The Men

Performances of the week

Pettit enters top 20 with NCAA win

 

Turk Pettit of the United States breaks into the World Amateur Golf Ranking® for the first time following his individual victory in the NCAA D1 Championship. The Clemson student was the only player to shoot 70 or better in all four rounds at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Scores of 68, 67, 68 and 70 for a 7-under 273 gave him a one-shot victory over China’s Bo Jin of Oklahoma State.

 

Pettit reaches his best position on the WAGR® table with a move of 14 places to 19th. Jin breaks into the top 30 for the first time by climbing 24 rankings to 30th.

 

Cope breaks into top 30

 

Jack Cope earned the biggest win of his life when he survived a playoff to win the St Andrews Links Trophy. Cope defeated fellow Englishman Robin Williams and Scotland’s George Burns after the trio tied on 8-under 280. Cope jumps 143 places to enter the top 30 for the first time at 29th. Burns also reaches a career high position by improving 482 spots to 344th. Williams is 46 places better off in 153rd.

 

Hernandez wins Spanish Amateur

 

Alvaro Hernandez is the new Spanish Amateur champion after his victory in the Spanish Amateur at Royal Golf Club Guadalmina. Three consecutive 66s and a closing 70 gave Hernandez a 20-under 268 and a one-shot victory. He pushes 127 places up the WAGR® table to 364th.

 

Top 20 movers

 

Japan’s Taiga Sugihara joins Pettit in the top 20 with 17-ranking move to a high of 13th after placing third among the professionals in the JGTC Mori Building Cup Shishido Hills event on the Japan Golf Tour.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Three U.S. players join Cope and Bin in the top 50. Peter Fountain rises 9 spots to 43rd; Jackson Suber makes three-ranking move to 48th; while Ryggs Johnston is 40 places higher in 50th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Gustavo Rangel of Puerto Rico reaches a high of 1,717th with a 1,576-ranking jump by winning the Florida Junior Tour Doral Major.

The Women

Performances of the week

Ganne shines in U.S. Women’s Open

 

Megha Ganne proved yet again that the line between the world’s best amateurs and top professionals is razor thin. The seventeen-year-old New Jersey native played her way into the final group of the U.S. Women’s Open after scores of 67, 71 and 72, and captured the hearts of the galleries at the Olympic Club in San Francisco. A closing 77 saw her finish joint 14th to beat out Sweden’s Maja Stark, and fellow Americans Rachel Heck and Gurleen Kaur for low amateur honours.

 

Ganne jumps 41 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking® to a career high of 30th. Stark finished a stroke behind Ganne in T16, and makes a two-ranking rise to 5th, her highest position. Heck maintains her world number two status thanks to a T35 finish. Kaur breaks into the top 100 by moving 24 positions to 92nd after placing 66th.

 

Ortengren breaks into top 70

 

Meja Ortengren breaks into the top 70 for the first time thanks to a two-shot victory in the German Girls Open at Golf Club St Leon-Rot near Heidelberg. Rounds of 67, 70 and 70 gave Ortengren a 208 aggregate. She advances 24 places to 66th.

 

Goadby rules Scotland

 

Chloe Goadby climbs 37 rankings to 132nd after capturing the Scottish Women's Amateur Championship by defeating Tara MacTaggart 4&4 at Gullane. MacTaggart’s consolation is a jump of 744 places to 1,960th.

 

Top 20 movers

 

Former number one Yu-Chiang Hou moves one spot to 20th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Sara Kouskova of the Czech Republic and Scotland’s Hannah Darling join Ganne in the top 50. Kouskova rises 12 places to a personal best of 46th by winning the Amundi Czech Ladies Challenge. Darling improves 37 positions to 48th. Darling recently won the St Rule Trophy, and backed up that victory by reaching the semi-finals of the Scottish Women’s Amateur Championship.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

American Claire Choi is the most improved player with a jump of 1,181 rankings to 661st after a 91st placing in the U.S. Women’s Open.

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