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Nathan Smith wins 4th US Mid-Amateur and earns Masters invite
September 19, 2012

Add Nathan Smith’s name to the history books. The 34-year-old becomes the most crowned US Mid-Amateur Champion ever after winning his fourth US Mid-Amateur title. The Pittsburgh native defeated Canada’s Garrett Rank by one hole in the 36-hole final at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois.

Smith, who played on last two US Walker Cup teams, also won the title in 2003, 2009 and 2010. He moves ahead of three-time champion Jay Sigel as the most prolific winner of the US Mid-Amateur Champion.

Smith will play in next year’s Masters as a result, his fourth appearance at Augusta national. He also leaps 462 places on this week’s World Amateur Golf Ranking to 99th. Rank moves to 250th, a jump of 202 spots.

Canada’s Corey Conners also moves up this week’s ranking after winning the Gopher Invitational at Spring Hill Golf Club in Wayzata, Minnesota.

The Kent State University student entered the final round in joint 7th place eight shots behind University of California player Max Homa. However, Homa struggled to a closing 68 while Conners fashioned a final round 68 to go with earlier scores of 75 and 70 for a one shot victory over Homa and California teammate Michael Kim.

Conners jumps 15 places this week to 37th. He is the second highest ranked Canadian behind world number 31 Albin Choi.

Homa moves seven spots this week to 24th. Kim becomes world number 40, and improvement of 13 places.

Seve Ballesteros’ son Javier won the Campeonato Abierto de Madrid. The 22-year-old dedicated the victory to his late father. Javier, who is studying law at Madrid’s Complutense University, moves 737 places on this week’s ranking to world number 3002.

The big movers in week 37:

TOP 20
Brandon Hagy (USA) - up 5 to 20

TOP 50
Corey Conners (CAN) - up 15 to 37
Michael Kim (USA) - up 13 to 40
Max Orrin (ENG) - up 12 to 44
Talor Gooch (USA) - up 7 to 50

TOP 100
AJ McInerney (USA) - up 78 to 66
Senapaa Chikkarangappa (IND) - up 27 to 90
Ben Stow (ENG) - up 14 to 93
Nathan Smith (USA) - up 462 to 99
Jacobo Pastor (ESP) - up 11 to 100

World Amateur Golf Ranking
Winners in Counting Events for the week Sept 10 - 16, 2012
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Event Ctry Player Nat Ev. Cat.
Gene Miranda Falcon Invite USA Jason Burstyn USA D
Ulster Mid Amateur IRL Keri Kidd* IRL F
The Gopher Invitational USA Corey Conners CAN B
John Bohmann Memorial Invitational USA Adam Peterson* USA F
Frontier Conference USA Dane Jensen USA F
Golfweek Program Challenge USA Trey Smith* USA F
Wichita Diet Pepsi Shocker Invite USA Julian Taylor/Rafael Becker ENG/BRA F
Seahawk Shootout USA Isaac Spencer* USA F
Marshall Invitational USA Korey Ward USA F
Wasioto Winds Fall Kick-off USA Patrick Newcomb USA F
Peaks Classic USA Josh Woodworth* USA F
Evangel Fall Invitational USA Hunter Leichner* USA F
Wallace State Fall Invite USA Baxter Reeves USA F
Queensland Mid-Amateur AUS Mark Draper* AUS F
Raines Development Group Intercollegiate USA Jamison Randall/Matt Yelverton/Daniel Kim USA/USA/KOR F
Invitational at Kiawah USA Scott Wolfes USA C
Sam Hall Intercollegiate USA Victor Lange RSA F
Itani Quality Homes Collegiate USA Hank Frame USA F
Fairway Club Invitational USA Ricky Hearden/Kevin Gillick* USA/USA F
BUCS Stirling Invitational SCO Graeme Robertson SCO E
Pacific Northwest Mid-Amateur USA Tom Brandes USA F
Topy Cup - Japan Intercollegiate JPN Shinji Tomimura JPN C
Ilsong Cup Junior 15-17 KOR Dae-kwun Jo* KOR F
Faldo Series - Grand Final IRL Jack Singh Brar ENG F
Canadian International Junior Challenge CAN Nick Marsh ENG F
US Mid-Amateur USA Nathan Smith USA D
Duke of York Young Champions Trophy SCO Ragnar Mar Gardarsson ISL C
Sunnehanna Senior Invitational USA Don Erickson* USA F
Taiwan Amateur TPE Chieh-Po Lee TPE F
Tamilnadu Amateur Open IND Senapaa Chikkarangappa IND D
Rutgers Invitation USA Adam Goins USA F
Indonesian National Games INA William Sjaichudin INA F
Bucknell Fall Invite USA Dan Bernard* USA F
Campeonato Abierto de Madrid ESP Javier Ballesteros ESP F
Barbados Open BAR James Johnson BAR F
North Carolina Mid-Amateur USA Scott Harvey USA E
Varderama Open DEN Mads Kristensen DEN F
Sollerod Open DEN Patrick Rasmussen DEN F
China National Amateur Winners CHN Dou Zecheng CHN F
Colombian Open COL Marcelo Rozo COL E
Aberto da Bahia BRA Daniel Ishii BRA F
Coupe de France - Coupe Lignel FRA Ormesson FRA C
Tar Heel Intercollegiate USA Albin Choi CAN C
The McLaughlin USA Jake Mondy USA D
Wolf Run Intercollegiate USA Brant Peaper USA C
Ram Masters Invitational USA Jordan Wetsch USA F
Wellington Stroke Play NZL Lachie McDonald NZL F
Bream Bay Classic NZL Chase McKeown* NZL F
Abierto De Los Chillos Club Campestre ECU Jose Xavier Perez* ECU F
* Signifies a new WAGR ranked player




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