The Men

Performance of the week

Western win takes Coody into top 10


Pierceson Coody’s Western Amateur victory takes him closer to his dream of becoming the number one player on the World Amateur Golf Ranking®. Coody defeated Denmark’s Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen 2&1 in the final at Crooked Stick to jump nine places to seventh, his highest position. The Western is Coody’s third major amateur victory in three years. The University of Texas player won the Trans-Miss Amateur last year, and the 2018 South Beach International Amateur. It makes him one of the favourites heading into this month’s U.S. Amateur. Oklahoma State student Neergaard-Petersen makes a 104-ranking jump to 90th.


Cope rebounds to become English champion


Jack Cope is the new English Amateur champion after defeating fellow Englishman Callan Barrow 4&3 at Woodhall Spa. It was just the win the Gloucestershire player needed after time away from golf because of a broken arm. Cope has been as high as 248th on the WAGR® table, but arrived at Woodhall Spa ranked 4,629th. He soars 1,646 positions to 2,983rd. Barrow is 271 places better off in 921st.


Vrzich is California dreaming


Joey Vrzich breaks into the top 200 by winning the California Amateur Championship. Vrzich defeated fellow Californian Charlie Reiter 3&2 in the 36-hole final. Vrzich attains a career-high status of 171st with a 78-ranking move. Reiter improves 126 spots 486th.


Top 20 movers


Keita Nakajima of Japan moves three places to 20th.


Top 50 movers


France’s David Ravetto and Tim Widing of Sweden make five-ranking moves to 47th and 48th respectively. England’s Alex Fitzpatrick is six positions better off in 49th, while American Trey Winstead takes over 50th spot with a nine-spot improvement.


Biggest ranking improvement


New English Amateur champion Jack Cope takes that honour.

The Women

Performances of the week

Melichova becomes Czech Republic’s number three


Jana Melichova earned her second win of 2020 to become the third highest ranked Czech Republic player on the World Amateur Golf Ranking®. Melichova, who attends Old Dominion University in the United States, triumphed in the SLR ACADEMY INVITATIONAL (U25) in her homeland to go with the Maryb S Kauth Invitational pre-lockdown. She moves 41 places to 109th, her highest ranking.


Price defies rankings to win English Amateur


Emily Price didn’t let an 84-ranking difference between her and Lily May Humphries stop her from winning the English Amateur Championship at Woodhall Spa. Price entered the 36-hole final ranked 98th to Humphries’ 14th. Humphries reached that status thanks to winning last year’s Welsh and Irish Stroke Play Championships, and finishing runner-up in the English Amateur. The Curtis Cup player was English champion in 2017. However, Price ran out a 4&3 winner.


Price, the 2016 English Women’s Stroke Play champion, advances 45 rankings to a career-high 53rd. Humphries reaches her highest status, too, by edging up one spot to 13th.


Kuehn doubles up to reach new heights


American Rachel Kuehn also attains her best WAGR® position after victory in the Ladies National Golf Association Amateur, her second straight win following the North & South Amateur Championship. The Wake Forest University player’s 10-under 206 total gave her six-shot victory. She moves 25 rankings to 64th.


Top 50 movers


Australian Grace Kim advances four spot to 48th, while Scot Hannah Darling makes a five-ranking move to 49th. There are no new top 20 entrants.


Biggest ranking improvement


Finland’s Henni Mustonen climbs 706 positions to 729th after winning the Audi Finnish PGA Golf Tour 4. Mustonen bettered the professionals by five shots with a 212 aggregate.

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