BC’s Taylor And Macdonald Make Significant Moves In Canada’s Weekly Top 10 Golf Rankings
Abbotsford, BC's Nick Taylor (L) And Vancouver's Stuart Macdonald (R) Made Significant Moves In The World Golf Rankings This Past Week
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Back-to-back top-25 finishes has Nick Taylor climbing the world rankings. For the second straight week, the B.C. golfer picked up 17 places in the rankings after finishing tied for 22nd at the PGA TOUR's Valero Texas Open. That result was worth 2.13 world ranking points and marked his third straight tournament he’s recorded a points-paying finish.
Adam Hadwin, the top ranked Canadian pro, slipped a spot to No. 47 in the world after finishing in a tie for 72nd at the Valero Texas Open. The result snapped a streak of 12 consecutive points-paying finishes.
Other notable results: No. 3 Mackenzie Hughes and No. 4 David Hearn missed the cut at PGA TOUR's Valero Texas Open; No. 6 Brad Fritsch finished tied for 69th at the PGA TOUR's Valero Texas Open; No. 7 Corey Conners missed the cut at Web.com Tour United Leasing & Finance Championship; No. 8 Roger Sloan withdrew after the first round from the Web.com Tour United Leasing & Finance Championship; No. 10 Richard Lee missed the cut at Asian Tour/Japan Tour Panasonic Open;
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WOMEN’S TOP 10
With the LPGA Tour taking the week off, attention turned to the Symetra Tour.
Anne-Catherine Tanguay finished in a tie for fourth at the developmental tour’s stop in Florida. It was her third consecutive top five result and enabled the No. 4 ranked Canadian to climb nine places in the world rankings – one of only two positive gains among the Top-10. Tanguay now has top 10 finishes in all four Symetra Tour events this season.
Despite falling three places in the world rankings, Augusta James recorded her first top 10 result of the season, finishing in a tie for 8th at the Symetra event in Florida.
Christina Foster joins the Canadian rankings after finishing in a tie for eighth at the Symetra event. It’s her second tournament of the year on the development tour and her best career result to date. The Concord, Ont. golfer slots at No. 15 in Canada and debuts at No. 931 in the world.
Other Notable Results: No. 8 Brittany Marchand missed the cut at Symetra Tour event in Florida;
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MEN’S AMATEUR TOP 10
Stuart Macdonald made the biggest gain among the Top-10, picking up 60 places in the world ranking after winning medallist honours at the Peruvian International Amateur Championship. The National Team Squad member has gained over 100 places in the world rankings over the last two weeks and he climbed up to No. 6 in the Canadian rankings as a result of his performance.
Macdonald teamed with fellow B.C. golfer Lawren Rowe to win the team honour at the Peruvian event. The No. 4 ranked Rowe finished in a tie for third and picked up 21 spots in the world ranking as a result. (see article here )
Josh Whalen picked up nine places in the world ranking after finishing in a tie for ninth at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate. It was his sixth top-10 result for the Kent State senior this season.
Looking to defend his title at the at the Big South Championship, Austin James came up just a few strokes shy of recording his a third top-ten finish in four years, ending up tied for 16th.
Biggest move: Charles Fitzsimmons gained 297 spots in the world ranking after finishing in a tie for 17th at the Peruvian International Amateur Championship.
Complete World Amateur Golf Rankings can be found here.
WOMEN’S AMATEUR TOP 10
Championship week in women’s golf produced some top 10 performances among Canada’s top amateurs.
Maddie Szeryk, the top ranked amateur player in Canada, finished in a tie for fifth at the SEC Women’s Championship. It was her third straight top 10 at this event and the eighth top 10 of the season for the National Team Squad member, who is ranked No. 34 in the world.
Jaclyn Lee picked up eight places in the world rankings after finishing in a tie for fifth at the Big Ten Championship. The National Team Squad member was also named to the All-Big Ten Second Team for the first time in her collegiate career.
Vanessa Ha made the biggest gain among the Top 10, picking up 74 places after finishing in a tie for fourth at the West Coast Conference Championship. Ha has climbed 137 spots in the world rankings in last two weeks, enabling her to move up to No. 5 in Canada. She also picked up First Team conference honours for the second straight year. In seven events this season she recorded a team-best 74.1 stroke average and posted three top-10 finishes.
Jessica Ip climbed 31 spots in the world rankings after finishing in a tie for 12th at the Big Ten Championship.
Valerie Tanguay gained 32 spots in world rankings after finishing in a tie for ninth at the Big 12 Championship. That was the biggest movement among the Top-10 and helped the junior at the University of Oklahoma to climb up to No. 8 in Canada. Tanguay was also honoured with her second first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection.
Sabrine Garrison climbs back into the Top-10, replacing Sophie Liu who ascended to that spot a in last week’s rankings. Garrison finished in a tie for 31st at the Big 10 Championship
Biggest Move: Meghan Bennett of Pickering, Ont. gained 152 spots in the world rankings after finishing tied for 46th in her first ever C-USA Women’s Championship for Florida Atlantic University.
Complete World Amateur Golf Rankings can be found here.