The Men

Performance of the week

Wolff up to third with Amer Ari win

How did Matthew Wolff celebrate making the cut in the PGA Tour’s Waste Management Phoenix Open? He won his fourth consecutive college tournament.

 

The Oklahoma State player went from finishing equal 50th in Phoenix to victory in the Amer Ari Invitational in Hawaii. Wolff returned rounds of 69, 64 and 65 for an 18-under 198 total. It gave the California native a three-shot win over teammate Zachary Bauchou and Edwin Yi of the University of Oregon. Wolff moves one place to third on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM as a result.

 

Bauchou also makes a one ranking rise, becoming the world’s 13th best player. Fellow American Yi climbs 58 positions to 192nd.

 

Trio share Sea Best spoils

There was nothing to separate Americans Gordon Neale and John Pak, and Eduardo Carrete of Mexico at the conclusion of the Sea Best Invitational in Ponte Vedra, Florida. They negotiated the Dye’s Valley course at TPC Sawgrass in matching 4-under-par 206 totals to be declared joint winners.

 

Florida State student Pak breaks into the top 40 with a nine-ranking rise to 39th. University of Florida player Neale is 31 positions better off in 281st. Carrete, who attends the University of Jacksonville, jumps 126 places to 552nd.

 

Top 20 movers

American John Augenstein’s one-ranking move to 20th makes him the only new top 20 player.

 

Top 50 movers

Three players join the top 50. Denmark’s Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen improves eight spots to 46th. Caolan Rafferty of Ireland edges up three places to 49th, while American Stephen Franken makes a six-ranking rise to 50th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 American Jared Kinoshita finished 12th in the Amer Ari Invitational to climb 1,186 positions to world number 4,133.

The Women

Performances of the week

 

Lee becomes number two with Northrop Grumman win

Andrea Lee becomes the second highest player on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM thanks to victory in the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. The third-year Stanford University student handled the persistent rain that plagued Palos Verdes Golf Club in California better than the rest of the field. Scores of 70, 70 and 73 gave the United States Curtis Cup player a level-par 213 total and a one-shot win over Yu-Sang Hou of Taipei and France’s Agathe Laisne.

 

Lee improves three places to sit just behind world number one Jennifer Kupcho. Hou, a University of Arizona student, climbs six places to 44th, while University of Texas player Laisne improves her status as French number one with a 15-ranking rise to 40th.

 

Backman goes into overdrive in UCF Challenge

Finland’s Anna Backman reaches her highest world ranking after winning the UCF Challenge. The University of Miami student rode to victory via a second round 7-under-par 65, the low round of the tournament. She sandwiched two 70s around that score for an 11-under-par 205 aggregate. She ran out a one-shot winner over Vanderbilt’s Auston Kim and Karoline Stormo of Kent State.

 

Backman, Finland’s highest ranked player, breaks into the top 50 with a move of 32 positions to 46th. Norwegian player Stormo enters the top 75 with a jump of 13 spots to 74th, while American Kim soars 532 places to 224th.

 

Top 20 movers

Dylan Kim of the United States rises three rankings to 18th, her highest WAGR status.

 

Top 50 movers

Laisne and Backman are the only players to break into the top 50.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

Auston Kim’s runner-up spot in the UCF Challenge makes her the week’s biggest riser.

 

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