A significant change atop the Canadian men’s amateur rankings as Austin Connelly, who was ranked 18th in the world, has decided to forego joining the University of Arkansas next season in favour of turning pro at the upcoming Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada event in Kingston, Ontario. That decision moved Blair Hamilton into top spot in the Canadian rankings, followed closely by Jared du Toit.
Garrett Rank gained 238 spots in world rankings, moving from No. 10 all the way up to No. 5. After finishing tied for 36th in stroke play at the U.S Amateur Championship, the golfer from Elmira, Ont. fell in the first round of match play, 3 & 2.
Austin James gains 195 spots to move into the top 10, up from No. 17. The Charleston Southern junior finished tied for 14th in stroke play and advanced all the way to the quarter-finals of match play at the U.S. Amateur Championship before losing 2-down. James, brother of women’s tour pro Augusta James, was vying to become the second consecutive Canadian to reach the finals after Corey Conners did it last year.
Brad Fritsch picked up 94 spots after finishing in a tie for second at at Web.com Tour event. It was the best result of the season for the No. 6 ranked Canadian and only his fourth career runner-up finish. The result was also worth 7 world ranking points, his second best career payday.
Some significant movement outside the men’s top 10 this week. Taylor Pendrith, a former top ranked amateur in Canada, climbed 250 spots in the world rankings, going from No. 19 in Canada up to No. 12, after just missing out on his first career professional win. Pendrith lost in a playoff to Sam Ryder at the Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada event in Ottawa.
Riley Wheeldon jumped 106 spots up to No. 17 in Canada after a tie for fifth in Ottawa while another former top Canadian amateur, Corey Conners, gained 162 spots and climbed into the top 20 this week following a tie for 13th at the Web.com event. That was only his second world ranking points paying finish of the year.
Brooke Henderson, fresh off her maiden LPGA Tour win, didn’t lose any ground in the world rankings. She remains at No. 17 in the world after finishing in a tie for 23rd at the CP Canadian Women’s Open.
Alena Sharp moved up six spots in the world rankings after finishing tied for 47th at CP Canadian Women’s Open. Since the beginning of August, the Hamilton, Ont. golfer has gained 46 spots in the world rankings.
Despite missing the cut at the CP Canadian Women’s Open, Golf Canada National Team member Maddie Szeryk climbed three places in the world rankings, which has at No. 34 in the world which equals a career best.
Meanwhile two of Canada’s best young female golfers bid farewell to the amateur ranks as Brittany Marchand and Jennifer Ha have elected to turn professional while Elizabeth Tong is also weighing her professional options. Of the three, however, only Marchand has managed to move on to the second stage of LPGA Q-School in October as she continues her quest for a Tour card this fall.
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