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Brandon Stone takes College route to top 25
September 12, 2012

It didn’t take South Africa’s Brandon Stone long to settle into college golf. He needed just 54 holes to make his mark.

Stone made a victorious debut for the University of Texas in the Carpet Capital Collegiate in Rocky Face, Georgia. Rounds of 69, 63 and 72 for a 12-under-par total of 204 gave the Pretoria native a two-shot victory over teammate Jordan Spieth and TJ Mitchell of the University of Georgia. Texas, the reigning NCAA champions, won the team title as a result.

Stone is the world’s leading South African amateur. He improves that status on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking by nine places, moving to world number 21. Spieth remains the world’s sixth best amateur. Mitchell jumps 111 places to 179th.

Denny McCarthy of the United States won the Northern Intercollegiate at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove Illinois. The University of Virginia player began the final round in joint 6th place, three shots off the lead after successive 2-over-par 74s. However, he posted a closing 68 to win by three shots over Scott Fernandez and Michael McGee.

McCarthy moves 23 places on this week’s ranking to 65th. Fernandez improves 22 spots to 151st, while McGee moves a massive 718 places to 1,099th.

Germany’s Christopher Carstensen won the Austrian International Amateur Championship by two strokes over Amateur Championship runner-up Matthias Schwab and Switzerland’s Edouard Amacher. Schwab held a three shot lead heading into the final round, but the young Austrian closed with a 2-over-par 74.

Carstensen improves 1,072 places this week to 2,106th. Schwab remains in the world top 10, in 10th place, while Amacher goes to 255th, an improvement of 24 places.

The big movers in week 36:

TOP 20
Steven Fox (USA) - up 1 to 20

TOP 50
Brandon Stone (RSA) - up 9 to 21
Moritz Lampert (GER) - up 14 to 23
Sebastian Vazquez (MEX) - up 33 to 43
Edouard Espana (FRA) - up 10 to 44
Nadaraja Thangaraja (SRI) - up 12 to 46
Soo-min Lee (KOR) - up 3 to 49

TOP 100
Joe David (USA) - up 1 to 10

World Amateur Golf Ranking
Winners in Counting Events for the week Sep 3 - 9, 2012
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Event Ctry Player Nat Ev. Cat.
California State Fair Amateur USA Brandon Hagy USA C
Turning Stone Tiger Intercollegiate USA Jace Long USA E
Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier USA Anthony Alex USA F
Ventura County Championship USA Johnny Ruiz* USA F
Vandersluis Memorial USA Tom Jenkins USA F
Inland Empire Amateur USA Kevin Fitzgerald USA F
City of Fort Worth Championship USA Clarke Kincaid USA F
Labor Day Invitational USA Robert Nelson USA F
Outlaw Cup USA Danny Paniccia USA F
Battle in the Tetons USA Edward Stewart USA F
Missouri Intercollegiate USA Julian Taylor ENG F
Australian Senior AUS Samuel Christie* AUS F
Faldo Series Singapore SIN Edgar Oh SIN F
Massachusetts Mid-Amateur USA Frank Vana USA F
Korean Amateur - Hur Chungkoo Cup KOR Soo-min Lee KOR E
Torneo Aficionado Club El Nogal COL Pablo Torres COL F
South Zone Qualifier IND A Mohan* IND F
Canadian Mid-Amateur CAN Kevin Carrigan CAN F
China National Amateur CHN Ziting Wang USA F
Colorado Senior Stroke Play USA David Delich USA F
Senior Porter Cup USA Mac McGee USA F
New Zealand U19 NZL Tyler Hodge NZL F
Utah Mid-Amateur & Masters USA Greg Wojtkun USA F
Bulgarian Open BUL Vladimir Osipov RUS F
Titleist Tour 7 NOR Kristian Johannessen NOR E
Italian Stroke Play Championship ITA Giorgio De Filippi ITA E
European Senior Team Championship POR Sweden SWE F
City of Perth Championship AUS Brady Watt AUS D
Torneo Internacional Farallones COL Nicolas Herrera COL F
Carpet Capital Collegiate USA Brandon Stone RSA A
Mpumalanga Open RSA Callum Mowat RSA E
SGF Senior Tour H35 U6 SWE Carl Fjallman SWE F
Austrian Mid-Amateur AUT Frederic De Vooght* NED F
Sri Lanka Amateur SRI Nadaraja Thangaraja SRI E
Midland Scratch Cup IRL Alan Thomas* IRL F
German National Amateur GER Sebastian Schwind GER C
Austrian International Amateur AUT Christopher Carstensen GER C
Northern Intercollegiate USA Denny McCarthy USA C
Polish 19-34 Championship POL Tomasz Gajewski POL F
Polish Junior Championship POL Mateusz Gradecki POL F
Championnat Suisse Centrale SUI Michael Harradine SUI F
Colgate Invitational USA Bill Gaffney* USA F
DM Slagspil DEN Christian Hillersborg Gloet DEN F
Perak Amateur Open MAS Jeremmy Chan Yew Seong* MAS F
Campeonato Sudamericano Pre Juvenil De Golf VEN Ivan Camilo Ramirez/Alejandro Perazzo COL/VEN F
* Signifies a new WAGR ranked player




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