The Men

Performance of the week

Ghim strengthens number one status

Doug Ghim improves his status as the number one player on the World Amateur Golf Ranking TM after a third place finish in the NCAA D1 Championship. The U.S Walker Cup player finished one shot out of a playoff after returning a 6-under 282. Broc Everett of the University of Augusta defeated Auburn’s Brandon Mancheno. Everett turned professional immediately afterwards, while Mancheno rises 100 places this week to 80th.

Poppleton

Nick Poppleton jumps 128 positions to 211th after a dramatic victory in the English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Frilford Heath Golf Club. The 24 year old from Yorkshire, England pipped South Africa’s Wilco Nienaber at the second hole of a sudden death playoff when he chipped in for birdie. Poppleton and Nienaber finished at the top of the field after posting 16-under 272 totals. Poppleton adds his name to the Brabazon Trophy along with a host of prestigious winners that includes Sandy Lyle, Gordon Brand Jnr and Ronan Rafferty. Nienaber’s consolation is a move of 66 places to 203rd.

Top 20 movers

Two players join this week’s top 20. Angel Hidalgo Portillo of Spain rises two spots to 19th, while Australian Dylan Perry moves back into the top 20 with a two-ranking rise to 20th. Perry finished runner up to Harry Ellis in last year's Amateur Championship, and has entered this year's championship at Royal Aberdeen to try to go one place better.

Biggest ranking improvement

Matthew Delany is the week’s most improved player with a jump of 1,351 rankings to world number 4,483.

The Women

Performances of the week

Saso Thunders into top 30

Yuka Saso of the Philippines moves into the World Amateur Golf Ranking TM top 30 by winning the Thunderbird International Junior at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Manila resident won the American Junior Golf Association tournament with scores of 67, 72 and 70 for a 7-under 209 tally and a three-shot victory. She improves three places this week to 29th.

Perez wins Spanish Amateur

Marta Perez moves to world number 60 with a jump of 27 rankings after becoming the new Spanish Amateur champion. She becomes Spains second best player behind world number 14 Ainhoa Olarra.

Bailey rules St Rule

England’s Lianne Bailey edged out compatriot Emily Brennan and Scotland’s Hazel MacGarvie to win the prestigious St Rule Trophy at St Andrews. Her 12-under 214 total after scores of 71, 73 and 70 gave her a one-shot victory. She advances 31 rankings to 116th. Brennan moves 253 spots to 885th, while MacGarvie is 81 places better in 457th spot.

Top 20 movers

Three players join this week's top 20. Rachel Heck of the United States improves four places to 17th after a runner up finish in the Thunderbird International Junior. Swedish Amateur Beatrice Wallin rises nine spots to 18th, while Dewi Weber of The Netherlands makes a two-ranking move to 20th.

Top 50 movers

This week's top 50 also has three new faces. Linn Grant of Sweden is 13 rankings better off in 44th place. Thailands Jaravee Boonchant improves 11 rankings to 45th, and American Kaitlyn Papp moves to 50th, a rise of four places

Biggest ranking improvement

French player Amandine Vincent takes that honour with a jump of 1,508 positions to 207th.

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