The Men

Performances of the week

Consistency reaps dividends for Leal Montero

 

Gonzalo Leal Montero was a model of consistency over 72 holes of the Copa Andalucia at Atalya Golf Club in Estepona, Spain. The Seville resident, a student at the University of Iowa, returned four consecutive 68s for a 272 aggregate to take the title by six-shots. He is rewarded with a jump of 117 positions to 451st on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking®.

 

Opperman wins Free State Open

 

South Africa’s Dawid Opperman emerged triumphant in a playoff with countryman Christiaan Maas to win the Free State Open at Maccauvlei Golf Club. The pair tied on scores of 279 to separate themselves from the rest of the field. Opperman then got the better of fellow Pretoria Country Club member Maas. Opperman jumps 1,365 places to 2,273rd. Maas, who warmed up for the tournament by winning the National Order of Merit – inland NOom 1, makes a 56-ranking move to a personal best 321st.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Kai Komulainen of Australia takes that honour by soaring 1,763 spots to 3,239th, his highest status, after winning the Tasmanian Junior Masters. The victory came just three days after he won the Tasmanian Junior Amateur.

 

Komulainen won the Junior Masters title with rounds of 70, 70, 68 and 71 at Royal Hobart Golf Club for a 279 total and a one-shot victory over compatriot Michael Song, who jumps 1,368 rankings to 2,175.

 

It ended an excellent quartet of tournaments for Komulainen to kick off 2021. He also won the South Australia Junior Amateur Championship, and finished second in the South Australian Junior Masters. There are no new faces in either the top 20 or 50 this week.

The Women

Performances of the week

Pelaez becomes Spanish number one

 

Ana Pelaez replaces Carolina Lopez-Chacarra Coto as Spain’s number one player on the World Amateur Golf Ranking® by winning the Copa Andalucia. The Malaga resident returned scores of 70, 72, 67 and 69 at Guadalmina Golf Club to post a 278 aggregate. It gave her a five-shot victory over Lopez-Chacarra Coto and Ana Amalia Pina Ortega.

 

Pelaez, a University of South Carolina student, breaks into the world top 30 for the first time with a five-ranking jump to 27th. Lopez-Chacarra Coto drops one spot to 32nd. Ortega breaks into the top 400 by jumping 54 places to a personal best of 399th.

 

Lu and Son share North Island spoils

 

New Zealanders Vivian Lu and Yeonsoo Son reach WAGR® milestones after sharing victory in the North Island Under 19 championship at Riverside Golf Club near Hamilton. They were declared joint winners after recording matching final round 74s for 215 totals to win by a stroke. They attain their highest ranking positions as a result. Lu, who won last year’s South Island Stroke Play, moves 11 places to 254th. Son climbs 96 spots to 1,162nd.

 

Top 50 movers

 

England’s Annabell Fuller is the only new top 50 player in a week with no inroads into the top 20. The 2018 Curtis Cup player, the reigning English Women’s Open Amateur Stroke Play champion, moves one place 50th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Victory in the Gira de Menores 2 ensures Ximena Benites of Peru is the week’s most improved player. Benites recorded rounds of 74, 73 and 71 at the Country Club de Villa in Lima for a 218 tally and a two-shot victory. She reaches her highest WAGR® status with a jump of 520 rankings to 2,526th.

 

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