The Men

Performance of the week

Ballester Barrio prevails in Spanish Amateur

 

Jose Luis Ballester Barrio is the new Spanish amateur champion after defeating Germany’s Jannik De Bruyn 3&1 at Real Club Sevilla Golf. As Spain’s fifth best amateur, Ballester Barrio was expected to challenge for the title, especially after starting the year second in the Junior Orange Bowl. The 2018 Boys Amateur finalist duly delivered and jumps 18 places on the World Amateur Golf Ranking® to 31st to become Spain’s fourth best amateur. Reigning German champion De Bruyn moves 24 spots to 61st.

 

Murphy & Sigel denied Dorado Beach showdown

 

Ireland’s John Murphy and American Ben Sigel were denied a showdown in the Dorado Beach Collegiate when heavy rain forced cancellation of the final two rounds. It might have been some battle after the pair matched 7-under 65s. University of Louisville player Murphy makes a 47-ranking improvement to 123rd, while Sigel is 98 places better off in 294th.

 

Lamprecht flirts with 59 in Cape Province Open

 

Christo Lamprecht Jnr was simply uncatchable in the Cape Province Open at George Golf Club in the heart of South Africa’s Garden Route. Lamprecht Jnr was on 59 watch in the third round after opening scores of 66 and 68. He missed by one shot, recording a 60. A closing 68 gave him a 26-under 262 and a 9-shot victory. The South African, a member of the R&A supported Louis57 Academy, is now the world’s 221st best player after a jump of 94 rankings.

 

Top 20 movers

 

England’s Joseph Pagdin is the only new top 20 entry with a two-ranking move to 20th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Eric Bae of the USA edges up two spots to 49th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Victory in the San Francisco City Senior Championship sees American Jim Knoll climb 919 places to 1,577th

 

The Women

Performances of the week

 

Pinthier enters top 100 with Spanish Am win

 

Lilas Pinthier of France moves into the World Amateur Golf Ranking® top 100 by winning the Spanish International Ladies' Amateur Championship at Real Club de Golf de Tenerife. Pinthier needed four extra holes to see off 14-year-old Spaniard Cayetana Fernandez Garcia-Poggio in the scheduled 18-hole match play final. Pinthier, who represented Europe in last year’s Junior Solheim Cup, advances 59 positions to 92nd, her highest WAGR® status. Garcia-Poggio improves 481 rankings to 841st.

 

Spitz and Sim share Bruin Wave title

 

Austria’s Emma Spitz and Kelly Sim of Korea were declared joint winners of the Bruin Wave Invitational after separating themselves from the rest of the field with 5-under 211 totals at San Luis Obispo Country Club in California. UCLA player Spitz moves five places to 15th. Sim, who tied a tournament record with her 5-under opening 67, jumps 51 spots to 115th.

 

Strong finish makes Tseng an ICON

 

Lorena (Tsai Ching) Tseng of Taipei climbs 52 rankings to a career high 76th on the WAGR® table by winning the ICON Invitational at Woodlands Country Club in Texas. The University of Tulsa player returned a 5-under 67 after recording 72 and 70 to run out a one-shot winner with a 7-under 209 aggregate.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Three players join the top 50 in a week with no new top 20 players. Norway’s Dorthea Forbrigd and Ana Belac of Slovenia make three-ranking moves to 48th and 49th respectively, while Australian Grace Kim makes a jump of five spots to 50th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Liechtenstein’s Isabel Laulhe is the most improved player by moving 643 positions to world number 500 after reaching the quarter finals of the Spanish International Ladies' Amateur Championship.

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