The Men

Performances of the week

Pak flies amateur flag in U.S. Open


John Pak moves one place to seventh on the World Amateur Golf Ranking® after holding his own among the world’s best in the U.S. Open Championship. The Scotch Plains, New Jersey native was the only one of 13 amateurs to make the cut at Winged Foot. Opening with a 1-under-par 69 helped that cause. Further rounds of 76, 79 and 74 for a 298 total saw the 21-year-old Florida State All-American place equal 51st. World number one Takumi Kanaya and fourth ranked Davis Thompson missed the cut by just one shot.


Lester crowned Connacht king


Ireland’s Rowan Lester is the new Connacht Stroke Play champion after beating Mark Power, Ireland’s third best player, by two shots. Lester’s 7-under par 281 was compiled via scores of 68, 70, 72 and 71. The member of Hermitage Golf Club jumps 102 rankings to 355th. Power strengthens his status as the world’s 43rd best player.


Chopra uses local knowledge to win GCAA title


American Varun Chopra cashed in on knowledge of his home course to win the GCAA Amateur Series – Illinois. The University of Illinois player sandwiched a 69 between a pair of 67s for a 13-under 203 aggregate around the University of Illinois Orange Course to run out a four-shot winner. He climbs 149 positions to 605th.


Top 20 movers


John Augenstein makes a two-ranking move to 19th following his U.S. Open appearance. Augenstein, runner-up in last year’s U.S. Amateur Championship, missed the cut by just three shots. There are no new top 50 players this week.


Biggest ranking improvement


Alejandro Fierro Saul of Mexico flies 1,201 positions up the WAGR® table to 5,026th following a third-place finish in the Fall Kickoff.

The Women

Performances of the week

Third time lucky for Mahar


Emily Mahar is celebrating a move of 24 places on the World Amateur Golf Ranking® to 81st, three spots outside her personal best, after surviving a three-hole playoff to win the Golfweek Caledonia Amateur. The Australian faced off against American Caroline Curtis after the pair tied on 8-under 208 at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. Mahar prevailed with a par at the 18th when the pair returned there for a third time. Curtis jumps 99 positions to a career high of 546th.


Liautier scales new heights with home win


Charlotte Liautier of France reaches her highest position on the WAGR® table by winning the French International Ladies Championship. Liautier prevailed over compatriot Ariane Klotz in a playoff after they shared the top of the leaderboard with scores of 212 at Golf de Chiberta. Liautier moves to 280th from last week’s position of 331st. Klotz moves 42 rankings to 429th.


Ortengren earns second 2020 win


Sweden’s Meja Ortengren breaks into the top 200 on the WAGR® table for the first time with victory in the Teen Tour Elite #6, her second 2020 win following victory in the JSM Teen Tour Elite #4 last month. She won by two shots with a 213 tally at Orbyhus Golf Club in her homeland, and makes a 21-ranking move to 198th.


Top 50 movers


Rachel Kuehn of the United States is the only new top half century player with a move of three spots to 50th. There are no new top 20 movers.


Biggest ranking improvement


American Ashley Kozlowski takes that honour with a jump of 672 positions to 1,095th, her highest ranking, thanks to two-stroke victory in the GCAA Amateur Series – Illinois.


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