The Men

Performance of the week

VanDerLaan vaults into top 25

John VanDerLaan climbs seven places on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM after finishing the college season as the NCAA DII champion. VanDerLaan, a Florida Southern student, added the title to the NCAA D2 South – South East Region tournament he won two weeks ago. VanDerLaan led from start to finish, opening with a 6-under-par 66 before adding a 68 and 65 to finish at 17-under 199. He won by two shots over Spain’s Jorge Garcia, a student at Barry University.

VanDerLaan improves seven places to 24th, while Garcia climbs 46 spots to 203rd. England’s Sam Broadhurst, son of European Ryder Cup player Paul Broadhurst, placed fourth. The Lincoln Memorial student takes a jump of 63 rankings to world number 797.

Tisserand enters top 300 with French Amateur win

Hubert Tisserand breaks into the world top 300 thanks to victory in the Internationaux de France, the French Amateur Championship at Chantilly. He eked out a one-shot victory over compatriots Jeremy Gandon and Francois Lagraulet after rounds of 69, 68, 70 and 72 gave him a 279 total. Tisserand climbs 166 places to 292nd, Gandon improves 69 spots to 278th, while Lagraulet advances 182 positions to 794th.

Top 20 movers

Australian David Micheluzzi is the only new top 20 player. Micheluzzi, winner of the Australian Master of the Amateurs at Royal Melbourne in January, edges up one spot into the 20th position.

Top 50 movers

Davis Riley of the United states also makes a one-ranking improvement this week to occupy the 50th spot on the WAGR table.

Biggest ranking improvement

Bob Geurts of The Netherlands makes the week’s biggest jump. He rises 1,518 rankings to world number 3,892.

The Women

Performances of the week

Kupcho finds NCAA redemption

Jennifer Kupcho did what she failed to do 12 months ago. She won the NCAA individual title. The Wake Forest student made history by becoming the first player in the school’s history to win the prestigious championship.

Last year, Kupcho stood on the 17th fairway with a two-shot lead but hit her approach shot into a water hazard and made a triple bogey. She lost by a shot. There were no tears this year. She made up for last year’s slip with a two-shot victory over Andrea Lee of Stanford University and University of Arizona player Bianca Pagdanganan.

Kupcho’s opening 7-under-par 65 tied the course record at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Further scores of 74, 70 and 71 gave her an 8-under 280, and the biggest victory of her young life.

Kupcho strengthens her grasp as the number three player on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM. Lee slips in behind her with a one-ranking rise to fourth, while Philippines native Pagdanganan breaks into the top 90 with a jump of 85 places to 88th.

Lim tames the Bear

Korea’s Heejeong Lim makes a significant rise after winning the Bear Creek Cup in her homeland. She climbs 35 spots to 141st to become Korea’s sixth best player.

Top 20 movers

Canada’s Maddie Szeryk is the only new top 20 player. Joint 17th in the NCAA Championships earns her a one-ranking rise to 20th.

Top 50 movers

Two players move inside this week’s top 50. Jaclyn Lee of Canada improves 10 positions to 45th, while American Sierra Brooks is six rankings better off at 46th.

Biggest ranking improvement

China’s Xiaowen Yin makes the week’s most dramatic move by climbing 623 positions to world number 1,988.

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