By: Golf Canada - Week of February 23rd, 2015.
Brett Hogan continued his climb up the men’s amateur world rankings, picking up 112 spots after finishing in a tie for 10th at the Bayou City Collegiate Championship. It was the third straight top-10 result for the junior out of Calgary who has gained 224 places over the last two weeks. That’s enabled him to move up to No. 8 in the Canadian rankings.
At the same tournament, Blair Hamilton of Burlington, Ont., finished in a tie for 13th. That moved the junior at Houston up to No. 6 in the Canadian rankings.
Making the third largest leap among the top 10 was Raoul Menard, who gained 74 spots after finishing in a three-way tie for second at Bayou City. The senior at Charlotte had a career-best round of 69 in the second round and his 211 tournament total was also a career low. He led the 87 man field with 17 birdies and capped off the week by being named the Conference USA Men’s Golfer of the Week for the second time in his career.
Jared du Toit from Kimberley, B.C., picked up 29 spots after finishing in a tie for 10th at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate. It was the second top-10 result of the season for the sophomore at Idaho.
Outside the top 10, Brian Jung moved up four spot to No. 15 from No. 19 in Canada after finishing in a tie for 34th at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate. The junior from Coquitlam, B.C. had a team-best nine birdies on his way to a 73 place gain in the world rankings.
On the ladies side, Elizabeth Tong picked up 45 spots after finishing in a tie for sixth at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic. It was her second top-10 result of the season for the senior from Thornhill, Ont.
Also at the same event, Josee Doyon gained 56 spots after finishing in a tie for 15th. The junior from St-Georges-de-Beauce, Que. was named the Mid-American Conference golfer of the Week for her efforts.
Taylor Kim finished tied for 27th at the Lady Puerto Rico which was good for a 22 place gain in the world rankings for the junior from Surrey, B.C.
Alina Rogers of Toronto gained 106 spots in the world rankings which moved her up to No. 14 in the Canadian rankings.
Leilani Kim picked up 29 spots after finishing in a tie for fourth at the Delta Gamma Challenge while helping the Vandals to victory in the spring opener. The senior and team captain from Surrey, B.C. shot her collegiate best round of 67 on the opening day and wound up one shot back of a three-way tie for medalist honours after the tournament was canceled after 36 holes because of freezing temperatures and high winds. She was named the Big Sky Conference Women’s Golfer of the Week for the second time in her collegiate career.
On the professional side, Graham DeLaet finished in a tie for eighth at the PGA’s Northern Trust Open, his second top 10 result in the last four weeks. That moved him up three spots in the world rankings to No. 61. He needs to be in the top 50 in the week before the Masters in order to earn an automatic invitation to Augusta.
Adam Hadwin of Abbotsford, B.C. finished in a tie for 22nd at the Northern Trust Open, which was good for 2.86 world ranking points and a four place gain. It was the second time in three weeks he’s scored world ranking points.
Mike Weir slipped 13 spots after he was forced to withdraw after seven holes of the second round of the Northern Trust Open with an elbow injury. It was the ninth withdrawl of his PGA Tour career.
Alena Sharp of Hamilton picked up 14 spots after finishing in a tie for 37th at the Australian Open, her best result in three LPGA Tour starts this year.
Maude-Aimee Leblanc of Sherbrooke, Que. gained 18 places after she finished tied for 7th at the opening Symetra Tour event of the year. That equalled her second-best career result on the developmental tour. Leblanc has said she plans to concentrate her efforts on playing the Symetra Tour in 2015 rather than bounce back and forth between it and trying to qualify for LPGA Tour events in hopes of getting her game back on track.
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