Performances of the week
Gough becomes world number two with English Amateur win
Connor Gough makes an emphatic 44-ranking move up the World Amateur Golf Ranking™ to number two behind Cole Hammer after winning the English Men's Amateur Championship at Hankley Common. Gough defeated 20-year-old Callum Farr 3&2 to add the title to wins in last year’s Boys’ Amateur Championship and MacGregor Trophy. Farr climbs 159 places to 178th.
The 16 year old English player is the headline maker in a busy week for national amateur championship in Great Britain, as the English, Scottish and Welsh Amateur Championships were contested simultaneously.
George Burns used home course advantage at Crail to win the Scottish Men's Amateur Championship. The Crail member climbs 408 spots to 653rd. Archie Davies lifted the Welsh Amateur Championship trophy at Tenby Golf Club and is 150 places better off in 240th.
No age barrier for Rank in Western Amateur
Canada’s Garrett Rank didn’t let age get in the way of winning the Western Amateur. The 31 year old might have been facing many much younger competitors, but he fought his way through to the final where he defeated U.S. player Daniel Wetterich 3&2. Rank becomes world number 45 with a jump of 52 positions, while Wetterich moves 138 spots to 166th. Davis Thompson won the Western Amateur Stroke Play title and breaks into the top 80 with a 74-place climb to 74th.
Top 50 movers
There are no new top 20 players while England’s Jake Burnage joins Rank in the top 50 by climbing 36 places to 46th after reaching the semi-finals of the English Amateur.
Biggest rankings improvement
Denmark’s Christian Gregersen makes the biggest jump up the WAGR table by advancing 1,652 positions to world number 2,194.
Performances of the week
Thitikul shines again in Women’s British Open
Atthaya Thitikul walked off with the Smyth Salver as leading amateur in the AIG Women’s British Open for the second consecutive year. The Thai player finished on 4-under 284 in joint 29th place after scores of 73, 68, 70 and 73 over Woburn’s Marquess course. Thitikul beat current Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific champion Yuka Yasuda of Japan for the amateur prize. Yasuda finished in joint 59th. Thitikul makes a one-ranking rise to third on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM. Yasuda advances two positions to ninth.
Stormo joins top 40 with seven-shot win
Norway’s Karoline Stormo enters the top 40 with a seven-shot victory in the Ladies National Golf Association Amateur at the Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs, Tennessee. Stormo returned rounds of 65, 69, 71 and 65 for a 14-under 270 tally. She climbs 17 positons to 35th.
Abdulghany finds home town joy in Newport Beach
Alyaa Abdulghany joins the top 70 after winning the SCGA Women's Amateur Championship at Newport Beach Country Club. It was practically a home win for the Malaysian born player, since she makes her home in Newport Beach and plays college golf for the University of Southern California. She was the only player to finish under par for 54 holes, after scores of 72, 71 and 69 for a 1-under 212 aggregate. It gave her a two-shot victory and helps her improve eight places to 70th.
Top 50 players
Stormo is the only new top 50 player in a week when there are no top 20 entries.
Biggest ranking improvement
French player Louise Reau jumps 908 rankings to 1,891st after winning the French Under 16 title, the Championnat de France des Jeunes Miniemes.