The Men

Performances of the week

Brennan doubles up at Colonial

 

Like women’s world number one Rose Zhang, Michael Brennan has opened his college career with consecutive victories. Joint winner of last week’s Old Town Club Collegiate with England’s Alex Fitzpatrick, the Wake Forest student was the only player in the field to break 70 for all three rounds to win the Colonial Collegiate Invite at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. His 11-under 199 (65, 69 and 65) helped him to a 6-shot win. Brennan began college life ranked 66th on the World Amateur Golf Ranking®. The American is now the world’s 32nd best player thanks to a 23-ranking rise to a career high 32nd.

 

Long goes wire to wire at Blessings

 

Luke Long of the United States jumps 147 places to 179th with a wire-to-wire victory in the Blessings Intercollegiate at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  Long, who attends the University of Arkansas, took the first round lead with a 67, kept it with a another 67, before adding a 71 to post an 11-under-par 205 for a three-shot win.

 

Manke channels his Fighting Spirit

 

U.S. player RJ Manke moves into the top 20 for the first time with an impressive victory in the Fighting Irish Classic. The U.S. player opened with a pair of 67s at Warren Golf Course in South Bend, Indiana before adding a 6-under par 64 for a 12-under 198 and a one-shot victory. The University of Washington player moves to 19th, an 11-ranking rise

 

Top 20 movers

 

Michael Thorbjornsen joins fellow American Manke in the top 20 with an eight-ranking rise to 15th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Mateo Fernandez de Oliveira of Argentina takes his place in the top 50 alongside Brennan by jumping 11 spots to 42nd.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Victory in the Tom Tontimonia Invitational and a 1,545-place jump to 4,446th makes American Kasey Lilly the week’s most improved player.

The Women

Performances of the week

Zhang goes two for two

 

Rose Zhang looks like dominating college golf the way she’s dominated the World Amateur Golf Ranking®. The top ranked player, winner of the Mark H. McCormack Medal as leading woman amateur this year and last, has started her first year at Stanford University with consecutive victories. Zhang added the Windy City Collegiate Classic at Westmoreland Country Club in Wilmette, Illinois to the Molly Collegiate Invitational she won on her debut. Rounds of 72, 70 and 70 gave Zhang a 4-under 212 total and a one-shot victory. She strengthens her points lead to 128.71 over fellow American Rachel Heck.

 

Brooke blooms in Blessings

 

Brooke Matthews of the United States climbs four rankings to 14th following a four-shot triumph in the Blessings Intercollegiate. Matthews, a University of Arkansas student, was the only player to finish under par at Blessings Golf Club in Fayetteville, Arkansas with scores of 72, 66 and 74 for a 4-under 212 aggregate.

 

Piddon sets records at Evie Odom

 

Thailand’s Tunrada Piddon moves to 114th, a 30-ranking jump, by winning the Evie Odom Invitational. The UCF student set records with a 10-under-par 200 after sandwiching a second-round 66 between a pair of 67s. She broke the UCF 54-hole record by three shots, and set a new 54-hole record at Princess Anne Country Club in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Piddon won by five shots.

 

Top 20 movers

 

Japanese players Amiyu Ozeki and Haruka Kawasaki join the top 20 thanks to joint 11th place finishes in the Japan Women’s Open Golf Championship. Ozeki climbs 22 places to 12th, while Kawasaki makes a 19-ranking rise to 17th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

The top 50 welcomes another two Japanese amateurs who excelled in the Japan Women’s Open. Rio Takeda placed seventh and soars 617 spots to 45th, while Miyu Sato was 76th and makes a jump of 307 rankings to 47th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

A Japanese player takes the plaudits for best move of the week thanks to her performance in the Japan Women’s Open. Mitsuki Kobayashi finished 24th and the practically halves her previous status, pushing 1,424 positions up the WAGR table to 1,443rd

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