The Men

Performance of the week

Mouw and Andersen share Amer Ari title

 

William Mouw and Mason Andersen of the United States make significant moves on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking® after sharing victory in the Amer Ari Invitational in Waikoloa, Hawaii. They finished on 13-under 203 to separate themselves from the rest of the field by a shot. Pepperdine student Mouw moves into the top 20 with a 13-ranking rise to 12th. Arizona State student Andersen is 115 positions better off in 117th.

 

Castillo wins Sea Best to join top five

 

American Ricky Castillo is now a top five player thanks to winning the Sea Best Invitational in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Castillo, a University of Florida student, closed with a 5-under 65 to post an 8-under 202 and win by three shots. He climbs five places to fifth on the WAGR® table.

 

Vorster enters top 60 with African Amateur win

 

South Africa’s Martin Vorster improves 28 positions to 59th by winning the African Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Leopard Creek Country Club. Vorster, the 2018 Junior Open champion, eagled the final hole of regulation and then defeated England’s Olly Huggins at the fourth extra hole to take the title. Huggins advances 74 places to 239th.

 

Top 20 movers

 

Andy Ogletree joins Mouw in the top 20 with a four-ranking move to 17th. 

 

Top 50 movers

 

Cooper Dossey of the United States and Portugal’s Daniel da Costa Rodrigues take over 49th and 50th places respectively. Dossey make a two-ranking rise while Rodrigues advances three spots.

 

Biggest ranking improvement 

 

U.S. player William Paysse takes that honour with a jump of 1,307 positions to 1,097th after a third-place finish in the Sea Best Invitational.

The Women

Performances of the week

 

Grimstad dominates UCF Challenge

 

Renate Grimstad of Norway breaks into the World Amateur Golf Ranking® top 100 after dominating the UCF Challenge. The University of Miami student was the only player in the field to break 70 in all three rounds over Eagle Creek Golf Club in Orlando. She signalled her intentions early with an opening 6-under-par 66. She added further scores of 67 and 69 for a 14-under 202 to win by seven shots. It is Grimstad’s first victory in her final season of college golf. The Bergen native improves her status as Norway’s third best amateur by climbing 44 places to 81st. Grimstad, who has twice represented Norway in the World Amateur Team Championships, reaches her highest WAGR® status.

 

Duncan’s dozen wins R&A title

 

Scotland’s Louise Duncan advances 58 spots to 630th after running out a 12-shot winner of the R&A Student Tour Series – Portugal. The University of Stirling student returned scores of 71, 69 and 72 at Troia Golf for a 4-under 212 tally and the easiest of victories.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Carolina Lopez-Chacarra Coto of Spain is the only new entry into the top half century in a week when there is no movement into the top 20. She makes a two-ranking rise to assume 50th spot.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Isabel Amezcua Popowich of Mexico is the week’s most improved player. She jumps 543 positions to a career high 1,180th after winning the Copa Yucatan in her homeland. Popowich sandwiched a second round 66 between scores of 73 and 72 for a 211 aggregate and a three-shot victory. It is her second win in the space of three events. She ended 2019 by winning the Colombia Junior Open.

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