Performance of the week
Nimmer doubles up in Hawaii
American Bryson Nimmer steps into the World Amateur Golf RankingTM top 50 after his second consecutive college victory. The Clemson University student added the Maui Jim Intercollegiate title to the Carpet Capital Collegiate tournament he won in his last start. Scores of 67, 63 and 65 at Mirabel Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona gave him a 15-under 195 total, and a two-shot victory over Chun An Yu of Arizona State. Nimmer jumps 18 rankings to 43rd, while An Yu is seven places better off at 27th.
Dunkle scales heights in Colorado
Kyler Dunkle jumps 82 positions to 332nd by winning the Showdown in the Rockies in Colorado. Dunkle, who attends Utah University, won in a playoff after he and Trevor Olkowski tied on 9-under 207. Dunkle birdied the first extra hole. Olkowski advances 397 rankings to 1,509th.
Sale rises to the Challenge
Julien Sale breaks into the top 800 after a three-shot victory in the Golfweek Conference Challenge. The Arkansas State player led on 8-under after 36, holes, and was declared champion when inclement weather in Cedar Rapids, Iowa forced cancellation of the final round. Sale climbs 331 places to 782nd.
Top 20 movers
New Zealand’s Daniel Hillier is the only new top 20 player. He makes a two-ranking rise to 19th.
Top 50 movers
Denmark’s John Axelsen and Amateur Champion Jovan Rebula join Nimmer in the top 50. Axelsen, who recently helped Denmark win the World Amateur Team Championships, advances five positions to 46th. Rebula, winner of this year’s Amateur Championship at Royal Aberdeen, becomes the world’s 50th best player with a 17-ranking rise.
Biggest ranking improvement
Morocco’s Anas Marjane is the biggest riser with a jump of 1,216 spots to world number 4,311.
Performances of the week
Tavatanakit storms to Annika win
Thailand’s Paphangkorn Tavatanakit makes a one ranking rise to seventh on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM thanks to winning the Annika Intercollegiate in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. UCLA student Tavatanakit opened with scores of 72 and 68 before closing with a course record 63 around Royal Golf Club. Tavatanakit had seven consecutive birdies from the ninth and eagled the 18th. She came home in 28 shots. She defeated American Malia Nam by a shot with a 13-under 203 total. Nam rises 311 positions to 1,845th.
Bettel strengthens status with Mercedes win
Leonie Bettel strengthens her status as Austria’s third best player with a four-shot victory in the Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate. Bettel, who plays college golf for the University of Kentucky, recorded scores of 71, 72 and a 65 for a 5-under 208 total. She climbs 47 positions to 171st.
Home comforts aids Carlson win
Abbey Carslon of the United States is 89 rankings better off this week in 265th place on the WAGR table thanks to victory in the Mason Rudolph Championship. The Vanderbilt student took advantage of home course advantage and inclement weather to win her first college golf tournament. Consecutive rounds of 6–under-par 66 over the Vanderbilt Legends Club gave her a five-shot victory when poor weather meant the final round couldn’t be played.
Top 50 movers
There are no new top 20 players this week, while Haylee Harford of the United States is the only new top 50 entry. She makes a 13-ranking rise to 50th after winning the Lady Paladin Invitational.
Biggest ranking rise
American Siarra Stout takes that honour with a move of 757 spots to 591st.