Performance of the week
Augenstein cracks top 40 with Players win
John Augenstein joins the World Amateur Golf RankingTM top 40 after winning the Players Amateur Championship at Berkley Hall Golf Club in Bluffton, South Carolina. The Owensboro, Kentucky native returned four sub-68 scores – 66, 67, 68 and 67 – to post a 16-under 268 aggregate for a four-shot victory over China’s Andy Zhang. Augenstein, who attends Vanderbilt University, climbs 27 places on this week’s WAGR table to 32nd. Zhang breaks into the top 15 with a five-ranking rise to 12th.
Springer rides hole in one to Trans-Miss win
Hayden Springer timed his first hole in one in competitive play to perfection. An ace at the par-3 16th hole in the final round of the Trans-Mississippi Amateur Championship helped him to a one-shot victory. The Texas Christian University player took the 115th running of the Trans-Miss by one shot over fellow Texan Pierceson Coody. Springer improves his world status by 202 rankings, rising to 283rd. Coody jumps 186 spots to 279th.
Auboin doubles up in Biarritz
France’s Antoine Auboin advances 51 positions to 182nd, his highest ever ranking, after winning his second consecutive tournament. Auboin added the Biarritz Cup to the Grand Prix de Chiberta he won last week.
Top 50 movers
Three players join Augenstein in the top 50 in a week when there are no new top 20 players. American Cameron Young is 17 places better off at world number 45. Yechun Carl Yuan of China makes a 20-ranking rise to 47th, while France’s Frederic Lacroix edges up two places to 50th.
Biggest ranking improvement
Pat Pelletier of the United States makes the week’s biggest move with a jump of 2,215 places to world number 2,699.
Performances of the week
Lau rebounds from Ladies’ British loss
Stephanie Lau found almost the perfect tonic for finishing runner-up in the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship at Hillside. She returned home to the United States and won the North & South Women's Amateur Championship at Pinehurst. Lau, runner-up to Germany’s Leonie Harm at Hillside, defeated Gabriela Ruffels 2&1 to win one of America’s most prestigious amateur tournaments. Lau breaks into the World Amateur Golf RankingTM top 50 with a move of 28 positions to 50th. Ruffles is now ranked 206 places higher at 358th.
Noh continues roll with Junior PGA win
Yealimi Noh attains her highest WAGR position after continuing a fine run of form with victory in the Girl's Junior PGA Championship. It was the second consecutive victory for the American and third in her last four events. No surprise then that Noh is getting closer to the top 50. She assumes 54th place this week after a jump of 16 spots.
Scavo win TRANS National
Kathleen Scavo of the United States is 37 rankings better off this week at 148th by winning the Women's TRANS National Amateur Championship at Peach Tree Golf & Country Club in Maryville, California. Scavo ran out a one-shot winner over China’s Ziyi Wang after posting scores of 68, 72, 70 and 70 for an 8-under 280 total. Wang is now the 159th ranked player after a move of 31 places.
Top 50 movers
There are no new faces in the top 20, while Italy’s Virginia Elena Carta joins Lau in the top 50 with a two-ranking rise to 49th.
Biggest rankings improvement
American Haley Greb makes the biggest move with a jump of 651 places to 794th.