The Men

Performances of the week

Strafaci enters top 35 with U.S. Amateur win

 

Tyler Strafaci makes a 24-ranking move to a career high 32nd on the World Amateur Golf Ranking® after winning the U.S. Amateur Championship. The Georgia Tech player birdied the final hole to defeat fellow American Charles Osborne by one hole in the 36-hole final at Bandon Dunes. The victory came 85 years after grandfather Frank Strafaci Sr won the 1935 U.S. Amateur Public Links. The victory guarantees Strafaci a place on next year’s U.S. Walker Cup team, and invites to the 2021 U.S. Open and Open Championships. Osborne also attains his best WAGR® status with a jump of 172 places to 288th.

 

Wilson Furr rises seven spots to 90th, his highest position, after his performance at the U.S. Amateur Championship. The Jackson, Mississippi resident earned the number one seed with scores of 70 and a course-record 62 for an 11-under 132 aggregate. He lost in the round of 32.

 

Rackard joins Irish greats with Mullingar win

 

Jason Rackard’s second round 65, 7-under-par, paved the way to victory in the Mullingar Scratch Trophy at Mullingar Golf Club. The 31-year-old left hander added a closing 71 to win by a shot over fellow Irishman Robert Moran with a 10-under 206 total. He joins Padraig Harrington, Darren Clarke, Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry as winners of the prestigious trophy. He also jumps 1,723 positions to 4,094th, his highest WAGR® status.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Germany’s Jannik De Bruyn and Englishman Angus Flanagan join Strafaci in the top 50. De Bruyn makes an 11-ranking move to 48th while Flanagan is three spots better off in 50th. There are no new top 20 entrants.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Jason Rackard’s Mullingar Scratch Trophy victory makes him the week’s most improved player.

The Women

Performances of the week

Stein keeps pole position in Grand Prix de Bretagne

 

France’s Pauline Stein makes a 20-place improvement to 332nd on the World Amateur Golf Ranking® by winning the Grand Prix de Bretagne at Golf de Dinard. Stein, a four-time winner last year, led the 36-hole qualifying by eight shots after rounds of 65 and 68. She defeated world number 298 Mathilde Claisse in the final.

 

Becht soars with Bondues win

 

Belgium’s Rebecca Becht attains her highest position on the WAGR® table thanks to a three-shot victory in the Grand Prix de Bondues at the Golf de Bondues club just north of Lille. The Brussels resident returned scores of 66, 72 and 67 for a 205 total. She climbs 92 rankings to 569th.

 

Dinunzio survives playoff, weather to win

 

Rebecca Dinunzio overcame adverse weather and survived a two-hole playoff to win the VSGA Women's Stroke Play Championship at Kingsmill Resort.  With poor weather reducing the final round to nine holes, Dinunzio defeated Virginia Tech teammate Emily Mahar after the pair tied on 179 to go one place better than last year’s runner-up finish. She improves 43 rankings to a personal best 611th. Australian Mahar is ranked 114th

 

Top 20 movers

 

Taipei’s Ho Yu An makes a 25-ranking move to 15th after topping a professional field to win the CTBC Ladies Open in her homeland.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Another Taipei player is the only new top 50 player this week. Tsai Ching Tseng finished 12th in the CTBC Ladies Open to assume 50th spot with a three-place improvement.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Serbia’s Lara Todorovic takes that honour after winning the Serbian Amateur Tour 1. She climbs 803 positions to 2,022nd. She becomes the second highest ranked Serbian after 1,212th ranked Jefimija Dordevic.

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