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Tyler Saunders surges upwards in Canada's Weekly Top 10

Tyler Saunders

Golf Canada

The Canadian Junior Championship was responsible for some considerable moves in the amateur rankings over the past week.

Tyler Saunders made the biggest move after finishing in a tie for sixth at the Canadian Junior Boys event in Niagara Falls. The 17-year-old from Sturgeon County, Alta., also helped Team Alberta claim the inter-provincial title by one stroke. Saunders, who was coming off back-to-back wins at the Alberta Amateur and Alberta Junior Championship, climbed 289 spots in the world rankings which vaulted him into the top 10 at No. 9 in Canada, a week after he moved into the top 20. In the last three weeks, he's gained more than 700 places in the world rankings.

Team Canada Development Squad member Tony Gil of Vaughan, Ont., moved up 173 spots to No. 12 in Canada after finishing second at the event. Along the way he broke the course record with a 9-under-63 in the third round.

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Matt Williams of Calgary picked up 95 spots and moved to No. 20 in Canada after finishing tied with Saunders for sixth place overall.

On the women's side, Valerie Tanguay finished in a tie for second at the Canadian Junior Girls Championship in Thornhill, Ont. That enabled the St-Hyacinthe, Que. golfer and Team Canada Development Squad member to climb 164 spots, up to No. 9 in Canada.

Selena Costabile of Thornhill, Ont., finished third to climb 147 spots in the world rankings and move into the top 20 for the first time, settling in at No. 16.

Naomi Ko of Victoria, B.C. was fourth, gaining 125 spots up to No. 18 in Canada.

On the professional side, Cory Renfew of Victoria, B.C. finished in a tie for fourth at the ATB Financial Classic. His second top 10 result in as many PGA Tour Canada tournaments enabled him to gain 169 spots in the world rankings, moving him up to No. 16 in Canada from No. 20.


1.Graham DeLaetWeyburn, SKPGA40-5
2.David HearnBrantford, ONPGA94-1
3.Mike WeirBrights Grove, ONPGA264-1
4.Richard T LeeToronto, ONASIA290-3
5.Brad FritschManotick, ONPGA310-9
6.Adam HadwinAbbotsford, BCWEB352-7
7.Roger SloanMerritt, BCWEB382-3
8.Nick TaylorAbbotsford, BCWEB675-3
9.Mackenzie HughesDundas, ONWEB706-9
10.Lindsay RenoldsChristina Lake, BCASIA745-9


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1.Brooke HendersonSmiths Falls, ON-196-1
2.Rebecca Lee-BenthamRichmond Hill, ONLPGA210+2
3.Alena SharpHamilton, ONLPGA212+1
4.Jennifer KirbyParis, ONLPGA328-2
5.Sue KimLangley, BCLPGA340+6
6.Lorie KaneCharlottetown, PELPGA347-4
7.Maude-Aimee LeblancSherbrooke, QCSYMT402-2
8.Sara-Maude JuneauFossambault, QCSYMT479-3
9.Nicole VandermadeBrantford, ONSYMT545+2
10.Samantha RichdaleKelowna, BCSYMT648-10


1.Corey ConnersLIstowel, ONKent State38-5
2.Taylor PendrithRichmond Hill, ONKent State45-5
3.Adam SvenssonSurrey, BCBarry University47-4
4.Chris HemmerichKitchener, ONUniv. Guelph76+1
5.Garrett RankElmira, ONTeam Canada107+2
6.Kevin CarriganVictoria, BC 111-
7.Blair HamiltonBurlington, ONHouston200+21
8.Brett McIntoshLondon, ONMichigan451+137
9.Tyler SaundersEdmonton, AB 509+289
10.Stephane DuboisBrantford, ONLamar527+51


1.Brooke HendersonSmiths Falls, ONTeam Canada2-
2.SooBin KimCoquitlam, BCUniv. Washington19+1
3.Augusta JamesBath, ONNC State30-1
4.Jennifer HaCalgary, ABKent State68-
5.Brittany MarchandOrangeville, ONNC State71+1
6.Delaney HowsonNewmarket, ONMurray State123-
7.Jennifer YangCoquitlam, BCUniv. Washington158+4
8.Anne-Catherine TanguayQuebec City, QCOklahoma188+4
9.Valerie TanguaySt-Hyacinthe, QCOklahoma225+164
10.Taylor KimSurrey, BCKent State226-19
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