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Corey Conners (John Mummert/USGA)

Corey Conners

(John Mummert/USGA)

Corey Conners retains top ranking in Canada’s Weekly Top 10 Add to ...

For the fourth straight week Corey Conners has held on to the No. 1 amateur ranking in Canada. The Listowel, Ont. golfer climbed nine places in the world rankings on the strength of his runner-up finish at the U.S. Amateur Championship. That came a year after he lost in the semi-finals of the same event. The Kent State graduate had been contemplating turning pro this fall but with invitations to the U.S. Open and the Masters as a result of finishing second, those plans may be put on hold so he can play in those two majors next year.

Fellow Team Canada member Garrett Rank also picked up six spots in the world rankings after advancing all the way to the second round of match play at the U.S. Amateur.

Austin James, the younger brother of Team Canada member Augusta James, moves into the top 20 in Canada by picking up 76 world ranking spots. James is the reigning Canadian Junior Boys Championship and along with his sister, the reigning Canadian Women’s Amateur champion, are the only siblings to have won Canadian national titles in the same year.

Anne-Catherine Tanguay of Quebec City picked up six places in the world rankings after finishing solo third at the SunCoast Ladies Tour event in California. The national team member was one stroke shy of making it into the playoff.

Naomi Ko of Richmond, B.C. climbed 38 spots following her showing at the Pacific Northwest Junior Girls Amateur Championship. Ko took co-medallist honours in the stroke play portion of the event and carried the No. 1 seed into match play. She was beaten in the quarter-finals, 1-up but not before she fought back from being 4-down in the match to win three of four holes down the stretch and get it back to all-square before a bogey on the final hole.

Brad Fritsch of Ottawa moved back into the top 5 in the Canadian rankings with his tie for eighth at the Wyndham Championship. The 35 spot gain in the world rankings was his third largest points gain in 2014 but it wasn’t enough to get him into the top 125 of the FedEx Cup standings. That means Fritsch will be going back to the Web.com Finals for the second straight year to try and finish in the top 25 and retain his PGA Tour card for next year.

Greg Machtaler of Summerland, B.C. slipped four places in the world rankings but moved into the top 10 in Canada a week after winning his first PGA Tour Canada event.

On the women’s side, Jennifer Kirby gained 30 spots after finishing in a tie for 53rd at the LPGA Championship, the tour’s fourth major of the year. It was her first appearance at an LPGA major and the result came on the heels of missing the cut in each of her last two tournament starts.

MEN’S TOP 10

  

HOMETOWN

TOUR

WR

+ / –

1.

Graham DeLaet

Weyburn, SK

PGA

39

-

2.

David Hearn

Brantford, ON

PGA

101

-

3.

Mike Weir

Brights Grove, ON

PGA

271

-8

4.

Brad Fritsch

Manotick, ON

PGA

278

+35

5.

Richard T Lee

Toronto, ON

ASIA

300

-5

6.

Adam Hadwin

Abbotsford, BC

WEB

351

+2

7.

Roger Sloan

Merritt, BC

WEB

385

-4

8.

Nick Taylor

Abbotsford, BC

WEB

620

-12

9.

Mackenzie Hughes

Dundas, ON

WEB

718

-3

10.

Greg Machtaler

Summerland, BC

PGAC

748

-4

 

WOMEN’S TOP 10

  

HOMETOWN

TOUR

WR

+ / –

1.

Brooke Henderson

Smiths Falls, ON

-

199

-2

2.

Alena Sharp

Hamilton, ON

LPGA

215

-5

3.

Rebecca Lee-Bentham

Richmond Hill, ON

LPGA

222

-6

4.

Jennifer Kirby

Paris, ON

LPGA

301

+30

5.

Lorie Kane

Charlottetown, PE

LPGA

333

+1

6.

Sue Kim

Langley, BC

LPGA

350

-3

7.

Maude-Aimee Leblanc

Sherbrooke, QC

SYMT

408

-2

8.

Sara-Maude Juneau

Fossambault, QC

SYMT

491

-6

9.

Nicole Vandermade

Brantford, ON

SYMT

547

+2

10.

Samantha Richdale

Kelowna, BC

SYMT

606

-9

 

MEN’S AMATEUR TOP 10

  

HOMETOWN

SCHOOL

WR

+ / –

1.

Corey Conners

LIstowel, ON

Kent State

35

+9

2.

Taylor Pendrith

Richmond Hill, ON

Kent State

46

-1

3.

Adam Svensson

Surrey, BC

Barry University

51

-4

4.

Chris Hemmerich

Kitchener, ON

Univ. Guelph

84

+4

5.

Garrett Rank

Elmira, ON

Team Canada

96

+6

6.

Kevin Carrigan

Victoria, BC

 

148

-2

7.

Blair Hamilton

Burlington, ON

Houston

212

-29

8.

Brett McIntosh

London, ON

Michigan

404

-6

9.

Tyler Saunders

Edmonton, AB

 

446

-5

10.

Raoul Menard

Ange-Gardien, QC

Charlotte

504

-6

 

WOMEN’S AMATEUR TOP 10

  

HOMETOWN

SCHOOL

WR

+ / –

1.

Brooke Henderson

Smiths Falls, ON

Team Canada

2

-

2.

SooBin Kim

Coquitlam, BC

Univ. Washington

23

-2

3.

Augusta James

Bath, ON

NC State

31

-

4.

Jennifer Ha

Calgary, AB

Kent State

71

-2

5.

Brittany Marchand

Orangeville, ON

NC State

72

-2

6.

Delaney Howson

Newmarket, ON

Murray State

126

-3

7.

Jennifer Yang

Coquitlam, BC

Univ. Washington

150

+24

8.

Anne-Catherine Tanguay

Quebec City, QC

Oklahoma

181

+6

9.

A Ram Choi

Surrey, BC

Portland State

234

-4

10.

Jenna Hague

Burlington, ON

Ball State

259

+2

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