The Men

Performance of the week

Sugrue steals Hammer’s thunder with Amateur win

 

James Sugrue soars up the World Amateur Golf RankingTM after winning the Amateur Championship at Portmarnock in a week that sees American Cole Hammer move one place to become the new number one. Cork native Sugrue defeated Scotland’s Euan Walker by one hole to take the 124th Amateur Championship. The 22-year-old Irishman gains a spot in the Open Championship at Royal Portrush, a probable Masters invitation, and an exemption into the 2020 U.S. Open.

 

Sugrue climbs 163 places to 68th. Walker jumps 49 positions to 22nd. Semi-finalists David Micheluzzi of Australia and England’s Ben Jones also make significant improvements. Micheluzzi advances four rankings to third, while Jones climbs 37 positions to 43rd.

 

 

May hangs on to win Northeast Amateur

 

American Garrett May did enough over the first three rounds of the Northeast Amateur to win the prestigious title. The Baylor graduate held a five-shot, 54-hole lead after rounds of 63, 67 and 65. He struggled to a closing 5-over 74 to reach 269, 7-under, but still won by two shots. He moves 82 rankings to 126th.

 

Top 20 movers

 

American Austin Eckroat rises five places to 19th, while Daniel Hillier of New Zealand is two places better off in 20th.

 

 

Top 50 movers

 

Four players join Walker and Jones in the top 50, including Amateur quarterfinalists Sandy Scott of Scotland and Dutchman Koen Kouwenaar. Scott is 32 spots higher in 38th, while Kouwenaar assumes 40th position after a 25-ranking rise. England’s Benjamin Schmidt added the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters to his Brabazon Trophy victory to jump 114 places to 24th. American Kevin O’Connell rises 11 positions to 48th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Luigi Wong of the Philippines jumps 2,212 rankings to 3,374th.

The Women

Performances of the week

 

Thitikul makes history by becoming world number one

 

It was only a matter of time before Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul reached World Amateur Golf RankingTM number one. Her time is now. Thitikul jumps four places replace American Andrea Lee, who drops to second. Earlier this year, Thitikul nearly successfully defended her 2018 Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship title. She finished runner up. She is the first Thai player, male or female, to reach number one.

 

Humphreys continues winning ways in Annika Invitational

 

Lily May Humphreys just can’t stop winning. The 17-year-old English player added the Annika Invitational Europe to wins in the Welsh and Irish Women’s Stroke Play Championships. Rounds of 69, 68 and 70 at Vasatorps Golf Club in Sweden gave Humphreys a 12-under 207, good enough for a one-shot. The member of Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club in Essex arrived in Sweden ranked 26th. She is now 20th.  

 

Wilson shakes off rust to win Irish Women’s Close

 

Ireland’s Annabel Wilson didn’t let a little rust stop her winning the Irish Women's Close Championship at Woodbrook Golf Club. The 18-year-old UCLA bound player defeated Paula Grant at the 19th hole despite playing little competitive golf for three months while studying for her A levels. Wilson improves 40 rankings to 48th. Grant, who was looking for her third Irish Women's Close title, is 15 positions better off in 84th.

 

Top 20 movers

 

Humphreys is the only new top 20 entry.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Benedetta Moresco of Italy joins Wilson in the top 50 with a nine-place move to 47th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Hulda Clara Gestsdóttir of Iceland soars 734 positions to 1,729th after finishing third in the Stigamotarodin 4 - Icelandic Match Play.

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