The Men

Performances of the week

Goff survives scare to receive Blessings

 

American Alex Goff survived a final round scare to earn his first win in college golf. The University of Kentucky player entered the final round of The Blessings Intercollegiate with four-shot lead after rounds of 69 and a career best 65. He still had that four-shot cushion when he arrived on the 18th tee. That became just two strokes when he played a wrong ball from a fairway bunker. He ended up making a seven on the hole for a 4-over 76 and a 6-under 210 aggregate. Thankfully he still won by two shots. He jumps 407 positions on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking® to a personal best of 354th.

 

McCarthy rides 64s to Pasadera win

 

A pair of 64s helped Joshua McCarthy to victory in the Pasadera Collegiate Invite. The Pepperdine student opened and closed with those 6-under scores, threw in a 68 for a 14-under 196 total and then defeated teammate Dylan Menante in a playoff. McCarthy makes a 51-ranking rise to 138th, while Menante is 65 places better off in 363rd.

 

Holcomb moves back into top 80

 

William Holcomb moves back into the top 80 after running out a two-shot winner of the Trinity Forest Amateur. The Sam Houston State University player compiled rounds of 68, 67 and 67 to post an 11 under 202 tally. He advances 24 spots to 79th to match his previous best WAGR® position.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Ryan Kohler of the United States is the week’s most improved player following victory in the New Hampshire Mid-Amateur Championship. He took the title by one shot at Winnipesaukee Golf Club to climb 988 rankings to 1,811th. There are no new top 20 or 50 players this week.

The Women

Performances of the week

Matthews reaches new heights with Blessings win

 

Brooke Matthews of the United States attains a personal best position on the World Amateur Golf Ranking® after a runaway victory in The Blessings Intercollegiate. The University of Arkansas student opened with a 5-under 67 to be tied for the first-round lead. She staked her claim to the title with a second round 66. A closing 73 for a 10-under 206 saw her cruise to a five-shot victory. Blessing jumps 88 positions to 82nd as a result.

 

Kaur refuses to share Betsy Rawls

 

Gurleen Kaur had to share last week’s Schooner Fall Classic, but decided to keep the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invite all to herself. It was close though. Kaur earned her second victory in consecutive tournaments when she eked out victory over Oklahoma State’s Isabella Fierro. Both players returned final-round 6-under 66s. Kaur’s previous scores of 72 and 65 proved the difference. It gave her a 13-under 213 total and a one-shot win. She moves 18 places to a career-high 60th. Fierro climbs 19 places to 83rd to improve her status as Mexico’s best amateur.

 

Hartlage hangs on for Purdue win

 

Lauren Hartlage looked comfortable in the opening rounds of the Golfweek Purdue Amateur, but things got tense in round three. The Kentucky native opened with 68 and 67 to lead going into the final round. She slipped to a 2-over 74 for a 7-under 209, just good enough for a one-shot victory. She makes an eight-ranking move to 61st

 

Top 50 movers

 

Hannah Darling, Scotland’s best amateur, advances two rankings to 50th in a week with no new top 20 players.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Laney Frye soars 780 positions to 1,447th, her highest status, after finishing sixth in The Blessings Intercollegiate.

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