After what has been a mostly difficult season, Graham DeLaet got a much needed result after finishing fourth at the Travelers Championship. It was only his third top-10 finish in 15 events this year and his highest finish since a tie for second at last year’s Phoenix Open. The result was also good for a 14 place gain in the world rankings. It also qualified the Weyburn, Sask., native for the upcoming British Open.
The biggest movement of the week came outside the top 10 as Lindsay Renolds climbed 278 spots after finishing second at the Asian Development Tour event. It equalled his career best result and was his third top-10 result of the season. Renolds climbed from No. 21 all the way up to No. 12 in the Canadian rankings.
Kevin Spooner of West Vancouver debuted at No. 15 in the Canadian rankings after capturing his first career win in only his seventh professional start at the Syncrude Boreal Open on the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada. After entering the week without status and only earning a spot in the field after a top-20 finish three weeks ago, Spooner went on to capture a marathon five-hole playoff win to become the first non-member to win on Tour since Max Gilbert in 2013. The victory saw him jump 850 spots in the world rankings.
On the women’s side, Brooke Henderson climbed another three places after finishing third at the Symetra Tour event. It was her first tournament as an official member of the tour after her first career win a week ago.
Rebecca Lee-Bentham, a former Canadian No. 1, climbed 20 spots after finishing in a tie for 52nd at the LPGA Tour’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship. It was her best result of the season after missing the cut in five of her last six events. That saw her jump from No. 5 up to No. 3 in Canada.
No. 7 Maude Aimee-Leblanc moved up 15 places in the world rankings after finishing in a tie for 10th at the Symetra Tour event.
Samantha Richdale of Kelowna, B.C. moved back into the top 10 after finishing second at the Symetra tournament, one stroke shy of capturing her first career victory. That result was good enough for a 219 spot gain in the rankings.
Anne-Catherine Tanguay climbed 152 places and moved up to No. 13 in Canada after finishing in a tie for seventh at the Symetra event. Tanguay had been the leader through two rounds of the event.
On the men’s amateur side, Golf Canada National Team member Austin Connelly finished in a tie for 37th at the Northeast Amateur Invitational. The top ranked Canadian gained one spot in the world rankings to move up to No. 12 in the world.
Also at the Northeast Amateur Invitational, Eric Banks finished in a tie for 18th to pick up 11 spots and up to No. 7 in the Canadian rankings.
Biggest gain of the week came from Alistair Docherty, who picked up 147 spots after winning the Oregon Amateur Championship in impressive fashion. The Saint John, N.B. junior who plays at Chico State rallied from being 5-down at one point through the opening 18 holes, eventually winning four of the last nine holes to claim the title. The result saw him move from No. 14 up to No. 9 in Canada.
Just outside the top 10, Austin James – the brother of Augusta James – climbed 21 spots after finishing in a tie for 12th at the Rice Planters Championship.
On the women’s side, Golf Canada National Team member Brittany Marchand moved up to No. 2 in the Canadian rankings after picking up 10 places in the world rankings while Leilani Kim moved back into the top 10.
Courtney Tolton of Mitchell, Ont., made her top-20 debut, climbing 12 places following her performance at the Toronto Star Women’s Amateur. She lost to eventual champion Stephanie Tucker in the semi-finals of match play. Tucker defeated Anna Kim in the final, 3 & 1, to become the first golfer to win the event two years in a row.
Honourable mention goes to Shelly Stouffer of Nanoose Bay, B.C., who makes her women’s amateur world rankings debut after capturing the B.C. Mid-Master Championship.
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