The Men

Performances of the week

Hammer warms up for Walker Cup with win

 

Cole Hammer gave himself the perfect tune up for his second appearance in the Walker Cup at Seminole this week by winning the Big 12 Men's Championship. The former World Amateur Golf Ranking® number one player took the title by one shot over Walker Cup teammate Quade Cummins thanks to an outstanding final 36 holes. The University of Texas player opened with a level par 70, added a 74, and then finished with rounds of 65 and 67 for a 4-under 276 aggregate.

 

Hammer moves four positions to 14th. Cummins, who attends the University of Oklahoma, makes a one-place rise to 16th.

 

Reeves survives playoff to reach best ranking

 

Brad Reeves achieves his highest position after winning the PAC 12 Men’s Golf Championship in a two-hole playoff over fellow American Henry Shimp after they returned matching 16-under 272 scores over Mayacama Golf Club in Santa Rosa, California. University of Arizona student Reeves jumps 61 spots to 84th. Shimp, a Stanford player, swaps the 435th ranking for the 300th position.

 

Amateurs finish one-two on China Tour

 

Wenyi Ding and Peicheng Chen didn’t give the professionals much respect in the Boao Classic on the China Tour. They finished first and second. Ding returned three 67s to go with a third round 64 to post 265. Chen was four shots further back, one stroke ahead of third spot. Ding jumps 26 places to 43rd, while Chen advances 116 spots to 473rd. They also jump up the Official World Golf Ranking.  Ding moves 360 rankings to 456th. Chen soars 1,002 positions to 849th.

 

Top 20 movers

 

Sam Bennett of the United States edges up one place to 20th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Americans Dan Erickson and Nicholas Gabrelcik move to 47th and 48th on the WAGR® table with respective moves of five and three positions.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Ryan Peterson takes that bauble. The U.S. player jumps 1,329 spots to world number 4,587 following victory in the UMAC Golf Championships in the United States.

The Women

Performances of the week

Iwai excels among professionals to join top 15

 

Akie Iwai didn’t look out of place among Japan’s top professionals in the Panasonic Open Ladies Golf Tournament at Hamano Golf Club in Chiba. Making just her second start of the season, Iwai came within one shot of upstaging the professionals. She missed out on a playoff with Momoko Ueda and Momoko Osato by a stroke after posting a 4-under 212 total following rounds of 72, 67 and 73.

 

Ueda won the tournament, while Iwai moves inside the World Amateur Golf Ranking® top 15 for the first time with a jump of 40 places to 13th. She becomes Japan’s second highest ranked player, one place behind 12th ranked Tsubasa Kajitani.

 

Other amateurs making the cut included Miyu Abe (T42), Hanane Nagashima (T51) and Hinano Muguruma (T53). Abe advances eight places to 42nd. Nagashima is 732 positions better off in 1,818th. Muguruma moves to 50th from last week’s position of 56th.

 

Toscano stands tall at Summit

 

Teresa Toscano handled the tough winds that swept across Sand Creek Golf Station in Newton, Kansas to win the Summit League Women's Championship, her fifth win of the Spring season for South Dakota State University. The native of Huelva, Spain returned scores of 75, 75 and 74 for an 8-over 224 total and a two-shot win. She also reaches her highest WAGR® position by climbing 16 places to 142nd.

 

Top 20 movers

 

Iwai is the only new face in this week’s top 20

 

Top 50 movers

 

Muguruma’s climb of six rankings to 50th makes her the sole new top 50 player.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Nagashima completes the Japanese trifecta. Her 732-ranking leap to 1,818th is the week’s biggest move.

 

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