The Men

Performance of the week

Lautee closes in on VIS dream

 

Australia’s Andre Lautee took a step closer to his dream of a place on the Victorian Institute of Sport’s elite programme by winning the Victorian Amateur Championship. The 19-year-old defeated Kyle Michel 2&1 in the 36-hole final.

 

Lautee arrived at Huntingdale Golf Club as the 835th best player on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM. Victory sees him jump 349 positions inside the world top 500 to 486th. Michel, already a VIS scholarship student, climbs 25 places to 116th.

 

David Micheluzzi moves two positions inside the top 10 to seventh after reaching the semi-finals. Fellow semi-finalist Ben Henkle soars 888 rankings to 2,846th.

 

Six of the best for Park

 

Brazilian Lucas JH Park picked up his sixth victory of the season by winning the IMG Academy Junior World Florida Challenge. Park won by four shots with rounds of 69, 68 and 71 for a 208 tally. He improves his status as Brazil’s fifth best amateur by climbing 81 rankings to his highest WAGR status of 1,392nd.

 

Top 20 movers

 

New Zealand’s Daniel Hillier is the only new top 20 player. He makes a one-ranking rise to 20th to lie just two spots off his highest WAGR status of 18th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Scotland’s Ryan Lumsden edges up one place to 50th. Lumsden, who is in his final year at Northwestern University, has been ranked as high as 46th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Yang Kuang of China takes that honour with a move of 1,135 rankings to 2,654 after winning the Volvo China Junior Match Play Championship. It is Kuang’s second victory of the season following the National Junior Championship in his homeland.

The Women

Performances of the week

 

Kim follows in Sorenstam’s footsteps

 

Grace Kim served further notice that she’s a player to pay attention to in 2019 with a performance legend Annika Sorenstam would have been proud of. Fitting, since it came in the inaugural ANNIKA Invitational Australasia. Kim sandwiched a 72 and final round 68 around a 10-under-par 62 to compile a 14-under 202 aggregate. She bettered Yuka Saso of the Philippines by three shots.

 

Kim’s 62 at Royal Wellington Golf Club in New Zealand was not only her lowest round, but set a record for lowest round in any ANNIKA Invitational event. Fitting, too, that Sorenstam was on hand to present the trophy.

 

It is Kim’s fourth victory in her last five events, a run that includes the gold medal in the Youth Olympic Games. She strengthens her hold on the 85th position on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM. Saso solidifies her status as world number 35.

 

Birdie spree earns Hinson-Tolchard Victoria crown

 

Australia’s Maddison Hinson-Tolchard reeled off five straight birdies to win the Victorian Women’s Amateur Championship. The 16-year-old Perth resident made birdies at the sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th holes in the afternoon round of 18 and went on to defeat Kirsten Rudgeley 5&4. Hinson-Tolchard jumps 174 places to 392nd. Rudgeley is 84 spots better off in 296th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

China’s Yu-Chiang Hou is the only player to break into the top 50 with an eight-ranking move to 50th. There are no new top 20 players.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Korea’s Min A Yoon is the week’s most improved player with a jump of 547 places to 1,042nd after reaching the semi-finals of the Victorian Women's Amateur.

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