Performance of the week
Smalley bigs it up at Sunnehanna
Alex Smalley of the United States enters the World Amateur Golf RankingTM top 35 after winning the Sunnehanna Amateur Championship by two shots. The Duke University player overcame an excellent field with an 11-under-par 269 total after posting scores of 66, 64, 69 and 70. The Wake Forest, North Carolina resident climbs 28 rankings to 34th.
Hojgaard stages Viking raid on Japan
Rasmus Hojgaard of Denmark is the new Toyota Junior World Cup champion after taking the title in Japan. Hojgaard posted three consecutive 68s before closing with a 64 for a 16-under 268 and a four-shot victory. He jumps 17 spots on this week’s WAGR table to 36th.
O’Connell is streets ahead after Monroe win
American Kevin O’Connell makes a dramatic move up the world order with a surprise win in the Monroe Invitational. O’Connell arrived at Monroe Golf Club in Pittsford, New York ranked 2,421st, but left 1,212 places higher at world number 1,209 after his 2-over-par 282 gave him a one-shot victory.
Top 50 movers
There are no new faces in this week’s top 20, while three players join Smalley and Hojgaard in the top 50. Fellow Dane Nicolai Hojgaard rises 11 positions to 43rd. American Garrett Barber makes a four-ranking move to 47th, while Germany’s Hurly Long is up two places to 50th.
Biggest ranking improvement
Michael Bielawski of the United States makes the biggest move of the week with a jump of 1,981 rankings to world number 2,796 after winning the Wisconsin Match Play Championship.
Performances of the week
Son wins third AJGA title
Seventeen-year-old Yujeong Son makes a two-ranking rise to 23rd on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM after winning the American Junior Golf Association’s Rolex Girls Junior Championship.
The three-time Rolex Junior All-American returned rounds of 69, 70, 72 and 73 for a 4-under-par 284 total. The Korean was tied with American Elizabeth Wang after 54 holes but bettered her by two shots in the final round and won by two shots. Wang’s consolation is a jump of 32 places to 120th.
Harm makes move on German number one
Leonie Harm took a significant step towards becoming Germany’s number one amateur by winning the German International Amateur Championship. Harm, who plays college golf at the University of Houston, improves six places to 35th. She is now just one ranking behind Esther Henseleit in the German hierarchy.
Brake skids onto WAGR table in style
Zoe-Beth Brake joins the WAGR table in some style after winning the Women's Porter Cup at Niagara Falls Country Club in Lewiston, New York. The New Zealander took the title by three shots with an 8-under-par 208, which included a closing 5-under-par 67. Brake, who played college golf at Ohio State, enters the WAGR table in 204th spot.
Top 50 movers
The top 20 remains intact this week, while two players move into the top 50. Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup player Lily May Humphreys rises 11 places to 46th. American Rose Zhang makes a seven-ranking rise to 48th.
Biggest Ranking improvement
Karoline Tuttle of the United states is the week’s most improved player with a jump of 1,146 positions to 284th.