The Men

Performance of the week

Nakajima takes gold in Asian Games

 

Keita Nakajima of Japan breaks into the World Amateur Golf RankingTM top 140 after winning the gold medal in the Asian Games golf tournament in Jakarta. Nakajima led from the opening round with scores of 68, 68, 70 and 71 for an 11-under 277 total. It gave him a one-shot victory over Korea’s Seungtaek Oh. China’s Cheng Jin finished third, two shots behind Nakajima.

 

Nakajima climbs 66 rankings to 139th. Oh is 184 places better off at world number 444, while Jin rises 28 spots to 216th.

 

Hietala wins Finnish Amateur

 

Alex Hietala makes a 79-ranking improvement this week to 381st after winning the Finnish Amateur Championship in Helsinki. After consecutive scores of 69, Hietala posted a closing 66 for a one-shot victory over Matias Honkala, who returned a final round 64. Honkala’s consolation is a rise of 13 rankings to 58th to strengthen his status as Finland’s third highest ranked golfer.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Finland’s Aleksi Myllymaki is the only player to break into the top 50 with a three-ranking rise to 50th after third place in the Finnish Amateur Championship. He’s the second highest ranked Finish player after world number 21 Sami Valimaki. There are no new top 20 entrants this week.

 

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

South African Derek Scullard make’s the week’s most significant move up the WAGR table by winning the KwaZulu-Natal Amateur Championship at Durban Country Club. Scullard, a member of Mount Edgecombe Country Club, defeated Nikhil Gopal 5&4 in the final. Scullard jumps 2,575 places to world number 2,391. Gopal joins the ranking at 3,551st.

The Women

Performances of the week

Holpfer rebounds to win English Stroke Play

 

Austria’s Isabella Holpfer bounced back from losing in the Girls British Open Amateur Championship final to win the English Women's Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Coventry Golf Club by 11 shots. Holpfer announced her intentions early with an opening round 66, 7-under-par, to begin the tournament with a six-stroke lead. She was never knocked off the top of the leaderboard, adding scores of 73, 68 and 72 for a 13-under 279 aggregate. Pasqualle Coffa of The Netherlands took second place on 290.

 

Holpfer improves her status on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM by climbing 63 positions to 163rd, while Coffa jumps 116 rankings to 348th.

 

Saso finishes in style to take Asian Games gold

 

Yuka Saso of the Philippines overcame a four-shot deficit going into the final round to win gold at the Asian Games in Jakarta. Saso began the final round four shots behind China’s Wenbo Liu but returned a 6-under 66 to Lui’s 73 to take the gold medal by three shots. Saso edges up one spot this week to world number 47, while silver medal winner Liu is ranked 31st.

 

Top 50 movers

 

No one breaks into the top 20 this week, while Isabella Fierro of Mexico is the only new top 50 player with a one-ranking rise to 50th. She improves her status as Mexico’s second highest ranked player behind world number 13 Maria Fassi.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Japan’s Yuna Kaki takes that honour with a jump of 705 positions to 1,908.

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