The Men

Performance of the week

Hovland rides magnificent Masters to world number one

 

Viktor Hovland not only made history at Augusta National as the first Norwegian to compete in the Masters, he finished leading amateur to become World Amateur Golf RankingTM number one. The Oklahoma State student’s 3-under 285 saw him finish 32nd, one stroke ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz, the Latin American Amateur champion. American Devon Bling finished 55th, while Takumi Kanaya of Japan, the Asia-Pacific Amateur champion, placed 58th.

 

Hovland overtakes American Justin Suh with a two-ranking jump. Ortiz and Bling move 25 places to 46th and 85th respectively. Kanaya strengthens his number six status.

 

Yu joins top 10 with Thunderbird win

 

Taipei’s Chun An Yu moves four rankings to ninth by winning the ASU Thunderbird Collegiate. The Arizona State student was the only player to break 70 in all three rounds with scores of 66, 67 and 68. His 12-under 201 tally gave him a four-shot victory.

 

Sloman leads England to Nations Cup victory

 

Tom Sloman advances 26 spots to 32nd after leading England to victory in the European Nations Cup in Spain. Sloman took the individual title by one shot with a 6-over 294 as England won by six shots.

 

Top 20 movers

 

New Zealand’s Daniel Hillier and American Bryson Nimmer make respective moves of three and four places. Hiller reaches 18th, while Nimmer assumes 20th spot.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Americans Kevin O’Connell and Ricky Castillo join Sloman and Ortiz in the top 50. U.S. Mid-Amateur champion O’Connell jumps 17 positions to 40th after finishing 66th in the Masters, while Castillo makes a 16-ranking move to 49th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Victory in the Barbados International Junior Golf Championship helps Frenchman Jonathan Jean-Noel climb 2,738 positions to world number 2,727.

The Women

Performances of the week

Williams makes it two out of three with Clemson win

 

Micheala Williams of the United States earned her second victory in three starts when she was declared joint winner of the Clemson Invitational with Ireland’s Julie McCarthy. Inclement weather wiped out the third round and Williams and McCarthy emerged one shot winners with 136 aggregates for 36 holes. University of Tennessee student Williams, who won the Florida Gators Invitational last month, advances 41 positions to 185th on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM. McCarthy, who attends Auburn, climbs 34 places to 87th to become Irish number three on the WAGR table.

 

Life gets better for Riley after Silverado win

 

Brooke Riley of the United States is 63 places better off in 140th place after winning the Silverado Showdown. The Northwestern University student was the only player to break par for 54 holes after scores of 70, 70 and 75 for a 1-under 215 aggregate, and a one-shot victory.

 

Echeverria strengthens Guatemala number one status

 

Pilar Echeverria’s boosts her status as Guatemala’s number one amateur after winning the Lady Buckeye Invitational. The University of Indianapolis opened with a 3-under 69 and that proved the difference. She added 72 and 74 for a 1-under 215 tally to win by one-shot. She was the only player to better par for 54 holes.

 

Top 50 movers

 

There are no new top 20 players this week while Taipei’s Yu-Chiang Hou and Michaela Finn of Sweden join the top 50. Hou is nine places better off in 43rd, while Finn makes a 13-ranking rise to 48th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Junia Louise Gabasa of the Philippines makes the week’s biggest move courtesy of winning MVPSF Visayas Regional Match Play Championship in her homeland. She soars 787 positions to 1,183rd.

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