Performance of the week
Collyer doubles up in Dunes
Blake Collyer certainly likes the Dunes Golf Club in Rye, Australia. He’s just successfully defended the Dunes Medal he won last year.
Collyer took the title for the second straight year thanks to a third round 5-under 67 after posting level par 72s over the first two rounds. A closing 71 gave him a 6-under 282 total, and a five-shot victory over Konrad Ciupek.
The Dunes medal is Collyer’s second win of the year following the W.E. Cole Cotton States Invitational in July. No surprise then that the resident of Kew near Melbourne rises to his highest position on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM. He jumps 32 places to 178th. Ciupek is 132 spots better off in 1,459th.
Nel’s consistency pays off
South Africa’s Therion Nel was a model of consistency in winning the Harry Oppenheimer Trophy at Maccauvlei Golf Club in Vereeniging, South Africa. Nel was the only player to return four sub 70 scores (68, 69, 69 and 67) to post a 273 total. It was good enough for a three-shot victory over Kyle De Beer. Wilco Nienaber, who topped 36-hole qualifying in this year’s Amateur Championship, finished joint third with Jayden Schaper on 278.
Nel jumps 43 places to 699th. De Beer advances 100 positions to 816th. Nienaber strengthens his grasp on the 125th ranking, while Schaper moves to 379th from 400th.
Biggest ranking improvement
Colombia’s Simon Correa makes the biggest move of the week. He improves his status by 1,585 rankings to 2,916th by winning the Campeonato Nacional Juvenil Match Play in his homeland.
Performances of the week
Kim recovers from slow start to win Dunes Medal
A slow start did not deter Grace Kim from winning the Dunes Medal at the Dunes Golf Club in Rye, Australia. Kim opened with a 78 before adding rounds of 72, 69 and 73 for a 4-over 292 total and a two-shot victory over Rose Zheng of New Zealand.
It is Kim’s third victory in her last three starts following the Federal Women’s Amateur Open, and taking the gold medal in the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. She also has two second place finishes this year in the Australian Girls’ Amateur and Avondale Medal.
Kim makes a three-ranking rise on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM to 86th, while Zheng moves 45 places to 867th.
Yen Wu continues winning ways
Chia Yen Wu is seven places better off at 137th on the WAGR table after an emphatic victory in the YEANGDER Amateur Classic Leg 2, her fourth victory of the year. The Taipei player took the title by eight shots after scores of 72, 75 and 70 gave her a 217 aggregate.
The win follows first place finishes this year in the Party Ladies Golfer Open, International Ladies Amateur, and Swinging Skirts Dream Cup. She also has seven other top 10 finishes, including two seconds.
It is Yen Wu’s highest WAGR position, and strengthens her status as Taipei’s third best player.
Biggest ranking improvement
Australian Isabelle Simpson gets the accolades for most improved player of the week. She jumps 547 rankings to world number 2,048 after finishing second in the Tasmanian Amateur Championship. It is Simpson’s second consecutive runner-up finish after the South Pacific Ladies Open Classic.