The Men

Performance of the week

Highsmith defies teammate to win Sahalee Players Championship

 

The 25th Sahalee Players Championship turned into a battle between two Pepperdine University students, as teammates Joe Highsmith and Sahith Theegala battled it out for the prestigious title. They were the only two players to finish under par for 72 holes, with Highsmith prevailing by two shots after rounds of 70, 68, 69 and 74 gave him a 7-under 281. Highsmith climbs 40 places to 128th on this week’s World Amateur Golf RankingTM. Theegala, the 2017 Sahalee Players champion, is ranked 68th.

 

Ejlersen crowned King of Denmark

 

Anders Emil Ejlersen advances 217 positions to 1,058th after winning the Danish International Amateur Championship. Ejlersen opened with scores of 72, 73 and 72 before separating himself from the rest of the field with a closing 66 for a 283 total. He triumphed by three shots over a trio that included Denmark’s top two players, 34th ranked Rasmus Neergaard-Petersen and world number 82 John Axelsen.

 

Top 20 movers

 

South Africa’s Jovan Rebula moves back into the top 20 this week. Rebula, winner of the 2018 Amateur Championship at Royal Aberdeen, edges up two spots to 20th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Wilco Nienaber of South Africa re-joins the world top 50 with a four-ranking rise to 50th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Finland’s Mikka Makinen is the week’s most improved player. He jumps 2,405 positions to world number 3,478, his highest WAGR status, after finishing runner-up in the Finnish Match Play. It was his second runner up placing in consecutive weeks after second in the Finnish Under 21 Stroke Play Championship.

The Women

Performances of the week

Thomsen improves number three status with Danish Amateur win

 

Puk Lyng Thomsen improves her status as Denmark’s number three player with victory in the Danish International Amateur Championship. Thomsen makes an 11-ranking rise to 190th on the World Amateur Golf RankingTM. The Florida State student has been as high as 13th on the WAGR table. Only 73rd ranked Amalie Leth-Nissen and world number 109 Karen Fredgaard are ahead of Thomsen on the Danish pecking order.

 

Williamson races to Grand Prix title

 

England’s Amelia Williamson looked out of the running to win the Grand Prix De Chiberta in France when she began the final round six shots off the lead. However, the 19-year-old member of Royal Cromer Golf Club in Norfolk returned a 5-under 65 to reach 277, 3-under. It gave her a three-shot victory. Williamson climbs 36 rankings to 418th.

 

Griffin wins Florida Stroke Play

 

Kendall Griffin saved her best for last to win the Florida Women's Amateur Stroke Play Championship. The Sebring, Florida resident returned a closing 70 after rounds of 75 and 72 to post a 217 aggregate and win by a shot. She moves 71 places to 564th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Amanda Sambach of the United States is the only new top 50 player in a week with no new top 20 entrants. Sambach, who won the Callaway Golf – Ollie Schniederjans Junior Classic in April, advances nine rankings to 46th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Mao Saigo of Japan is the biggest riser following a two-shot victory in the Japan’s Women’s Amateur Championship. Saigo returned scores of 64, 71, 69 and 68 for a 272 total. She climbs 807 positions to world number 2,440.

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