Wednesday, 25 April 2012 09:26
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On the professional side, David Hearn's final round 66 at the Valero Texas Open helped him to an 11th place tie, snapping a streak of four missed cuts and enabling him to pick up nine places in the world rankings.
Rebecca Lee-Bentham picked up 53 places after making the cut for the third time in four events this season, her first on the LPGA Tour.
She's now the sixth ranked female player in Canada. Jessica Shepley's tie for 27th in Hawaii helped her climb 29 places while Lorie Kane and Alena Sharp moved into the top 200 in the world.
With the amateurs, coming off her first win of the seaon, Jennifer Kirby finished in a tie for eighth as Alabama recorded a third place finish at the SEC Championship.
It was Kirby's fourth top-10 result of the season and she moved past Brooke Henderson into top spot in the Canadian rankings by maintaining her 97th world ranking.
Christine Wong picked up 14 places with a second place result at the Mountain West Conference Championship, which saw her lose in a four hole playoff while helping the Aztecs to a third place result, it's best showing in a decade.
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Richmond, B.C.'s Christine Wong Holds The Plaque Emblematic Of Winning The Mountain West Player Of The Year For Her Great Season On The San Diego State Golf Team
Her individual finish is the best by an Aztec player in the 13-year history of the event and she capped off the spring campaign by being named the Mountain West Golfer of the Year and was named to the all-conference team for the third year in a row.
The only other big movement in the rankings was the return of Anne-Catharine Tanguay into the top 10. She picked up 25 places in what was an off-week for the Sooners, who are preparing for the upcoming Big 12 Championship this weekend.
On the men's side, Eugene Wong picked up nine places in the latest amateur world rankings after helping lead the University of Oregon to a win at the Aggie Invitational.
Wong, the top-ranked Canadian amateur at No. 61 in the world, finished in a tie for third for his seventh top-5 result this season, four in the last four events alone.
Heading into the PAC-12 Championship this weekend, Wong has 19 rounds of par or better. Kent State golfers Mackenzie Hughes and Taylor Pendrith picked up six and five places respectively in the rankings after leading the Golden Flashes to third at the Boilermaker Invitational.
Hughes finished tied for 21st and moved past another Kent State teammate, Corey Conners, into fourth place in the Canadian rankings. Conners tied for 11th. Pendrith finished fifth for his fifth top-10 result in 11 tournaments.
The team now prepare for the Mid-American Conference Championship, which they've won in each of the last three seasons.
It was not a good week for former number one Albin Choi, who slumped to a 41st place result at the ACC Conference Championship. He fell a further eight places in the rankings and outside the top 100.
Complete World Amateur Golf Rankings can be found here