The Men

Performances of the week

PING win takes Chinn into top 100

 

Kelly Chinn breaks into the World Amateur Golf Ranking® top 100 for the first time by winning The PING Invitational at Karsten Creek Golf Club. The Great Falls, Virginia resident was a wire-to-wire winner of his second American Junior Golf Association tournament.

 

Chinn started the final round with a four-shot lead, but struggled to a 3-over-par 39 on the front nine. Another bogey followed at the 11th before he reeled off six birdies in his last seven holes for a closing 71, 1-under. His 5-under 211 helped him to a three-shot victory. It also means a jump of 30 places to 86th.

 

Elvis hits high notes in Keperra Bowl

 

Elvis Smylie left the field behind with a dominant performance to retain the Keperra Bowl. The Queenslander won by 13 shots thanks to scores of 64, 71, 66 and 62 for a 25-under 263. The 18-year-old reigning Queensland Stroke Play champion reaches his highest position on the WAGR® table with a move of 41 spots to 140th.

 

Sale enjoys life in the 60s

 

France’s Julien Sale rode a trio of sub 70 scores – 69, 66 and 65 – to victory in the Bubba Barnett Intercollegiate. The University of Arkansas student was the only player to shoot three rounds in the 60s at Ridge Point Country Club in Jonesboro, Arkansas. His 16-under 200 gave him a five-shot victory. The win sees him strengthen his status as the world’s 74th ranked player, and French number three.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Japan’s Takara Oshima is the most improved player in a week with no new top 20 or 50 players. Oshima finished 55th amongst the professionals in the Japan Open Golf Championship. He rises 1,217 positions to 5,141st.

The Women

Performances of the week

Zhang joins Spieth in record books

 

World number one Rose Zhang joins 2017 Open Champion Jordan Spieth in the amateur record books with an outstanding victory in The PING Invitational. They are the only two-time winners of the prestigious tournament.

 

The number one player on the World Amateur Golf Ranking® began the final round four shots off the lead at Karsten Creek Golf Club, but returned a 5-under par 67 to post a 4-under 212. The reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur champion won by a stroke to strengthen her number one status.

 

Walsh furthers Curtis Cup claim

 

Ireland’s Lauren Walsh furthered her claim for a place in the Great Britain and Ireland Curtis Cup team when she earned her maiden win in college golf. The Wake Forest student won the Women's Griffin Amateur by five shots following rounds of 71, 72 and 74 for a 1-over 217 aggregate. Walsh, who is already in the GB&I Curtis Cup squad, moves inside the top 50 on the WAGR® table for the first time with a jump of eight places to 45th.

 

Roberts reaches new heights with Fall win

 

American Taylor Roberts reaches a career-high status of 388th, a jump of 89 positions, thanks to victory in the Fall Elite Series – Mark Bostick at UF. Scores of 72, 68 and 67 gave the Florida State player a 3-under 207 tally and a one-shot victory.

 

Top 20 movers

 

Austria’s Emma Spitz returns to the top 20 with a two-ranking move to 20th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Walsh is the only new top 50 player courtesy of her Women's Griffin Amateur win.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Catherine Rao of the United States advances 676 positions to 1,236th with a third-place finish in The PING Invitational.

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