The Men

Performance of the week

Jones win boosts Bhatia’s Walker Cup chance

 

 

Akshay Bhatia took a big step towards a place in the 2019 United States Walker Cup team by winning the Jones Cup Invitational. The 17 year old defeated Davis Thompson in a playoff after heavy rain cancelled the final round. They finished on 2 under after 36 holes, and Bhatia won with a par at the first extra hole.

 

Bhatia won four times last year, and was the only junior golfer to make the 16-player U.S. Walker practice squad. His chance of playing in the match at Royal Liverpool, September 7-8 have increased with a two-ranking rise to 10th on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM. Thompson jumps 111 positions to 316th.

 

Windred defends Avondale Medal

 

Blake Windred found himself in a familiar place at the conclusion of the Avondale Medal. Like last year, he was standing with the trophy. Windred began the final round three shots off the lead, but returned a 3-under 68 to win by a one shot.

 

Windred improves his status as Australian number two behind world number five David Micheluzzi with a three-ranking rise to 13th.

 

Phillips in seventh heaven with record win

 

Chandler Phillips moves three places to world number seven after winning the Arizona Intercollegiate. Phillips won with a 19-under 194 total to set a Texas A&M record for lowest score. It is his seventh win in college golf.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Americans Austin Eckroat and Garrett Barber join the top 50. Eckroat makes a 12-ranking rise to 43rd, while Barber moves to 45th, an improvement of 13 positions. There are no new top 20 players.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Australia’s Bryce Pickin jumps 1,183 rankings to 4,331st with a 38th place finish in the Avondale Medal.

The Women

Performances of the week

 

Roussin-Bouchard cruises to Portuguese Amateur win

 

Pauline Roussin-Bouchard breaks into the World Amateur Golf RankingTM top 75 after a relatively easy victory in the Portuguese International Ladies Amateur Championship at Montado Golf Resort. The French player returned scores of 69, 74, 71 and 69 to post a 283 aggregate and win by ten shots.

 

Roussin-Bouchard climbs 44 rankings to 73rd to become France’s second highest ranked player behind world number 55 Agathe Laisne.

 

KK knocks out Avondale field

 

Korea’s Kum Kang Park is 249 positions better off this week in 368th after an emphatic victory in the Avondale Medal. The 16 year old, who goes by the nickname KK, took a three-shot lead into the final round over compatriot Min A Yoon, the reigning Victoria Amateur champion, and quickly extended that to five shots when she holed out for eagle on the opening hole.

 

Park traded a birdie and a bogey to return a 2-under 70 for a 4-under 284 aggregate to defeat Yoon by eight shots. Yoon rises 40 places to 146th.

 

Top 20 movers

 

American Emilia Migliaccio, winner of last month’s Harder Hall Women’s Invitational, achieves her highest ranking with a move of one spot to 20th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Elizabeth Wang of the United States, Japan’s Yuri Yoshida and Taipei player Yu-Sang Hou move into the top 50. Wang improves three places to 48th, while Yoshida and Hou make four-rankings moves to 49th and 50th respectively.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Marelda Pyrena Ayal is the most improved player with a jump of 467 positions to 2,276th. The Indonesian player followed victory in the Indonesia National Junior Championship with second place in the Indonesia Elite Amateur Championship #1.

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