The Men

Performance of the week

Hojgaard conquers Europe to join top 10

Nicolai Hojgaard of Denmark makes an emphatic move of 26 rankings to ninth on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM after topping an elite field to win the European Amateur Championship. Scores of 71, 69, 68 and 73 at Royal Hague Country Club in The Netherlands gave Hojgaard a 7-under 281 aggregate. He defeated Ireland’s Robin Dawson, Englishman Mitch Waite, Viktor Hovland of Norway and home favourite Jerry Ji by one shot.

 

Dawson was bidding to make up for finishing runner-up in the Amateur Championship. He also joins the top 10 with a three-ranking rise to 10th. Hovland, the highest ranked player in the field, strengthens his grasp on the world number four position. Waite, who currently leads the English Amateur order of merit, jumps 51 rankings to 202nd. Ji advances 93 spots to 259th.

 

Schlottman overcomes poor start to win North & South

 

Ben Schlottman only just scraped into the match play rounds of the North and South Amateur Championship but improved as the week progressed to get his name on the prestigious trophy. Schlottman, who recently graduated from Auburn University, holed a 30-foot birdie putt at Pinehurst No 2’s final hole to join a nine-man playoff for six spots. He took the second last spot and went on to an 8&7 victory over Mitchell Meissner.

 

Schlottman jumps 150 rankings to 229th, while Meissner advances 128 positons to 132nd.

 

Top 20 movers

Hojgaard is the only new top 20 player.

 

Top 50 movers

Austrian Karl Vilips joins the top 50 with a move of six spots to 50th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

Welsh amateur Matt Roberts makes the week’s largest move by climbing 2,916 rankings to world number 1,538.

The Women

Performances of the week

 

Harm joins top 20 with historic win

Leonie Harm breaks in the World Amateur Golf RankingTM top 20 after a historic victory in the Ladies' British Open Amateur Championship. She became the first German winner when she defeated American Stephanie Lau 3&2 at Hillside Golf Club. The 20-year-old Stuttgart resident improves her status by 14 places to 19th.

 

The University of Houston player earns a spot in next month’s RICOH Women’s British Open. She also gains invites to the Evian Championship, next year’s US Women’s Open, and the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship in 2019.

 

Lau breaks into the top 80 with a jump of 82 positions to 76th.

 

Heck races out of gate to Polo win

Rachel Heck of the United States makes a one-ranking rise to 16th by winning the Polo Golf Junior Classic. The Memphis, Tennessee resident started her final round with three consecutive birdies in a closing 68 to claim the title by one shot with a 4-under 206 total.

 

Top seed Hoffman wins Western

Emilee Hoffman improves her world status by 50 places to 61st after winning the Women's Western National Amateur Championship. The Californian won the 36-hole qualifying by five shots and justified her top seeding with a one hole victory over Katharine Patrick, who climbs 147 spots to 397th.

 

Top 20 movers

Harm is the only new top 20 player.

 

Top 50 movers

American Allisen Corpuz and Mexico’s Isabella Fierro break into the top 50. Corpuz makes a 16-ranking move to 43rd, while Fierro rises seven places to 48th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

American Mariah Smith is the week’s most improved player by advancing 1,303 positions to 1,261st after winning the Tennessee Women's Amateur Championship

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