The Men

Performances of the week

Wessels joins WAGR table in style

 

South Africa’s Jordan Wessels didn’t have any status on the World Amateur Golf Ranking® when he turned up for the Bobby Locke Invitational at Parkview Golf Club in Johannesburg. He made sure he left with one by winning the trophy by a shot over five players. A birdie on his final hole for a second consecutive 1-under 71 saw the Mooinooi Golf Club member finish on 2-under 142. He joins the WAGR table in 4,950th position.

 

Singh doubles up in Eastern India Amateur

 

Yuvraj Singh earned his second victory in a row when he won the Eastern India Amateur Championship at Royal Calcutta Golf Club. Singh defeated Shaurya Bhattacharya in the match play final to add the title to his triumph in the previous week’s Jharkhand Amateur Championship. Both players move to new WAGR table highs. Singh jumps 436 positions to 679th, while Bhattacharya is 72 spots better off in 346th.

 

Edwards-Hill races to Grand Prix win

 

Arron Edwards-Hill climbs 29 places to 286th with victory in the Grand Prix de Moliets at Golf de Moliets in South West France. The England international posted a 210 total (72, 67 and 71) to win by three shots.

 

Top 20 movers

 

American Ryan Hall re-joins the top 20 with a two-ranking move to 20th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Taiga Semikawa of Japan is back in the top half century after edging up one place to 50th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Victory in the Jamaican Open sees Justin Burrowes jump 1,219 positions to world number 1,271. Burrowes began the final round six shots off the lead of fellow countryman William Knibbs at The Tryall Golf. However, after two consecutive rounds of 74, Burrowes posted a 69 to Knibbs’s 82 to take the title. Knibbs’s consolation is a 777-ranking jump to 3,033rd.

The Women

Performances of the week

Plata makes golf history

 

Whatever else Valery Plata achieves in golf, she will go down in history as the inaugural winner of the Women’s Amateur Latin America Championship presented by The R&A and ANNIKA Foundation. The Columbian number one edged out compatriot Maria Jose Marin Negrete by one shot at Pilar Golf Club in Buenos Aires. They made the championship a two-horse race: they were the only two players to finish under par.

 

Plata began the final round two shots behind Marin Negrete, but posted a 71 to Marin Negrete’s 74 to post a 12-under 276 total. Plata, a Michigan State student, receives exemptions into the AIG Women’s Open, the Amundi Evian Championship, the Women’s Amateur Championship and the Hilton Grand Vacations ANNIKA Invitational presented by Rolex in 2022. She makes an eight ranking move to 52nd on the World Amateur Golf Ranking®. Marin Negrete attains a personal best ranking, advancing 31 positions to 106th.

 

Huang dominates High School Championship

 

Ting-Hsuan Huang of Taipei also reaches her highest WAGR position with a 16-spot move to 150th following a runaway victory in the National Senior High Championship (U18) in her homeland. Huang won by 30 shots after rounds of 67, 70, 68 and 68 for a 273 aggregate.

 

Top 20 movers

 

American Megha Ganne, who placed 14th in this year’s U.S. Women’s Open, makes her initial move into the top 20 by advancing three places to 19th. Lei Ye of China joins her by pushing up one place to 20th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Four players move into top 50. China’s Liqi Zeng and Megan Schofill of the United States fill the respective 47th and 48th positions with four-ranking moves. Japan’s Hinano Hoshikawa is five spots better off in 49th, while Natasha Andrea Oon of Malaysia takes over 50th place with a three-ranking move.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Japan’s Seri Yuasa breaks into the top 1,000 for the first time. She jumps 1,353 positions to 970th following a 30th place finish among the professionals in the 40th DAIO PAPER elleair Ladies Open on the Japan LPGA Tour.

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