The Men

Performance of the week

U.S. Mid-Am win takes O’Connell into top 20

 

Kevin O’Connell makes a dramatic move into the World Amateur Golf RankingTM top 20 after winning the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at Charlotte Country Club in North Carolina. The 30 year old defeated fellow North Carolina native Brett Boner 4 and 3 in the 36-hole final.

O’Connell called his Monroe Invitational victory in June his biggest career victory. It doesn’t come close to winning a national championship. O’Connell earns a spot in next year’s U.S. Open Championship at Pebble Beach, and a likely Masters invitation. He also makes a 346-ranking move to 20th in the world order. Boner makes the week’s second biggest jump by moving 1,432 positions to 2,524th.

 

Hall, Kuest share Tucker win

 

England’s Harry Hall and Peter Kuest improve their world status after sharing the spoils in the William H Tucker tournament in Albuquerque New Mexico. Their 11-under 205 aggregates gave them a four-shot victory margin. UNLV student Hall moves 16 ranking to 73rd, while Kuest climbs 78 places to 364th.

 

Knowles and Fisk inseparable at Shoal Creek

 

The Shoal Creek Intercollegiate also saw joint winners as Americans Philip Knowles and Steven Fisk shared the trophy. Knowles moves inside the top 70 with an eight-ranking rise to 69th, while Fisk celebrated a 14-place move to 82nd.

 

Top 20 movers

 

O’Connell is the only new top 20 player thanks to his U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship victory.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Germany’s Allen John and Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra Coto of Spain join this week’s top 50. John jumps 54 places to 25th, while Lopez-Chacarra Coto is 31 rankings better off in 30th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Australia’s Jack Buchanan takes the biggest jump on this week’s WAGR table. He soars 1,811 rankings to world number 1,470.

The Women

Performances of the week

 

Jeon sails to career high ranking

 

Jiwon Jeon’s victory in the Schooner Fall Classic gives her a two-ranking rise to seventh on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM, her highest position on the WAGR table. Jeon ran out a three-shot winner over University of Alabama teammate Lauren Stephenson after scoring 66, 64 and 66 for a 17-under 196 total. Jeon, who finished runner-up in this year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, has won four times in college golf this year. Stephenson also makes a significant two place move to world number three.

 

Galdiano moves into top 20 with Golfweek win

 

U.S. Curtis Cup player Mariel Galdiano moves back into the world top 20 following victory in the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Wolcott, Colorado. Galdiano fashioned a closing 65 thanks to playing the front in 29 shots, 7-under. Her 13-under 203 total gave her a two-shot victory. She makes a seven-ranking improvement to 20th.

 

Arevalo saves best for last in Coeur D'Alene

 

Abegail Arevalo returned a final round 3-under 68 to come from five shots off the lead to win the Coeur D'Alene Collegiate. The Philippines golfer, who attends San Jose State University, posted a 2-under 211 total to eke out a one-shot victory. She moves 50 places to 187th.

 

Top 20 movers

 

Galdiano is the only new top 20 player following her Golfweek Conference Challenge victory.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Isabella Fierro of Mexico and Sweden’s Maja Stark are the only new top 50 players this week. Fierro is five places better off in 47th, while Stark slips in behind her in 48th after six-ranking rise.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

American Shannon Johnson takes the honours as the week’s most improved player with a jump 695 spots to world number 1,165.

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