The Men

Performances of the week

Nakajima follows in Matsuyama’s footsteps

 

Japan’s Keita Nakajima has followed in the footsteps of new Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama by becoming the number one player on the World Amateur Golf Ranking®. Second-place in the Token Homemade Cup on the Japan Golf Tour, his third consecutive top 10 finish on that circuit, sees Nakajima move 10 places to replace American Pierceson Coody as the world’s top player. Matsuyama, number one in 2010, and Takumi Kanaya, who held the top ranking last year before turning professional, are the only two other Japanese men to reach the number one spot.

 

Nothing to separate Thunderbird three

 

Ludvig Aberg of Sweden, Spain’s Albert Boneta, and Blake Tomlinson of the United States were inseparable at the conclusion of the Thunderbird Invitational over the Papago Golf Course in Phoenix, Arizona. They were declared joint winners after posting 12-under 201 aggregates. Texas Tech player Aberg strengthens his hold on the world number five spot. Boneta, who attends the University of New Mexico, reaches a career high of 254th with a 154-ranking jump. University of Utah student Tomlinson also achieves a personal best by climbing 180 spots to 182nd.

 

Highsmith on high after Western win

 

Victory in the 74th Annual Western Intercollegiate also helps American Joe Highsmith attain his highest WAGR® status. The Pepperdine University student took the title in a three-man playoff with Brigham Young University's Carson Lundell and Puwit Anupansuebsai of San Diego State. Highsmith advances 29 positions to 63rd. Countryman Lundell becomes the 170th ranked player after a 67-place move. Thailand’s Anupansuebsai breaks into the top 50 for the first time with a 16-ranking improvement to 45th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Anupansuebsai is the only new top 50 player in a week with no inroads into the top 20.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Hayden Carner’s 1,164-ranking move to 4,557th by winning the NJCAA Region 22 Championship, the U.S. player’s second consecutive victory, makes him the week’s most improved male amateur.

The Women

Performances of the week

Roussin-Bouchard wins top four battle

 

France’s Pauline Roussin-Bouchard won the battle of the World Amateur Golf Ranking® top four that emerged at the SEC Women's Golf Championship. The University of South Carolina student and world number four, formerly world number one, took the title by three shots over Sweden’s Ingrid Lindblad, the world’s third ranked player.

 

Roussin-Bouchard closed with a 7-under 65 after consecutive rounds of 67 to post a 17-under 199 at Greystone Golf & Country Club in Birmingham, Alabama. Both players strengthen their respective positions on the WAGR® table.

 

Kim moves back into the top 40

 

Gina Kim of the United States matched Roussin-Bouchard’s three stroke winning margin when she won the ACC Women's Golf Championship at Sedgefield Golf & Country Club in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Duke University player, who won the Harder Hall Women’s Invitational at the end of last year, was the only player in the field to record three scores in the 60s – 68, 69 and 69 – to post a 10-under 206 aggregate. The U.S. Curtis Cup squad member moves back inside the top 40 with a 17-position move to 37th.

 

Three share Indiana Invitational

 

England’s Emily Price, Valery Plata of Colombia and Malaysia’s Ashley Lau shared the spoils in the Indiana Invitational after matching 4-under-par 212 scores over the Pfau Course at Indiana University in Bloomington. Price, a Kent State University student, climbs 14 spots to 33rd. Michigan State player Plata is 18 rankings better off in 60th. Lau, who attends the University of Michigan, rises 99 positions to 174th.

 

Top 20 movers

 

Rachel Heck’s win in the Fresno State Classic, her second victory of the year, takes her four places to 19th. Fellow American Rachel Kuehn joins her with a two-ranking rise to 20th following third place in the ACC Women's Golf Championship.

 

Top 50 movers

 

American Julia Johnson and Miyu Abe of Japan join Kim in the top 50 with two-place moves to 49th and 50th respectively.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Japanese player Rin Yoshida takes that accolade with a 787-ranking rise to 1,029th.

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