The Men

Performances of the week

Bairstow breaks top-40 barrier

 

Sam Bairstow proved a model of consistency in winning the English Men's Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Ganton Golf Club. The Yorkshireman, a semi-finalist in the recent English Men’s Amateur Championship, looked odds on to lift the prestigious Brabazon Trophy when he took a five-shot lead into the final round after scores of 66, 69 and 69. Countryman Zach Chegwidden gave Bairstow a bit of a fright when he charged through the field with a closing 64 to whittle the lead down to two shots with three holes to play. However, Bairstow returned a third consecutive 69 for an 11-under 273 tally to beat Chegwidden by two shots.

 

Bairstow breaks through the World Amateur Golf Ranking® top 40 barrier for the first time with a 28-position rise to 32nd. Chegwidden, winner of this year’s Berkshire Trophy, also reaches a personal best ranking. He jumps 402 places to 892nd.

 

Broomhead wins KwaZulu-Natal Amateur

 

South Africa’s Jonothan Broomhead is another who celebrates a WAGR personal best thanks to victory in the KwaZulu-Natal Amateur Championship. Broomhead defeated countryman Kyle De Beer at Durban Country Club to jump 105 places to 357th. De Beer is six places better off in 179th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

American Austin Greaser, runner-up in the U. S. Amateur Championship, joins Bairstow in the top 50 by taking over 50th place, his highest status, with a three-ranking rise. There are no new top 20 players this week.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Croatian Leo Zurovac takes that honour. He vaults 1,877 places to a high of 3,860th by winning the Limuru Junior Open in Kenya. He added the title to the Kenya Junior Stroke Play he won two weeks earlier. Zurovac becomes Croatia’s number two player after Ivan Ninkovic, who is ranked 2,159th.

 

The Women

Performances of the week

Duncan receives Curtis Cup boost

 

Scotland’s Louise Duncan heads into this week’s Curtis Cup at Conwy Golf Club on a high after placing 10th in the AIG Women’s Open at Carnoustie. The West Kilbride Golf Club member, the reigning Women’s Amateur champion, proved yet again that the line between elite amateurs and top professionals is razor thin. Scores of 68, 73, 68 and 72 gave her a 7-under-par total, five shots off Anna Nordqvist’s winning pace. Duncan, an R&A Scholar who attends Stirling University, soars 102 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking® to a career high of 31st.

 

The 21 year old bettered Irish Curtis Cup teammate Lauren Walsh by eight shots to take the Smyth Salver as low amateur. Walsh, who placed joint 42nd, moves inside the top 15 for the first time with a seven-ranking rise to 14th. England’s Annabell Fuller, who joins Duncan and Walsh at Conwy, finished equal 61st and climbs 11 spots to 27th.

 

Na hits right notes in Song Am Cup

 

Korea’s Eunseo Na reaches a personal best WAGR position after surviving a playoff to win the Song Am Cup at DaeGu CC in her homeland. Na defeated compatriot Kweon Soeun after they tied on 204 totals. Na jumps 190 positions to 273rd, while Soeun is 821 rankings better off in 884th, also a career high.

 

Vitu wins Slovak Junior

 

Gabriela Roberta Vitu of the Czech Republic moves to 440th from last week’s ranking of 508th after winning the Slovak Junior Amateur Championship. A 221 aggregate following rounds of 73, 77 and 71 gave her a two-shot victory.

 

Top 20 movers

 

Walsh is the only new top 20 player.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Japanese players Ayaka Tezuka and Amiyu Ozeki join Duncan in the top 50 after making the cut in the NEC Karuizawa 72 Golf Tournament on the Japan LPGA Tour. Tezuka improves 32 places to 38th, while Ozeki advances 48 spots to 42nd.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Soeun’s second-place finish in the Song Am Cup makes her the week’s most improved player.

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