By: Golf Canada - Week of April 20th, 2015.
Two months after formally announcing her decision to turn pro, Augusta James picked up her first win as a professional, winning the Symetra Tour event in Fort Myers, Florida. The former NC State player, making just her fourth start on the tour after starting the year without any status, won by four strokes. The victory was worth $22,500 which vaulted her into top spot on the money list, putting her in a solid position to earn an LPGA Tour card for 2016. It also saw her debut in the weekly rankings, slotting in at No. 8 in Canada and No. 556 in the Rolex World Rankings. The victory for the defending Canadian Women’s Amateur champion and former Team Canada National Team Member came just one week after the Masters – the tournament whose course she is named after.
Also at the same event, Samantha Richdale and Maude-Aimee Leblanc both finished tied for fourth. The result was worth an 82 spot gain for Richdale and a 14 place boost for Leblanc – the two biggest movers of the week. Richdale moved up to No. 12 in the Canadian rankings.
James’ win further continued what has been a strong start to the Symetra Tour season by Canadians. Sue Kim of Langley, B.C. won the last event and is fourth on the money list while four of the top 10 and five of the top 12 on the money list are Canadians.
On the amateur side, top ranked Maddie Szeryk finished second behind Texas A&M teammate Bianca Fabrizio at the SEC Championship. The result moved the Team Canada freshman up 26 spots to a career best No. 34 in the world. It was the fifth straight tournament in which she has finished in the top-10 and, coupled with her teammates win, it was one of the highest finishes ever by a Texas A&M player at the tournament.
Josee Doyon made the biggest move of the week among the top 10 women, climbing 53 spots and breaking into the top 100 in the world for the first time in her career following her win at the Lady Buckeye Invitational. It was the second straight tournament title for the junior from Beauceville, Que., who was named the MAC Women’s Golfer of the Week for the second consecutive week. The victory also moved her up to No. 3 in Canada.
Elizabeth Tong moved up 39 spots and up to No. 5 in the Canadian rankings after finishing runner-up to Doyon. Her first round 68 equalled a career best while the second place finish was her second straight top-five placing and best result of the season. The senior at Indiana was also named the Big 10 Golfer of the Week for the third time in her collegiate career.
Megan Osland of Kelowna, B.C. gained 19 spots after finishing in a tie for 13th at the Silverado Showdown. The senior at San Jose State now has seven top-20 finishes this year.
On the men’s side, No. 4 ranked Jared du Toit climbed 32 spots in the world rankings after finishing tied for seventh at the Hawkeye-Great River Entertainment event. The sophomore from Kimberley, B.C. helped the Idaho Vandals to a second straight runner-up finish as they close out the regular season and prepare to play in the Big Sky Championship.
Eric Banks finished tied for 23rd at the SEC Championship which was good for a five spot gain in the world rankings. It was the fifth top-25 result of the year for the senior from Truro, N.S., who sits No. 5 in Canada.
Rounding out the top 10 is Branson Ferrier of Barrie, Ont., who climbed 96 spots to jump up to No. 9 in the Canadian rankings.
Outside the top 10, the biggest move of the week was by Alastair Tidcombe, who vaulted 421 spots and into the top 20 at No. 17 after finishing tied for third at the NAIA Southern States Athletic Conference Championship. The senior from Wolfville, N.S., who previously played at the University of British Columbia, fired a final round 64 which was the lowest actual number ever posted by a Coastal Georgia player in competition. It was his seventh top-10 result in eight tournaments and earned him All-Tournament team honours as well as the SSAC Newcomer of the Year award.
Luke Moser from Waterloo, Ont. moved into the top 20 with a 160 spot gain, leaving him at No. 12 in the Canadian rankings.
A couple of honourable mentions this week to Conner Watt and Jack Sedgewick. Watt, a freshman from Mississauga, Ont., who plays at Division II Darton State College, picked up his second straight win, taking the NJCAA Region 17 Championship by 33 strokes. The victory helped him move up 99 spots in the world amateur rankings.
Sedgewick, a senior from Newmarket, Ont. who plays at Binghamton University, makes his debut in the amateur rankings after capturing medalist honours at the Rutherford Intercollegiate by winning a one hole playoff.
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