The Men

Performance of the week

Norton enters top 60 with Patriot victory


Noah Norton of the United States starts 2020 with a 25-ranking move to 59th on the World Amateur Golf Ranking® thanks to closing out 2019 with a bang. The Georgia Tech student shot a 2-under 68 on the last day of year to win the Patriot All-America Invitational at Wigwam Golf Club in Arizona. Previous rounds of 70 and 65 gave him a 7-under 203 total and a one-shot victory over countryman Mason Overstreet, who advances 18 positions to 246th.


Cox flies high at Orlando International


Kyle Cox returned a closing 5-under 66 at Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge to go with an opening 65 and a second-round 68 to win the Orlando International Amateur Championship. His 15-under 199 gave him a six-shot victory. He advances 78 places 1,051st.


Gabrelcik proves uncatchable in New Year’s Invitational


Nicholas Gabrelcik was simply uncatchable in the New Year’s Invitational at St Petersburg Country Club, Florida. He sandwiched a 71 between two 5-under 67s for an 11-under 205 to run out a seven-shot winner. The Trinity, Florida resident moves 316 positions to 616th.


Top 20 movers


Scotland’s Sandy Scott, Americans Davis Thompson and Austin Eckroat, and Spain’s David Puig Currius move into the top 20. Scott jumps 20 places to fourth. Thompson is 23 spots better off in ninth. Puig Currius makes an eight-ranking rise to 17th, while Eckroat climbs 10 positions to 18th.


Top 50 movers


There are eight new top 50 players. They are: Garett Reband (USA), 56th to 34th; Jayden Schaper (RSA), 85th to 38th; Noah Goodwin (USA), 51st to 39th; Adrien Pendaries (FRA), 60th to 41st; Peter Kuest (USA), 71st to 43rd; Canon Claycomb (USA), 81st to 44th; Gabriel Morgan Birke (CHI), 54th to 46th; and Mcclure Meissner (USA), 54th to 49th.


Biggest ranking improvement


France’s Nicolas Porteboeuf starts 2020 as the most improved player with a jump of 2,374 rankings to 167th.

The Women

Performances of the week


Roussin-Bouchard becomes second French number one


Pauline Roussin-Bouchard becomes only the second French player to occupy the world number one spot by moving to the top of the World Amateur Golf Ranking®. Roussin-Bouchard ended 2019 as world number two, but swaps places with Thailand’s Atthaya Thitikul to kick off 2020. She joins compatriot Celine Boutier as the only two French players, male or female, to occupy the world number one spot. Roussin-Bouchard had a banner 2019 season with four wins, including the Italian and Portuguese Amateur Championships, and the Windy City Collegiate in her first year as a University of South Carolina student.


Stone cracks top 500 with Harder Hall win


Latanna Stone handled the windy conditions that plagued the Harder Hall Women’s Invitational better than the field to take the prestigious title. The Valrico, Florida resident was a model of consistency over the first three rounds with identical, level-par 72s. Strong winds on the final day saw her post a 75, but she still ran out a three-shot winner with a 3-over 275. She breaks into the top 500 with a jump of 51 places to 456th.


Top 20 movers


Sweden’s Maja Stark, Sofia Garcia of Paraguay and English player Lily May Humphreys move into the top 20. Stark climbs 32 spots to 12th, while Garcia and Humphreys make 12-ranking moves to 15th and 17th respectively.


Top 50 movers


The following five players take their places in the top 50: Julie McCarthy (Ireland), 61st to 29th; Agathe Laisne (FRA), 64 to 38th; Paula Schulz-Hanssen (GER), 82nd to 40th; Siyun Liu (CHN), 96th to 42nd; and Nanako Ueno (JPN) 119th to 44th.


Biggest ranking improvement


Kari Bellville of the United States takes that honour. She jumps 1,499 positions to 437th
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