The Men

Performances of the week

Katich saves best for last

 

Philipp Katich saved his best golf for the final two rounds of the Internationaux de France at Golf de Chantilly.  The German lifted the prestigious Coupe Murat thanks to closing rounds of 67 and 69 following a 72 and 73 opening. He was the only player in the field to break 70 in the final two rounds, winning the title by two strokes thanks to a 281 tally. Katich, who warmed up for his French victory by placing second in the Golfsportmanufaktur Schäfflertanz International Open in his homeland, climbs 221 positions to 447th on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking® as a result.

 

Hirata finishes top of the class

 

Kensei Hirata came out top of the class in the Japan Collegiate Championship at Aichi Country Club. He took top marks by a stroke with a 272 aggregate thanks to rounds of 71, 67, 66 and 68. Hirata has played four tournaments this year, and has finished in the top five in all four. He boosts his WAGR status by 1,317 rankings to 2,451st.

 

Latvian twins record unique double

 

There are no new top 20 or 50 players this week, while Latvian twins Francis and Marlena deserve special mention. The 16 year olds didn’t have WAGR status when they arrived for the respective Latvian Junior Open Championships. Marlena Gavare, born one minute before her brother, won the women’s event before Francis Gavars triumphed an hour later in the men’s tournament. Francis takes his place on the WAGR table at 5,756th, while Marlena is now the world’s 3,129th player.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Canada’s David Tweddell soars 1,505 positions to 4,025th by winning the Canam & Manac St-Georges Classic at Club de Golf St-Georges in Quebec.

 

The Women

Performances of the week

Na doubles up in Maekyung Sollago

 

Eunseo Na reaches a personal best position of 158th on the World Amateur Golf Ranking® with a 115-place jump after her second straight win. The Korean added the 25th Maekyung Sollago Cup Amateur Golf Championship to victory in the Song Am Cup in her previous start. Na posted rounds of 68, 65 and 69 at Sollago Country Club for a 202 aggregate and a one-shot victory.

 

Hoshikawa wins Collegiate Championship

 

Japanese player Hinano Hoshikawa moves back inside the top 85 following victory in the Japan Collegiate Championship at Aichi Country Club. She took the title by two shots thanks to a 214 total following scores of 69, 72 and 73. She is 11 places better off in 83rd.

 

Stein laps Saint Germain field

 

Pauline Stein of France returns to the top 500 after lapping the field to win the Grand Prix de Saint Germain. She raced to a nine-shot win with scores of 66, 72 and 71 for a 209 total. She jumps 59 spots to 496th.

 

Top 20 movers

 

Scotland’s Hannah Darling joins the top 20 for the first time. The reigning Girls Amateur champion, a member of the recent Great Britain & Ireland Curtis Cup team, moves six places to 19th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Darling’s Curtis Cup team mate Caley Mcginty is one of three new top 50 players. The English player advances four positions to a high of 49th. Yuka Nii of Japan also reaches a personal best ranking. Second place in the SAN-IN GOENMUSUBI Ladies event on the Japan LPGA Tour sees her advance 127 places to 43rd. Valery Plata enhances her status as Colombian number one with a three-ranking rise to 48th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Marit Harryvan of The Netherlands takes that honour. Victory in the Voorjaarswedstrijd tournament in her homeland takes her inside the top 1,000 for the first time with a jump of 1,184 spots to 912th.

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