Performance of the week
Nienaber breaks into top 75 with Gauteng win
Wilco Nienaber climbs 14 places this week to 74th thanks to a three-shot victory in the Gauteng North Open. Nienaber returned scores of 68, 74, 68 and closed with a 10-under 62 at Silver Lakes Country Club near Pretoria to post a 16-under 272 total. The South African teenager made history at Royal Aberdeen and Murcar Links Golf Club last year by becoming the first South African to finish top seed in the Amateur Championship.
Indian Summer for Sharma Down Under
India’s Kartik Sharma achieves his highest status on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM after winning the NSW Amateur at Terrey Hills Golf and Country Club in Sydney. Sharma defeated Australian Nathan Barbieri 2&1 in the scheduled 36-hole final. Barbieri, who recently finished runner-up to Ireland’s Conor Purcell in the Australian Amateur, fought back from five down to take the match to the 35th.
Sharma climbs 72 positions to 134th to improve his status as Indian number two behind world number 13 Rayhan Thomas. Barbieri is 51 rankings better off at 103rd, also his highest ranking.
Top 20 movers
Luis Fernando Barco strengthens his status as Peru’s highest ranked player by improving two rankings to 19th. American Alex Smalley also climbs two places to become the 20th ranked player.
Top 50 movers
Alejandro Del Rey Gonzalez of Spain and Irish player Caolan Rafferty also make two ranking moves to 49th and 50th respectively.
Biggest ranking improvement
Peru’s Eduardo L Galdos T reaches his highest status on the WAGR table with a 1,291-ranking move to world number 4,303 following a six-shot victory in the Gira de Menores 2 in his homeland. It was his second consecutive win following the Gira de Menores 1 the previous week.
Performances of the week
There’s arguably no better honour for a young Swedish amateur than winning a title with the name of Sweden’s most decorated golfer, especially when the legend presents the trophy. Ingrid Lindblad knows that feeling after victory in the ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex in St Augustine, Florida.
Lindblad, who won last year’s German Girls Open and played for Europe in the Junior Ryder Cup, emerged victorious from a sudden death playoff against South Africa’s Kaiyuree Moodley and Jensen Castle of the United States after they tied on 2-under 214. Lindblad parred the first extra hole and then collected the trophy from 10-time major champion Annika Sorenstam.
Lindblad climbs 28 places to 103rd on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM. Castle jumps 362 rankings to 551st, while Moodley is 70 positions better off in 814th.
Edgar upsets form book in NSW Amateur
Queensland native Lisa Edgar started the NSW Amateur 1,107 places behind Grace Kim on the WAGR table, but it didn’t stop her from defeating the Australian number one 2&1 at Terrey Hills Golf and Country Club in Sydney. Kim attains her highest WAGR status by climbing 468 positions to 707th. Kim makes a seven-ranking rise to 61st.
Pano makes it two out of three
American Alex Pano won her second Ione D Jones-Doherty Amateur in three years to climb 15 places to 80th.
Top 100 movers
There are no new top 20 or 50 players, while England’s Lianna Bailey joins the top 100 by moving six spots to 95th.
Biggest ranking improvement
Taniya Minel Balasuriya’s victory in the Sri Lanka Ladies Amateur Championship makes her the week’s biggest mover with a jump of 639 places to 911th.