Collegiate Championship. The Oklahoma State player was the only player to break the par of 71 each round with scores of 70, 68 and 69 for a six-under-par 207 total and one shot victory. She climbs into the top 50 with a jump of 23 rankings to 43rd.

Melecka starts college career in style

  • Tereza Melecka of the Czech Republic soars 114 places to 418th after winning the Johnie Imes Invitational. The first-year East Tennessee State University student earned her first college victory with scores of 71, 66 and 69 for a 10-under 206 total. She becomes Czechoslovakia’s seventh highest ranked player.

Top 20 movers

  • Denmark’s Puk Lyng Thomsen is the only new top 20 player with a four-ranking rise to 17th.

Top 50 movers

  • American Dylan Kim and Jiwon Jeon of Korea join McCrary in the top 50. Kim advances 11 rankings to 41st, while Jeon jumps 90 places to 49th after winning the Xavier Invitational.

Biggest ranking improvement

  • Tuan-Yu Chiang of Taipei is the most improved player with a jump of 542 rankings to world number 1,022.

The Men

Performances of the week

Xiong strengthens top 10 ranking

  • Norman Xiong takes a firmer grasp on his sixth-place World Amateur Golf RankingTM after victory in the Nike Collegiate Invite. Xiong, who helped the United States win the Walker Cup at Los Angeles Country Club last month, returned three consecutive sub 69 scores over the par 71 Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains Oregon to eke out a one-shot victory over a class field.
  • The University of Oregon player began with a 6-under 65 before adding rounds of 68 and 67 for a 13-under 200 total.

Ellis shares spoils for first college victory

  • Amateur Champion Harry Ellis earned his first college victory as a Florida State player when he tied for top spot in the Marquette Intercollegiate along with Marquette’s Austin Kendziorski. They ran out one-shot winners with three-under-par 213 totals.
  • Ellis, who won the Amateur Championship at Royal St George’s in June, moves into the world top 50 by advancing seven rankings to 44th. Kendziorski takes a significant step up the world order with a jump of 1,171 places to world number 2,586.

Hague conquers Northern England

  • England’s David Hague climbs 51 spots to 104th after winning the North of England Open Amateur Championship. Hague took the title at Pannal Golf Club for his second big win of the year following the Lagonda Trophy in May.

Top 50 movers

  • There are no new top 20 players this week, while Jacob Bergeron of the United States joins Harry Ellis in the top 50 with a rise of eight rankings to 46th.

Biggest ranking improvement

  • Thailand’s Kritchayapol Sinchai takes that honour this week by moving 1,647 places to 3,801st.
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