The Men

Performance of the week

Walker makes it two out of three in South Africa

 

Euan Walker became the second Scottish player in three years to win the African Amateur Stroke Play Championship. The Kilmarnock Barassie member followed 2017 winner Liam Johnston by taking the title at Leopard Creek Golf Club. Walker returned scores of 72, 67, 67 and 71 for an 11-under 277 aggregate. It gave him a three-shot victory over Sweden’s Ludwig Aberg.

 

Walker becomes the second-best Scot on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM behind world number 67 Ryan Lumsden with a jump of 42 places to 114th. Aberg makes a 26-ranking move to 48th.

 

Da Costa Rodrigues becomes Portuguese number one

 

Daniel Da Costa Rodrigues jumps to the top of the Portuguese pecking order with victory in the Portuguese International Amateur Championship at Montado Golf Resort. He ran out a three-shot winner after returning scores of 69, 67, 69 and 70 for a 275 tally. Da Costa Rodrigues climbs 150 positions to 117th to replace 142nd ranked Pedro Lencart Silva as Portugal’s highest ranked player.

 

Top 20 movers

 

American William Gordon joins the top 20 after winning the Florida Gators Invitational. The Vanderbilt student eked out a one-shot win after rounds of 70, 63 and 70 gave him a 7-under-par 203 aggregate. He advances 11 positions to 20th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Denmark’s John Axelsen joins Aberg in the top 50 with a five-ranking rise to 20th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Jolo Timothy Magcalayo of the Philippines takes that honour with a jump of 1,527 positions to world number 3,967 after victory in the W Express RVF Cup Amateur Championship in his homeland.

The Women

Performances of the week

 

Norway conquers Puerto Rico

 

Anyone watching the Lady Puerto Rico Classic at Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico might have thought Norway’s National Amateur Championship was taking place. Norwegians Karoline Stormo and Dorthea Forbrigd took centre stage. They were declared joint four-shot winners after posting matching 7-under 209 totals.

 

Kent State player Stormo, Norway’s number one player, reaches her highest position on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM by moving 27 places to 47th. East Carolina student Forbrigd also attains her highest world status, climbing 40 spots to 142nd to become Norwegian number two.

 

Alberto takes Texas Invitational to continue hot streak

 

Hanna Alberto of the United States birdied four of the last five holes to win the Texas Invitational. The Sam Houston State player made four consecutive birdies from the 14th to return a 2-under 69. Her 6-under 207 helped her to a one-shot victory. It continued a hot streak of nine top fives in her last 10 events, including winning her last event of 2018, the Rainbow Wahine Invitational. She is 13 places better off this week at 78th, her highest ranking.

 

Garcia strengthens Paraguayan number one status

 

Sofia Garcia improves her status as Paraguay’s number one player with victory in the Reynolds Lake Oconee Invite. The Texas Tech student won by three shots to move 33 positions to 78th, her highest ranking.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Stormo is the only new top 50 entry thanks to sharing victory in the Lady Puerto Rico Classic. There are no new top 20 players.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Ines Archer of France is the week’s most improved player by climbing 560 places to world number 2,206 thanks to sixth-place in the Grand Prix de ligue PACA Dames.
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