The Men

Performance of the week

Yu breaks into top 20 with Masters win

 

Chun An Yu rises 12 places this week to become the 20th player on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM by winning the Master of the Amateurs at Royal Melbourne. The Taipei player defeated Japan’s Keita Nakajima in a playoff after the pair tied on 6-under 282. Yu, who plays college golf at Arizona State, closed with a 5-under 67 to get into the playoff. Nakajima’s consolation is a 15-ranking rise to 31st.

 

 

Crisologo defends South American crown

 

Canada’s Chris Crisologo moves to world number 207, a rise of 80 rankings, after successfully defending the South American Amateur Championship in Chile. Crisologo defeated Costa Rica’s Luis Gagne at the second extra hole after they’d finished deadlocked on 7-under 281. Gagne is 13 positions better off at 37th.

 

 

Lopez-Chacarra Coto laps Copa Andalucia field

 

Spain’s Eugenio Lopez-Chacarra Coto moves into the world top 15 after practically lapping the field in the Copa Andalucia at Atalaya Golf & Country Club. The Wake Forest student cruised to a 13-shot win with a 276 total after rounds of 72, 67, 67 and 70.

 

 

Top 20 movers

 

Yu and Lopez-Chacarra Coto are the only new top 20 players.

 

 

Top 50 movers

 

Five players join this week’s top 50 with identical five ranking moves. Finland’s Matias Honkala is now the world’s 46th ranked player. American Quade Cummins moves to 47th, Sweden’s David Nyfjall to 48th, John Pak of the United States to 49th while Scotland’s Ryan Lumsden is now ranked 50th.

 

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Australian William Arnold jumps 1,413 rankings to world number 4,324 after a fifth-place finish in the South Australian Junior Masters.

The Women

Performances of the week

 

Kyriacou Masters the Amateurs

 

Stephanie Kyriacou gave notice at the end of 2018 that she might shine this year. So it proved in the Master of the Amateurs at Royal Melbourne. Kyriacou, who had four top 10s in her last five 2018 starts, kicked off 2019 with a three-shot victory after rounds of 70, 75, 75 and 70 gave her a 2-over 290 total.

 

The Australian reaches her highest position on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM by jumping 78 positions to 174th.

 

 

Lopez upsets form book in Mexican Amateur

 

Cory Lopez began the Women’s Mexican Amateur Championship at Guadalajara Country Club 534 places below Mexican number one Maria Fassi. However, the 16-year-old high school student bettered Fassi by six shots after returning scores of 69, 73, 70 and 72 for a 4-under 284 aggregate.

 

Lopez, who will follow in Fassi’s footsteps by attending the University of Arkansas, is 105 places better off at world number 441. Fassi edges up one spot to 11th.

 

 

Escauriza saunters to South American Amateur win

 

Maria Fernanda Escauriza improves her status by 155 places to 361st after an easy win in the South American Amateur in Chile. The Paraguayan was the only player to break par in all four rounds with scores of 69, 71, 68 and 68. Her 12-under 276 gave her an eight-shot win.

 

 

Top 20 movers

 

Austria’s Emma Spitz is the only new top 20 player with a two-ranking move to 20th.

 

 

Top 50 movers

 

Caterina Don of Italy breaks into the top 50 by edging up one place to 50th.

 

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Chile’s Paz Echeverria is the most improved player. She climbs 555 positions to world number 2,096 after a 16th place finish in the South American Amateur.

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