By: John Marchesan (Globe & Mail) – Week of July 28, 2014.
Augusta James moved up 25 spots in the world rankings following an impressive performance at the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship. The Bath, Ont. golfer won by six strokes which included setting a new women’s course record at Craigowan Golf and Country Club after carding a bogey-free 63, which was the lowest 18-hole score ever recorded in the 101-year history of the championship. With the win, James earned an exemption into the LPGA’s Canadian Pacific Women’s Open and the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship.
The Canadian Amateur also proved to be an important event for several other players this past week. Elizabeth Tong climbed 71 spots after finishing in a tie for 15th. She came into the event having recorded four top-10 results since the end of the NCAA season. Valerie Tanguay moved up 52 spots after finishing tied for 26th, while Megan Osland gained 24 spots with her eighth place finish.
Taylor Pendrith relinquished the No. 1 ranking in Canada to teammate Corey Conners, despite being the only amateur to make the cut at the RBC Canadian Open. While the PGA event offered a better strength of field when it comes to the rankings, his tie for 43rd was worth 45 ranking points whereas a year ago at this same time, he was winning the Porter Cup which was worth 86 ranking points which helps explain his 23-spot drop in the world rankings this past week.
Garrett Rank climbed 13 spots in the world rankings and back into the top five in Canada after finishing tied for 18th at the Porter Cup. A final round of 68 vaulting the Elmira, Ont. golfer up the leaderboard.
At the same event, Stephane Dubois finished in a tie for 13th which was good for a 51 spot jump and up to No. 8 in Canada.
Raoul Menard closed out his amateur career in Quebec by winning the one tournament he needed to complete Quebec’s Triple Crown. Menard led from start to finish to win the Quebec amateur title by 11 strokes. He was the only golfer in the field to play all four rounds under par. Going into his senior season at the University of Charlotte, Menard is expected to turn pro next spring.
Tony Gil was among the big movers of the week inside the top 20, climbing 36 spots following his performance at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. After finishing tied for ninth during the stroke play portion of the event, he entered match play as the 11th seed. Gil won his opening match before falling 5 & 3 to Andy Zhang of China in the round of 16.
Brad Fritsch picked up 30 spots in the world rankings after finishing tied for ninth at the RBC Canadian Open. The Ottawa golfer said he felt like he was playing with house money on the weekend, noting that he needed to make a 30-foot birdie putt on Friday just to make the cut on the number. It’s only his second top-10 result of the year and his first since January.
Graham DeLaet picked up three spots in the rankings after finishing as the top Canadian at the RBC Canadian Open. His tie for seventh was the best result by a home grown players since Adam Hadwin finished in a tie for fourth back in 2011. The Weyburn, Sask. golfer has chalked up seven top-10 results on the PGA Tour this year, which equals his career best set last year.
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