The Men

Performance of the week

Thorbjornsen enters top 40 with late U.S. Junior win


Michael Thorbjornsen looked like finishing runner-up to close friend Akshay Bhatia for most of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Baltusrol. It took Thorbjornsen 32 holes to get his nose in front. Four holes later and Thorbjornsen made a cast iron par on the final hole to win the 71st U.S. Junior Amateur. The 16 year old from Wellesley, Massachusetts makes a significant move up this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM as a result. He advances 175 positions to 36th. Bhatia joins his friend in the top 50 with a rise of 47 places to 48th.


Cover conquers the South


Patrick Cover climbs 99 places to 144th after winning the Southern Amateur Championship. Cover rode to victory courtesy of a second round 63. It helped him to a 12-under 276 total and a one-shot victory over SM Lee. Cover improves his world status by 99 places to 144th. Lee breaks into the top 50 with a rise of 17 places to 35th.


Walsh cruises to Porter Cup win


Thomas Walsh breaks into the world top 90 with a comfortable win in the Porter Cup. Walsh took the 36-hole lead with scores of 69 and 65 and was never knocked off the top of the leaderboard. Another two rounds of 67 and 68 gave him an 11-under 269 total and a three-shot victory. He also rises 35 spots to 90th.


Top 50 movers


Australian Blake Windred joins Thornjornsen, Bhatia and SM Lee in the top 50 by improving nine places to 45th.


Biggest ranking improvement


American Ransom Jacobson is the week’s most improved player by jumping 1,999 rankings to world number 3,490 after winning the Greater Houston City Junior Championship.


The Women

Performances of the week

Noh emerges from fog to claim U.S. Girls’


Thick fog at Poppy Hills in Pebble Beach California played havoc with the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship, but it didn’t stop Yealimi Noh from emerging as champion. Nothing can stop Noh at the moment. The 16-year-old from Concord, California added the U.S. Girls’ title to the Girls’ Junior PGA Championship she won last week for her fourth win her last five events. Noh defeated 13-year-old Alexa Pano 4&3 to break into the World Amateur Golf RankingTM top 40 with a move of 20 places to 34th. Florida native Pano enters the top 160 by advancing 60 positions to 159th.


Blackman holds off Curtis Cup pair for English win


Georgina Blackman is 54 rankings better off this week in 223rd place after holding off two Curtis Cup players to win the English Women's Amateur Championship at Wilmslow Golf Club. The 22-year-old Chelmsford Golf Club member compiled scores of 69, 70, 70 and 71 for an 8-under 280 aggregate. It was one shot better than Curtis Cup players Sophie Lamb and Annabell Fuller, England’s third and fourth best players respectively on the WAGR table. Lamb rises 10 spots to 63rd, while Fuller makes a four-ranking rise to 80th.


Top 20 movers


Italy’s Alessia Nobilio moves back into the world top 20 with a one-ranking rise to 20th.


Top 50 movers


Isabella Fierro enters the top 50 by improving her world status to 49th, a move of two places. She is Mexico’s second highest ranked player after world number 13 Maria Fassi.


Biggest ranking improvement


American Julia Gregg makes the week’s most emphatic rise. She jumps 846 spots to 627th.

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