The Men

Performance of the week

Ortiz finally succeeds in LAAC

 

Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz clearly believes in the “If at first you don’t succeed” maxim. Ortiz finally got both hands on the Latin America Amateur Championship trophy after two near misses.

 

A closing 6-under-par 66 after rounds of 66, 72 and 70 at Casa de Campo Golf Club in the Dominican Republic gave the Guadalajara native a 14-under 274 total and a two-shot victory over Costa Rica’s Luis Gagne. Cue scenes of sheer joy on the final green after two straight years of Ortiz finishing second.

 

A move of 41 places to 78th to strengthen his status as Mexico’s top player is Ortiz’s bonus prize. Gagne makes an 11-ranking rise to 26th.

 

Purcell makes history to become Irish number one

 

Connor Purcell becomes the highest Irish player on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM after making history in the Australian Amateur Championship at Woodlands Golf Club in Melbourne. Purcell defeated Nathan Barbieri at the first extra hole of the 36-hole final. Purcell is the first Irish winner in the tournament’s 125-year history.

 

Purcell breaks into the top 30 with a jump of 74 places to 28th. He takes over from 52nd ranked Caolan Rafferty as Ireland’s number one player. Barbieri climbs 192 positions to 154th.

 

Top 20 movers

 

Australia’s Blake Windred improves eight positions to 17th after reaching the Australian Amateur Championship semi-finals.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Germany’s Michael Hirmer and John Axelsen of Denmark join Purcell in the top 50. Hirmer is 33 places better off in 34th thanks to a semi-final place in the Australian Amateur Championship. Axelsen edges up one spot to 50th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Victory in the Tasmanian Junior Masters helps Australia’s Mitchell Crabbe jump 1,586 positions to world number 3,330.

The Women

Performances of the week

 

Kupcho moves back to number one

 

Jennifer Kupcho moves back into the World Amateur Golf RankingTM number one spot following Lilia Vu’s decision to turn professional. The two Americans swapped the number one and two spots in 2018 as both fought for the top place on the WAGR table. Wake Forest student Kupcho had three wins last year, including victory in the NCAA Championship.

 

Hong chips in for Australian Amateur win

 

Yae Eun Hong became the third Korean in the past four years to lift the Australian Amateur Championship trophy when she chipped in at the 34th hole to beat Japan’s Tsubasa Kajitani 3&2 at Woodlands Golf Club in Melbourne. The 16-year-old Seoul native was already three up when she produced her little piece of magic.

 

Hong joins the world top 60 with a jump of 126 positions to 52nd. Tsubasa soars 584 places to 80th.

 

Doherty takes Sally with fast start

 

Amanda Doherty burst out of the blocks in the final round to win the South Atlantic Amateur Golf Championship, The Sally, at Oceanside Country Club in Ormond Beach, Florida. The Florida State player returned a 69, the low score of the week, for a level par 288 and three-shot victory. The Atlanta, Georgia resident climbs 18 spots to 85th.

 

Top 20 movers

 

Thailand’s Pimnipa Panthong moves back into the top 20 with a one-ranking rise to 20th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Sweden’s Tilda Larsson and Lily May Humphreys of England make identical moves of two places. Larsson becomes 49th while Humphreys takes over 50th spot.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Japan’s Tsubasa Kajitani’s jump of 584 places to 80th following runner-up in the Australian Women’s Amateur Championship makes her the week’s biggest mover.

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