The Men

Performances of the week

Prieto hits high with Orange Bowl win

 

Nicholas Prieto jumps to his highest position on the World Amateur Golf Ranking® thanks to a brilliant start to his 2022 golf season. The Miami resident came from six shots off the lead starting the final round to win the Junior Orange Bowl International at the Biltmore Golf Course in Coral Gables, Florida. After opening with rounds of 73, 69 and 69, Prieto returned a 6-under 65 for an 8-under 276 to defeat overnight leader Jay Brooks by two shots. Prieto, who won the Florida Boys’ Junior Amateur Championship in July, climbs 358 positions to 743rd, while Brooks also attains a personal best ranking with a jump of 332 positions to 1,784th.

 

Enright earns WAGR status with Saguaro success

 

Carson Enright didn’t have a world ranking when he turned up to play in the Saguaro Amateur at Southern Dunes in Maricopa, Arizona. The Scottsdale resident made sure he left with one after running out a one-shot winner. The Oregon State student posted a 10-under 206 thanks to scores of 69, 68 and 69. He takes his place on the WAGR table at 4,406th.

 

Chartier brings in 2022 in style

 

Remi Chartier brought in the new year in style by successfully defending his New Year's Invitational title at St Petersburg Country Club in Florida. The Canadian became the 10th player in the tournament’s 96-year history to defend the title. Chartier, who attends East Tennessee State University, posted a 9-under 279 to tie for the lead with American Aidan Kramer. Chartier won at the first extra hole. He reaches a career high of 556th by advancing 112 places. Kramer is 244 spots better off in 1,175th, also a personal best.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

American Jimmy Dales is the week’s most improved player in a week with no new top 20 or 50 players. Dales jumps 1,962 rankings to 3,806th after finishing fourth in the Saguaro Amateur.

The Women

Performances of the week

Stone starts ’22 as she ended ‘21

 

Latanna Stone started her 2022 golf season the way she ended her 2021 campaign: with a win. Stone moved back inside the World Amateur Golf Ranking® top 50 when she ended 2021 with victory in the Dixie Women's Amateur. She rises higher up the world order after successfully defending the Women's Orlando International Amateur Championship at Orange County National.

 

The Louisiana State University student took the title by seven shots. She returned a pair of 67s before closing with a 70 for a 12-under-par 204. She makes a seven-ranking rise to 43rd, her highest WAGR position. 

 

McMyler joins LPGA greats with Sally win

 

Emma McMyler joined LPGA greats Patty Berg, Babe Zaharias, Cristie Kerr, Brooke Henderson, Lexi Thompson, Jessica Korda and Moriya Jutanugarn when she ran out a one-shot winner of The Sally. The San Antonio native posted a 1-under 287 total (72, 70, 70 and 75) at Oceanside Country Club in Ormond Beach, Florida. She jumps 84 rankings to a personal best of 226th.

 

Zeng strengthens number three status

 

Liqi Zeng also achieves her highest WAGR position thanks to victory in the China Amateur Golf Tour Finals at Yangjiang Lakefacing Golf Club. Zeng won by three shots with a 210 total courtesy of rounds of 73, 69 and 69. She strengthens her status as China’s number three player by advancing seven spots to 36th.

 

Top 20 movers

 

American Megha Ganne edges up one spot to 20th, one place outside her high of 19th.

 

Top 50 movers

 

Australian Kirsten Rudgeley makes her initial move inside the top 50. The reigning English Women’s Amateur and Helen Holm Scottish Women’s Open champion makes a two-ranking move to 49th.

 

Biggest ranking improvement

 

Sophia Lin of Taipei joins the top 1,000 for the first time with a jump of 664 positions to 928th after finishing 74th in the 2022 Hitachi Ladies Classic on the Taipei LPGA Tour.

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