Performance of the week
Strafaci doubles up in Palmetto Amateur
Ty Strafaci didn’t rest on his laurels after winning the North and South Amateur Championship. Just a week after making history by joining grandfather Frank as North and South Champion, the first grandfather/grandson duo to win the prestigious title, Strafaci doubled up by winning the Palmetto Amateur in Aiken, South Carolina. The Georgia Tech student returned scores of 68, 66, 67 and 69 for a 10-under 270 total. It gave him a one-shot victory over CJ Easley and Greyson Porter.
Strafaci climbs eight places on the World Amateur Golf Ranking® to 55th, just five spots away from his highest WAGR® status. Easley advances 195 positions to 472nd, his best ranking. Porter also reaches a personal best with a 65-ranking move to 326th.
Schniederjans follows in brother’s footsteps
Luke Schniederjans seems intent on making as much of a mark in amateur golf as his older brother. Oliver Schniederjans won the 2014 Mark H McCormack Medal as the world’s leading amateur. Luke hasn’t quite reached those heights, but winning prestigious titles like the Georgia Amateur Championship helps. The younger Schniederjans took the 99th edition of Georgia’s State Amateur at the Atlanta Athletic Club. The Georgia Tech player defeated fellow Georgian Brett Barron in a sudden death playoff after the pair had tied on 213. Schniederjans moves five places to 77th, while Barron is 44 spots better off in 712th.
Biggest ranking improvement
There are no new top 20 or 50 movers this week, while Jensen Preston’s victory in the Magnolia Amateur makes him the week’s highest mover. The Lexington, Kentucky resident defeated California’s Lucas Carper with a birdie at the first playoff hole after they’d tied on 205 totals. Preston jumps 1,126 places to 4,474th. Carper is ranked 1,380th.
Performances of the week
Melgrati excels in Italian Match Play
Carolina Melgrati entered the final of the Italian Ladies Match Play at Lignano Golf Club 65 rankings below opponent Anna Zanusso on the World Amateur Golf Ranking®, yet she walked off with the Giuseppe Silva Trophy. Melgrati took the 18-hole final 4&3. It was her third top-10 finish of 2020 following ninth in the Spanish International Ladies’ Amateur and seventh in the Portuguese International Ladies’ Amateur.
Melgrati breaks into the world top 90 with a 43-ranking move to 89th, her best WAGR® position. Zanusso, a two-time winner at the University of Denver, is now the world’s 59th ranked player after climbing eight places.
Schofill goes two for three in Florida Amateur
Megan Schofill earned her second win in three events with a one-shot victory in the Florida Women's Amateur Championship. The Auburn University student won the Lake Oconee Invitational earlier this year, placed third in the Darius Rucker Invitational before taking her state amateur. She moves one place to a personal best of 29th.
Samuelsson reaches career high with playoff win
Sweden’s Maia Samuelsson reaches her best WAGR® status after winning the Angso International Junior Masters Invitational in her homeland. Samuelsson won in a playoff over Meja Ortengren. Samuelsson jumps 173 rankings to 708th. Ortengren also reaches her highest position with a 25-place move to 425th.
Top 50 movers
There are no new top 20 players, while Russian Nataliya Guseva makes a two-ranking move to 50th, her highest WAGR® status.
Biggest ranking improvement
A Korean takes the honour as most improved player for the second week in a row. Shin Yu Jin follows compatriot Lee Yeon Seo with a jump of 548 positions to world number 2,351st, a career high.