The Men

Performances of the week

Moldovan makes record move into top 60


A record-breaking victory in the Southern Amateur Championship at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point, Mississippi takes Maxwell Moldovan back inside the World Amateur Golf Ranking® top 60. Rounds of 64, 68, 65 and 67 gave the Uniontown, Ohio resident a 20-under-par 264 aggregate and a five-shot victory. His winning tally was six shots better than the score 1997 Open champion Justin Leonard posted in 1993. The victory sees the Ohio State university student jump 41 rankings to 58th.


Dutch delight in Belgium


Dutch golfer Bob Geurts just got better as the Belgian International Amateur Championship & National Stroke Play Championship progressed. He improved each round with scores of 71, 69 and 68 at Hulencourt Golf Club in Genappe, Belgium to eke out a one-shot winner over countryman Floris Veth with a 208 aggregate. Geurts advances 30 positions to a personal best of 115th, while Veth is 1,034 places better off in 2,379th.


Surratt wins for third time


Caleb Surratt reaches a career-high 254th after his third win of the year. The North Carolina native added the Boy's Junior PGA Championship to the Western Junior Championship and Terra Cotta Invitational victories he has already chalked up this year. His 16-under 268 tally thanks to rounds of 69, 67, 62 and 70 at Kearney Hill Golf Links in Lexington, Kentucky, gave him a three-shot victory. He climbs 69 rankings.


Top 20 movers


England’s Jack Cope, who won the St Andrews Links Trophy earlier this year, breaks into the top 20 for the first time by moving one place to 20th.


Top 50 movers


James Hydes of New Zealand also makes a significant move. He becomes the 49th ranked player with a two-ranking move, his first appearance in the top 50.


Biggest ranking improvement


Victory in the Hillerod Pokalen event in his homeland makes Denmark’s Nicklas Smith Molholm the biggest mover. He soars 1,843 positions to a high of 4077th.

The Women

Performances of the week

Kim joins top 20 with North & South win


American Gina Kim takes her first step into the World Amateur Golf Ranking® top 20 by winning the North & South Women's Amateur Championship at Pinehurst. Kim, who attends Duke University, defeated countrywoman Anna Morgan 3 &1 over the famed Number 2 course to make a three-ranking jump to 20th. Morgan is 59 places better off in 123rd as consolation for her runner-up finish.


Zhang strengthens number one status


Rose Zhang lived up to her world number one status when she ran out a 6&4 winner over Bailey Davis in the final of the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Zhang now possesses two USGA titles, adding the U.S. Girls' Junior to the  U.S. Women’s Amateur she won last year. She becomes the eighth player to win both events, but the only one to make the U.S. Women’s the first of the two victories. The Irvine, California resident now has a 107.91 points lead over fellow American Rachel Heck. Davis climbs 289 places to a high of 663rd.


Hwang becomes Korean number one


Youmin Hwang becomes Korea’s number one player after her second straight victory.  Hwang became the world’s 19th best player last week when she won the Korean Women’s Amateur. She moves five places to 14th this week, a new high, with victory in the Bitgoeuljungheung Cup in her homeland. Hwang leapfrogs 18th-ranked Bang Shin Sil to become Korea’s top player.


Top 20 movers


Gina Kim is the only new top 20 player this week. There are no new top 50 entries.


Biggest ranking improvement


Victory in the Dutch International Junior Open makes Rosanne Boere the biggest mover. She added the title to the Under-15 Stroke Play trophy she won in her homeland last year. She reaches a high of 764th with a 707-ranking move.

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