The Men

Performances of the week

Ralston races to Players Amateur win

 

Spencer Ralston began the final round of the Players Amateur 11 shots off the lead hoping for a good score to move up the leaderboard. He did better than that. He posted a 9-under 63 to post a 19-under 269 for a one-shot victory. The Gainesville, Georgia resident moves 25 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM to 39th.

 

Coody goes one better in Trans-Mississippi

 

Pierceson Coody left last year’s Trans-Mississippi Amateur Championship disappointed after losing by a shot. He made up for it by taking this year’s title.  Coody played his way to a 4-under 284 total to win by two shots. Coody is 28 rankings better off this week in 34th.

 

Theegala completes comeback with win

 

Sahith Theegala staged a remarkable comeback from a wrist injury to win the SCGA Amateur Championship. Theegala had been side lined since last year’s U.S. Amateur, but looked like he’d never been away with an 8-shot victory. Theegala makes a 13-ranking rise to 58th.

 

Top 20 movers

 

England’s Benjamin Schmidt and William Mouw of the United States enter this week’s top 20. Schmidt jumps 10 places to 17th, while Mouw advances six positions to 17th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Four players join Coody and Ralston in the top 50. Scotland’s Sandy Scott is 11 places better off in 43rd. Alex Fitzpatrick of England makes a 10-ranking rise to 46th. American Michael Thorbjornsen moves four spots to 48th, and Jeong-Weon Ko of France assumes 50th position from 47th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Canada’s Noah Norton is the week’s most improved player. He jumps 1,585 rankings to world number 4,301 after an eighth-place finish in the Players Amateur.

 

The Women

Performances of the week

Saso reaches career high with Junior PGA win

 

Yuka Saso of the Philippines comes within one spot of her career-high World Amateur Golf RankingTM position after winning the Girl's Junior PGA Championship at Keney Park Golf Course in Hartford, Connecticut. Saso compiled scores of 65, 68, 66 and 67 for a 14-under 266 aggregate to better Jensen Castle of the United States by two shots. Saso advances two spots on the WAGR table to 23rd. Castle improves her status by 228 positions to reach world number 321.

 

Six of the best for Macnab

 

South Africa’s Caitlyn Macnab just can’t stop winning.  The member of Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate added the Gauteng North Women's Open Championship trophy to her cabinet by returning scores of 77, 72 and 68 to compile a 217 total and win by three shots. Macnab has competed in 13 tournaments in 2019, taking the trophy in six them. No wonder she attains her highest perch on the world order, moving 12 positions to 223rd.

 

Top 20 movers

 

Ingrid Lindblad of Sweden enters the world top 20 for the first time by making a three-ranking rise to 19th

 

Top 50 movers

 

Three players join the top 50. Nanako Ueno of Japan jumps 48 places to 39th after a ninth-place finish in the ECC Ladies Golf Tournament, a professional event. Compatriot Yuna Nishimura is nine spots better off in 44th, while Hanna Alberto of the United States takes over 50th spot with a four-ranking rise.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Kano Nakamura of Japan takes that honour this week after a joint runner-up finish in the IMG Academy Junior World Championship. She finished three shots behind Thailand’s Sarunchana Rattanasin and climbs 549 positions to 893rd. Rattanasin advances 198 places to 825th.

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