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Taylor Pendrith (Golf Canada)
Taylor Pendrith (Golf Canada)

Big gains for amateur men in Canada’s Weekly Top 10 Add to ...

Canadians dominated the leaderboard at the Monroe Invitational which saw Kent State senior Taylor Pendrith hold off Team Canada teammates Adam Svensson and Garrett Rank. Pendrith started the final round tied with Rank but went eagle-birdie on Nos. 12 and 13 to forge ahead. Bogeys on two of his final three holes were not enough to deny him the victory, a two shot cushion over Svensson, who shot a final round 66 to finish one better than Rank. It was Pendrith’s second major amateur title in less than a year, having won the 2013 Porter Cup and continues a very successful season that saw him earn Co-Mid-American Conference Golfer of the Year honours.

The victory enabled Pendrith to climb 22 spots in the world rankings and take over second in the Canadian rankings from fellow Kent State teammate Corey Conners, who ended tied for 17th – one of seven Canadians who finished in the top 20 at the prestigious amateur event.

Svensson’s second place result saw him jump 13 spots to a career-high 15th in the world rankings, inside the top 20 for the first time in his amateur career.

Both Rank and Chris Hemmerich, who finished tied for fifth, each climbed 34 spots in the world rankings.

Stephane DuBois (T15) moved up 13 spots while Eric Banks (T17) jumped 53 places in the world rankings.

Blair Hamilton (T33) picked up 40 spots.

Outside the top 10, Aaron Cockerill climbed 106 spots in the world rankings, moving from 20th to No. 13 in Canada after making it all the way to the quarter-finals of the Manitoba Match Play Championship. Cockerill, who finished atop the leaderboard in the qualifier to nab the No. 1 seed, was the two-time defending champion at the event.

Canada’s top ranked female amateur, Brooke Henderson, tuned up for the U.S. Women’s Open championship by carding a bogey-free final round 62 to erase a nine shot deficit and claim the Women’s Porter Cup. The result keeps Henderson No. 3 in the world as she heads to Pinehurst No. 2 for her second LPGA major this year.

Jennifer Ha finished in a tie for second at the Porter Cup, picking up 11 places in the world rankings to get to a career-high No. 50 in the world.

NC State teammates Brittany Marchand and Augusta James both finished in a tie for fourth at the Porter Cup, giving Canada four of the top five placings. For Marchand, she picked up 10 places in the world rankings to move up to No. 4 in Canada. James picked up 12 spots in the world rankings.

On the professional side, Ashley Sholer of Hamilton, Ont. makes her debut in Canadian rankings, coming in at No. 633 in the world – No. 10 in Canada after she finished in a tie for third at the Symetra Tour event in Illinois. Back-to-back rounds of 70 gave her her first top-10 result of the season in 6 events on the LPGA development tour. It was her best career result and comes on the heels of a tie for 24th in her previous event. She went from No. 120 to No. 48 on the Tour’s money list.

MEN’S TOP 10

HOMETOWN

TOUR

WR

+ / –

1.

Graham DeLaet

Weyburn, SK

PGA

35

-3

2.

David Hearn

Brantford, ON

PGA

90

-1

3.

Mike Weir

Brights Grove, ON

PGA

244

+3

4.

Richard T Lee

Toronto, ON

ASIA

259

-3

5.

Brad Fritsch

Manotick, ON

PGA

340

-2

6.

Adam Hadwin

Abbotsford, BC

WEB

341

-2

7.

Mackenzie Hughes

Dundas, ON

WEB

647

-2

8.

Lindsay Renolds

Christina Lake, BC

ASIA

678

-7

9.

Nick Taylor

Abbotsford, BC

WEB

698

-6

10.

Eugene Wong

North Vancouver

PGAC

704

-11

WOMEN’S TOP 10

HOMETOWN

TOUR

WR

+ / –

1.

Alena Sharp

Hamilton, ON

LPGA

225

-1

2.

Rebecca Lee-Bentham

Richmond Hill, ON

LPGA

231

-

3.

Jennifer Kirby

Paris, ON

LPGA

299

+1

4.

Brooke Henderson

Smiths Falls, ON

-

308

-1

5.

Lorie Kane

Charlottetown, PE

LPGA

311

-2

6.

Sue Kim

Langley, BC

LPGA

388

-

7.

Maude-Aimee Leblanc

Sherbrooke, QC

SYMT

402

-2

8.

Sara-Maude Juneau

Fossambault, QC

SYMT

491

-7

9.

Samantha Richdale

Kelowna, BC

SYMT

579

-10

10.

Ashley Sholer

Hamilton, ON

SYMT

633

-

MEN’S AMATEUR TOP 10

HOMETOWN

SCHOOL

WR

+ / –

1.

Adam Svensson

Surrey, BC

Barry University

15

+13

2.

Taylor Pendrith

Richmond Hill, ON

Kent State

24

+22

3.

Corey Conners

Listowel, ON

Kent State

27

+2

4.

Kevin Carrigan

Victoria, BC

74

+11

5.

Garrett Rank

Elmira, ON

Team Canada

138

+34

6.

Chris Hemmerich

Kitchener, ON

Univ. Guelph

178

+34

7.

Kevin Kwon

Pitt Meadows, BC

Univ. Washington

431

-100

8.

Blair Hamilton

Burlington, ON

Houston

468

+40

9.

Stephane Dubois

Brantford, ON

Lamar

499

+13

10.

Jared du Toit

Kimberley, BC

Idaho

564

+13

WOMEN’S AMATEUR TOP 10

HOMETOWN

SCHOOL

WR

+ / –

1.

Brooke Henderson

Smiths Falls, ON

Team Canada

3

-

2.

SooBin Kim

Coquitlam, BC

Univ. Washington

21

-

3.

Jennifer Ha

Calgary, AB

Kent State

50

+11

4.

Brittany Marchand

Orangeville, ON

NC State

72

+10

5.

Anne-Catherine Tanguay

Quebec City, QC

Oklahoma

74

-

6.

Augusta James

Bath, ON

NC State

75

+12

7.

Delaney Howson

Newmarket, ON

Murray State

134

+25

8.

Jenna Hague

Burlington, ON

Ball State

168

+4

9.

Taylor Kim

Surrey, BC

Kent State

192

-4

10.

Robyn Doig

Seaforth, ON

Univ. Central Florida

252

-2

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