The Men

Performances of the week

Butler makes Auburn history


John Marshall Butler didn’t just get his first college victory when he won the Maui Jim Intercollegiate in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Louisville native made history. Butler’s 17-under 193 following scores of 66, 64 and 63 over Mirabel Golf Club set a record for lowest 54-hole total by an Auburn University player. Butler’s one-shot victory also sees him attain his highest position on the World Amateur Golf Ranking®. He jumps 47 places to 114th.


Lee returns to top 100


Walker Lee of the United States is back in the top 100 thanks to victory in the Marquette Intercollegiate in Hartford, Wisconsin. The Texas A&M student posted rounds of 66, 67 and 69 for a 14-under 202 aggregate to win by a stroke. Lee is 42 positions better off in 67th.


Gerard finally breaks through


Ryan Gerard finally won his first college golf tournament in his fifth year at the University of North Carolina with victory in the Rod Myers Invitational. The Raleigh, North Carolina resident birdied the 17th and 18th holes in the final round at Duke University Golf Club. Those two shots proved the winning margin. Gerard finished with a 68 after rounds of 67 and 66 for a 15 under 201 tally. He makes a 36-ranking rise to 117th.


Top 20 movers


China’s Wenyi Ding is the only new top 20 player. He edges up one spot to 20th.


Top 50 movers


Maximilian Steinlechner of Austria, RJ Manke of the United States and Belgian Adrien Dumont De Chassart all move into the top half century. Steinlechner gains 13 places to move to 40th. Manke is 16 positions higher in 48th. De Chassart makes a five-ranking rise to 50th.


Biggest ranking improvement


American Morgan Lofland takes that honour with a jump of 1,561 spots to 3,570th after a 20th place finish in the Rod Myers Invitational.


The Women

Performances of the week

Slater finishes top of the class


England’s Nicola Slater moves back inside the World Amateur Golf Ranking® top 1,000 after winning the first event of the 2021 R&A Student Tour Series – Scotland (Stirling International). The Stirling University student returned scores of 72 and 69 at the Fairmont, St Andrews to finish on 7-under 141. She bettered teammate Lorna McClymont by two shots. They led the Stirling first team to a five-shot victory over Stirling’s second team. Slater climbs 224 positions to 886th, while McClymont improves 32 places to 333rd.


Nasser conquers USA to break into top 800


Zulaikah Nasser of Malaysia also breaks into the top 1,000 for the first time by winning the USA Intercollegiate. The Sam Houston University student posted scores of 68, 66 and 67 over Magnolia Grove Crossing Golf Course in Mobile, Alabama for a 15-under 201 aggregate to run out two-shot winner. She jumps 292 spots to 779th.


Zhang makes it two out of three


China’s Yahui Zhang reaches a career high status of 181st, a 16-ranking rise, after victory in the China Amateur Golf Open Leg 7 in her homeland. Zhang’s 209 total after rounds of 68, 70 and 71 gave her a five-shot victory and her second win in her last three events.


Top 20 movers


Karen Fredgaard of Denmark makes a one ranking rise to 20th.


Top 50 movers


Japan’s Rin Yoshida also edges up one place. She takes over 50th position.


Biggest ranking improvement


Dutch player Noa Van Beek is the week’s most improved player with a 749-ranking jump to 1,022nd after finishing runner up among the professionals in the Dutch National Open Championship.


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