The Men

Performances of the week

Dobbelaar continues American conquest


Louis Dobbelaar continued his conquest of the United States when he added the North and South Amateur Championship to the Dogwood Invitational he won last month. It is his second win from three appearances in the United States. Dobbelaar, who won the Australian Men’s Amateur Championship in February, defeated American Jackson Van Paris at the first extra hole of the famed No. 2 Course at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club. The Australian jumps 16 spots on the World Amateur Golf Ranking® to a new high of 32nd. Pinehurst resident Van Paris advances 55 places to 118th .


Choi moves into top 15 with Maridoe win


Korea’s Sam Choi makes his initial move into the top 15 with a two-shot victory in the Maridoe Amateur Championship. Choi, who now makes his home in Anaheim, California, returned a 9-under 207 aggregate at Maridoe Golf Club in Carrollton, Texas thanks to rounds of 69, 66 and 72. He advances seven rankings to 14th.


Nakajima strengthens number one status


Keita Nakajima rode a second round 63 to win his national title, the Japan Amateur Championship, by three shots. He opened with a 72 and closed with a 71 for a 206 aggregate. Nakajima widens the gap between himself and world number two Pierceson Coody to strengthen his status as the world’s number one player.


Top 20 movers


American Dylan Menante, who recently won the Northeast Amateur Invitational, joins Choi in the top 20 by edging up two positions to 20th.


Top 50 movers


Luke Potter of the United States moves back into the top 50 with a six-ranking rise to 49th.


Biggest ranking improvement


Spaniard Joel Ramirez Martin takes that honour by soaring 1,511 places to 2,396th with victory in the Mediterranean Golf Championship at Torremirona Golf Club in North East Spain. He was a nine-shot winner with a 54-hole tally of 209.

The Women

Performances of the week

Rudgeley makes history in Helen Holm


Kirsten Rudgeley carved out a little piece of history by winning the Helen Holm Scottish Women’s Open: the native of Perth, Australia is the first player from Down Under to win the prestigious title. Rudgeley began the final round four shots off the lead but carded a 6-under-par 66 around Troon’s Portland course to go with earlier scores of 70 and 68 for a 12-under-par 204 total. She won by a shot over home favourite Hannah Darling. It is Rudgeley’s third win of the season, and takes her 53 places on the World Amateur Golf Ranking® to 113th. Darling moves 10 spots to 36th.


Hwang enters top 20 with Korean Am win


Youmin Hwang takes her place in the top 20 for the first time thanks to winning her national championship. Hwang won the Korean Amateur Champion just a week after finishing fourth among the professionals in the Korean Women’s Open Golf Championship. She makes a four-ranking rise to 19th.


Xu reigns in Southern California


Kelly Xu was simply peerless in winning the South California Golf Association Women's Amateur Championship. The native of Claremont, California was the only player to shoot 70 or better for three rounds at Mesa Verde Country Club, returning scores of 69, 68 and 70 for a 6-under 207 tally and a five-shot victory. She jumps 289 spots to 379th.


Top 20 movers


Hwang is the only new top 20 player.


Top 50 movers


Four players join this week’s half century. England’s Charlotte Heath is six spots better off in 46th, while American Latanna Stone, Carla Bernat Escuder of Spain and Italy’s Carolina Melgrati make respective climbs of five, six and four spots to 48th, 49th and 50th positions.


Biggest ranking improvement


Farah O'Keefe of the United States is the most improved player with a jump of 944 rankings to 2,137th after her recent runner-up finish in the VOA Classic Girls Championship.


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