The Men

Performances of the week

Buhl takes Canadian Amateur by the horns

 

William Buhl looked at home in Canada as he cruised to an eight-shot victory in the Canadian Men's Amateur Championship at Glen Arbour Golf in Hammond Plains, Nova Scotia. Buhl, born in Oslo but an Alabama resident since age five, took a five-shot lead into the final round and compiled 17 straight pars and a birdie at the 18th. His 69 to go with previous scores of 69, 68 and 67, making him the only player to shoot four sub-70 scores, gave him a 7-under 273 aggregate. The University of Arkansas student jumps 81 places to 226th on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM.

 

Mullarney doubles up in Irish Amateur Close

 

Ronan Mullarney had the measure of Ballybunion in the Irish Amateur Close Championship. The 23-year-old Galway Golf Club member became the first player since Cormac Sharvin in 2013 to lead the 36-hole qualifying and go on to win the championship. Mullarney defeated Robert Brazill by one-hole, and moves 53 spots to 67th. Brazill is 193 rankings better off in 356th.

 

Geurts becomes Dutch number four

 

Bob Geurts becomes the fourth highest ranked Netherlands player after winning the Dutch Amateur Championship. His victory helps him rise 60 places to 195th.

 

Top 20 movers

 

Ireland’s Conor Purcell has improved his chances of a place in next month’s Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team after making a five-ranking jump to 16th. There are no new top 50 players.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Michael Muehr of the United States takes a significant step up the WAGR table with a jump of 2,360 positions to 2,908th thanks in large part to his recent runner-up finish in the New Jersey State Golf Association Open Championship.

The Women

Performances of the week

Lee regains number one spot

 

Andrea Lee swaps places with Sweden’s Frida Kinhult to regain the World Amateur Golf RankingTM number one spot. Lee makes a one-ranking rise after reaching the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship semi-finals, where she lost to eventual winner Gabriela Ruffels by two holes.

 

Ruffels makes history in U.S. Women’s Amateur

 

Gabriella Ruffels created history in the 119th U.S. Women's Amateur Championship at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Missouri. She became the first Australian winner when she defeated Switzerland’s Albane Valenzuela by one hole. Ruffels took the title in dramatic fashion. She birdied the 35th hole for a one-hole lead, then ran in a 10-foot birdie putt at the 36th. The University of Southern California player advances 27 rankings to 25th, while Valenzuela improves her world number five status.

 

Migliaccio wins Pan American Games by 10

 

American Emilia Migliaccio strengthens her grip on the world number eight spot with a 10-shot victory in the Pan American Games in Peru. She sandwiched two 68s between opening and closing 70s for a 276 total.

 

Riihijarvi improves Finnish number one status

 

Kiira Riihijarvi began the Finnish Amateur Championship as her country’s number one player, and improved on that by winning the title. She is nine places higher this week in 91st.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Three players join Ruffels in the top 50 in a week with no new top 20 entrants. American Aneka Seumanutafa moves 17 spots to 40th. Maja Stark of Sweden is 16 positions better off in 45th. England’s Annabell Fuller makes an eight-ranking rise to 50th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

American Caroline Canales is the most improved player this week by climbing 1,423 rankings to 641st after reaching the quarterfinals of the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship.

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