Rankings Update: Kimsey, Niebrugge climb to top spots
01 Feb 2014
by Benjamin Larsen of amateurgolf.com

CARLSBAD, Calif. (Feb. 1, 2014) -- A new year means new players atop many of the Golf week/amateurgolf.com Player Rankings.

With his 11th-place tie at the Australian Master of the Amateurs, 2013 U.S. Amateur Public Links champion Jordan Niebrugge slid into a tie for the top ranking in our U.S. Player Rankings alongside Cal’s Michael Weaver.

Weaver had held the position after the summer season thanks to his solid play throughout the 2012- 2013 NCAA and 2013 summer seasons.

Alabama’s Cory Whitsett, the 2013 Northeast Amateur winner -- and U.S. Walker Cup team member -- is third in the rankings, trailing the co-leaders by 350 rankings points. Seth Reeves of Georgia Tech, who made a deep run at the U.S. Amateur this past summer, is fourth while Texas A&M’s Ty Dunlap and Cal’s Brandon Hagy sit tied for fifth place, trailing the leaders by 800 points.

In our World Rankings, England’s Nathan Kimsey recently assumed the No. 1 position after Australia’s Brady Watt moved to the professional ranks. Kimsey, of course, won last year’s Terra Cotta Invitational and logged Top 5s at the St Andrews Links Trophy, Lake Macquarie Amateur and English Amateur, among other events.

Garrick Porteous, the British Amateur champion, is second while Ryan Evans, who tied for ninth at the recent Master of the Amateurs event, sits third to make it an U.K. sweep atop our World Rankings.

Ashlan Ramsey of Clemson remains the top-ranked player in our Women’s Rankings. On the strength of her impressive 2013 season, which included a Top 50 at the LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship and wins at the Women’s Eastern and Western Amateurs, Ramsey is well ahead of Brooke Henderson, the No. 2- ranked player.

Four-time USGA Women’s Mid-Amateur winner Meghan Stasi is third in the overall rankings. She sits at the No. 1 position in the 2014 Player of the Year race thanks to a 9th-place finish at the Sally and a win at the recent Harder Hall Invitational.

Sam Horsfield, who won the New Years Invitational in early January, is tied with Master of the Amateurs champion Simon Viitakangas for the Men’s World Player of the Year points race. Horsfield, just 16, won last year’s Florida State Amateur and Orlando City titles.

Maryland’s Mike Occi is off to a hot start and leads the 2014 Senior Player of the Year standings. He was fourth at the Old Corkscrew Senior and won the Kingsway Senior Invitational after finishing 19th in the rankings in 2013.

Ben Doyle of La Jolla, Calif. leads the Californi a 2014 POY watch. He placed fifth at the New Years Invitational.

On the amat eurgolf.com Tour, Mac Marr (Championship), Mark Miller (Senior) and Vincent Steele (Net) lead the cumulative 2014 rankings.

For a full breakdown of the amateurgolf.com rankings, including an event breakdown, read here.
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