The Men

Performance of the week

Summerhays celebrates 18th birthday in style

 

Preston Summerhays will always remember his 18th birthday: it was the day he won the 2020 Sunnehanna Amateur Championship.

 

Summerhays climbs 194 positions to 110th on the World Amateur Golf Ranking® thanks to an impressive victory. He might have been one of the younger competitors but it didn’t stop him taking the title by three strokes. Then again, the Arizona native is the reigning U.S. Junior Amateur champion.

 

Summerhays became the tournament’s youngest champion with an impressive four round progression. His 14-under 266 total featured four rounds that got better each day – 68, 67, 66 and 65.

 

Battista goes one better

 

Alessio Battista jumps 117 rankings this week to 604th, bettering his previous highest position by one spot, after winning the Italian Amateur Match Play. The 17 year old took possession of the Giuseppe Silva Trophy after defeating Alberto Castagnara 2&1 at Margara Golf Club. Castagnara is 136 places better off in 1,024th.

 

Howe’s Southern Amateur heist

 

Alex Goff was hoping for at least a playoff for the Southern Amateur Championship after finishing on 10 under par. His hopes were dashed when fellow American Connor Howe practically stole the trophy from under his nose. Howe’s chip in birdie on the final hole meant he finished on 11 under par 199. Howe reaches his highest WAGR® position with a 134-place jump to 622nd. Goff makes a 166-ranking rise to 1,026th.

 

Top 20 movers

 

Garett Reband of the United States makes a one-ranking move to 20th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Americans Noah Goodwin and Trevor Werbylo climb four positions to 49th and 50th respectively.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Germany’s Tim Bertenbreiter jumps 1,319 rankings to 3,922nd thanks to his recent 2020 Youth Challenge 1 victory.

 

The Women

Performances of the week

Malchirand goes 10 better to join top 10

 

A ten-shot improvement between rounds helped France’s Lucie Malchirand overcome world number one Pauline Roussin-Bouchard to win the GTGA invitational in Berlin. After opening with rounds of 67 and 68, Malchirand slipped to a 76 before winning with a closing 6-under-par 66. Her 11-under 277 gave her a two-shot victory over compatriot Roussin-Bouchard. Malchirand began the tournament 12 places behind Roussin-Bouchard at 13th on the World Amateur Golf Ranking®. She moves three places to 10th to solidify her status as the French number two.

 

Nobilio crowned Italian champion

 

Italy’s Alessia Nobilio won for the second week in a row when she added the Italian Ladies Stroke Play Championship to the Gran Premio di Monticello. The Italian number one returned rounds of 72, 68, 69 and 70. Her 9-under 279 total gave her a three-shot victory and the Isa Goldschmid Trophy. She edges up one spot to world number three.

 

Thibault joins stars with Western win

 

Canada’s Brigitte Thibault joined former professional world number ones Ariya Jutanugarn, Stacy Lewis and Cristie Kerr as a Western Amateur champion when she defeated American Jackie Lucena 4&3 at Prestwick Country Club in Frankfort, Illinois. The final-year Fresno State student reaches her highest WAGR® status with a 23-ranking move to 101th. Lucena is 173 spots better off in 598th.

 

Top 20 movers

 

Thailand’s Jaravee Boonchant makes a one-ranking rise to 20th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Tsubasa Kajitani of Japan edges up one spot to occupy 50th position.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Sweden’s Matilda Jonsson breaks into the top 600 for the first time with a move of 843 rankings to 534th after a seventh-place finish in the GolfUppsala Open.

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