The Men

Performance of the week

Gallegos makes history with Latin America Amateur win

 

Seventeen-year-old Abel Gallegos made history with his victory in the Latin American Amateur Championship: he’s the first player from Argentina to lift the prestigious title. Gallegos returned a final round 4-under-par 67 at Mayakoba’s El Camaleón Golf Club in Mexico following rounds of 73, 70 and 70 for a 4-under 280. He took the title by four shots from local favourite Aaron Terrazas. Gallegos earns invitations to this year’s Masters and Open Championship. He also advances 145 positions on the World Amateur Golf Ranking® to 315th. Terrazas is 79 places better off in 183rd.

 

Morgan stands tallest in Australian Amateur

 

Australian Jediah Morgan is 143 places higher in the world order in 302nd thanks to victory in Australian Men's Amateur Championship at Royal Queensland Golf Club. The 20 year old defeated Northern Ireland’s Tom McKibbin 4&3 to fulfil a childhood dream and get his hands on his national trophy. McKibbin improves 70 positions to 143rd. English players Ben Jones and Charlie Strickland reached the semi-finals. Jones breaks into the world top 30 with a five-ranking rise to 28th, while Strickland is a new top 100 player thanks to a 29-place improvement to 97th.

 

Top 20 movers

 

Austin Eckroat of the United States is the only new top 20 player with a one-ranking rise to 50th. There are no new top 50 players.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Australian Joshuaa Robards takes the accolades for the biggest move of the week after winning the Boys Championship of Victoria at Cranbourne Golf Club. Robards posted a 4-under 212 to win by two shots. He jumps 1,858 positions to world number 4,470 as a result.

The Women

Performances of the week

 

Heath canters to Australian Amateur title

 

Charlotte Heath makes a significant move up the World Amateur Golf Ranking® after a relatively easy victory in the Australian Women’s Amateur Championship. The 18-year-old English player took the title at Royal Queensland Golf Club with an emphatic 7&6 victory over Indonesia’s Melati Putri. Heath, a member of Huddersfield Golf Club, sprinted out of the blocks to go three up after five holes. She was eight up after the morning 18 and 10 up after the first three holes of the afternoon. She closed out the match on the 12th hole. The win earns her invites to two professional events, the Victoria Open and Women’s Australian Open. Victory also moves her 60 places to 169th on the WAGR table.

 

Pano wins third Jones-Doherty title

 

Alex Pano of the United States won the Ione D Jones-Doherty Amateur for the third time in four years. Pano, the world’s 25th best amateur player, defeated compatriot Courtney McKim 4&3 at Coral Ridge Country Club in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. McKim is 38 positions better off in 1,181st. Canada’s Judith Kyrinis defeated Californian Corey Weworski at the first extra hole to win the Ione D Jones- Doherty Senior Championship. Kyrinis moves to 531st from 556th, while Weworski is ranked 946th

 

Top 20 movers

 

Sofia Garcia of Paraguay is the only new top 20 player. She edges up one place to 20th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

The top 50 also features just one new name. It belongs to Finland’s Kiira Riihijarvi, who makes a three-ranking rise to 49th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Maddie May of New Zealand’s climbs 641 positions to 1,543rd by winning the Southland 54 Hole Strokeplay Championship in her homeland.

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