Performance of the week
Widing moves into top 70 with Lamkin win
Sweden’s Tim Widing reaches a career high of 66th on the World Amateur Golf Ranking® after winning the Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic. The University of San Francisco student jumps 37 positions after two-shot victory. Widing returned rounds of 70, 69 and 69 for an 8-under 208 total. He becomes Sweden’s fifth highest ranked amateur.
Taylor survives final round scare to win General Hackler
Zack Taylor of the United States benefitted from two superb rounds to win the General Hackler Championship. Taylor, a Coastal Carolina student, opened with rounds of 66 and 68 to take a four-shot lead into the final round. It was enough to afford him a closing 74 and still win. His 8-under 208 gave him a two-shot victory. He climbs 138 rankings to 119th.
Strong finish gives Van Paris Sage Valley title
Jackson Van Paris saved his best for last to win the Junior Invitational at Sage Valley. The American teenager followed opening scores of 71 and 69 with a 5-under 67 to post a 9-under 207 to win by two shots. He advances 81 rankings to 67th, his best position on the WAGR® table.
Top 20 movers
Ireland’s James Sugrue is the only new top 20 entry. Sugrue, who won the Amateur Championship at Portmarnock last year, makes a two-ranking rise to 20th.
Top 50 movers
Americans Noah Norton and Cameron Sisk join this week’s top 50. Norton is two places better off in 49th. Sisk climbs 15 spots to 50th after finishing second in the Lamkin Grips San Diego Classic.
Biggest ranking improvement
New Zealand’s Reid Hilton jumps 1,245 places to world number 2,183 after seventh place in the New Zealand Stroke Play Championship.
Performances of the week
Grant nears top 10 return after Thompson win
Sweden’s Linn Grant makes a two-ranking rise to 11th on the World Amateur Golf Ranking® thanks to a hard-fought victory in the Dr Donnis Thompson Invitational. The Swede, who has been as high as eighth on the WAGR® table, needed extra holes to see off Sabrina Iqbal of the United States after the pair tied on 7-under 209. Arizona State player Grant won with a birdie at the fifth extra hole. Texas Christian University student Iqbal’s consolation is a 24-place move to 104th, her best WAGR® status.
Vongsaga scratches out Wildcat win
Kailie Vongsaga of the United states emerged victorious in the Arizona Wildcat Invitational thanks to home course advantage. She was one of five University of Arizona players to finish in the top six to help the college take the team tile by 22 shots. Rounds of 68, 68 and 71 gave Vongsaga a 9-under 207 total and a one-shot victory. She jumps 208 positions to a career high 418th.
Lund-Hansen and Chu share Inkster trophy
Marie Lund-Hansen of Denmark and Australian Amy Chu were declared joint winners of the Juli Inkster Meadow Club Collegiate after they tied on 2-under 214 aggregates. The University of Washington teammates separated themselves from the rest of the field by one shot to tie for the individual title. Lund-Hansen,Denmark’s fourth best amateur, climbs 36 spots to 158th, her highest WAGR® position. Chu advances 178 places to 786th.
Biggest ranking improvement
Brittany Shin makes the biggest move in a week with no new top 20 or 50 entries. The U.S. player soars 664 rankings to world number 1,278 after sharing the UNF Collegiate with France’s Ariane Klotz, who climbs 62 spots to 526th.