Vanessa Ha gained 141 spots in the world rankings and finds herself at No. 8 in Canada after claiming her first career title at the Rose City Collegiate. The sophomore from Montreal equalled her career-best with a final round 68 to help the University of San Francisco Dons overcome a first-stroke deficit on the back nine and capture the team title as well with a record final score.
Fresh off her first collegiate victory, Jessica Ip climbed 196 spots in the world rankings to move into the top 10 this week. The sophomore from Richmond Hill, Ont., who is ranked 15th in the United States individually by Golfweek, finished tied for 15th at the Johnie Imes Invitational.
Kennedy Bodfield moved back into the top 20, gaining 43 spots to sit at No. 15 in Canada after finishing in a tie for 20th at the ORU Shootout. The sophomore from St. Catharines, Ont. helped McNeese State to its second top-5 result in as many tournaments this fall.
Rachel Pollock, a junior out of Guelph, Ont. who plays her collegiate golf at East Tennessee State, makes her top 20 debut at No. 20 after gaining two places in the world rankings.
Blair Hamilton regains No. 1 men’s amateur ranking in Canada, ending Jared du Toit’s three week reign at the top. Hamilton gained a spot in the world rankings after finishing in a for 12th at the Graeme McDowell Shoal Creek Invitational.
Stuart Macdonald jumped back into the top 10 with a four place gain in the world rankings after finishing in a tie for third at the Windon Memorial. The senior from Vancouver, B.C., was one of four Purdue players to post a round in the 60s on the second day of the event – the first time that’s ever happened in school history. He led the field for most of the final day before a pair of bogeys down the stretch dropped him to third, which is the best finish of his career. Macdonald’s play helped Purdue capture its first team title since 2011.
Outside the top 10, some major gains were made by Andrew Harrison and Brian Jung. Harrison jumped 437 spots after finishing in a tie for ninth at the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate in Washington State. The first year player from Camrose, Alta., who plays his collegiate golf at UBC, also recorded a hole-in-one during Sunday’s practice round. He makes his top 20 debut at No. 15 in the Canadian rankings.
Jung, a senior from Coquitlam, B.C., finished in a tie for fourth at the same tournament while playing as an individual out of Oregon State. It’s his best result since finishing second at the Husky Invitational, which he also achieved playing as an individual. He jumps into the top 20 at No. 19 after gaining 122 spots in the world rankings.
David Hearn has ascended to the top spot in the Canadian rankings after Graham DeLaet slipped three places in the latest World Golf Rankings. At No. 109 in the world, Hearn is one spot higher than his Canadian compatriot. It’s the first time since October of 2011 that the Brantford, Ont. golfer has been atop the Canadian rankings. Hearn is coming off a solid 2015 season which saw him record three top-10 results including a runner-up finish at The Greenbrier Classic, a third place result at the RBC Canadian Open and he advanced through three of the four rounds of the FedEx Cup Championship.
The only other significant move in the rankings came outside the top 10 as Wilson Bateman vaulted up 745 spots in the world after winning the Abierto de Chile event on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica Tour. It was the second career professional win for the Edmonton native, who became the fourth youngest winner in Tour history at the age of 22 and the first Canadian to win on the South American development circuit. The win moved Bateman from No. 31 in Canada all the way up to No. 16. He also sits No. 8 on the Latinoamerica Tour’s Order of Merit and he plans to play in the remaining six tournaments in hopes of getting up in the top five for a chance to earn promotion to the Web.com Tour.
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