Irish going up in the world

Alex Gleeson (Castle) and John Ross Galbraith (Whitehead) lining up their putts on the 9th green in the CityNorth Hotel sponsored East of Ireland Championship at County Louth Golf Club (01/06/2015). Picture by Pat Cashman

John-Ross Galbraith, Alex Gleeson, Stuart Grehan and Dermot McElroy all made big moves in the latest World Amateur Golf Ranking while Leona Maguire remained No 1 in the women's standings.

Whitehead star Galbraith moved up 164 places to 575th thanks to his third place finish in the St Andrews Links Trophy where Cormac Sharvin failed to build on a brilliant start but still rose two spots to be Ireland's top ranked player at 28th in the world. 

 Leona Maguire

Leona Maguire

Sharvin's fellow Walker Cup hopefuls Jack Hume, Gary Hurley, Gavin Moynihan and Paul Dunne also moved up.

Men's ranking | Women's ranking

The top 50 in the world on June 24 qualify for the US Amateur at Olympia Fields near Chicago from August 17-23 (see entry form) which means that No 26 Sharvin and No 38 Hurley are set to play with Hume (62nd), Dunne (65th) and Moynihan (84th) all close to the mark heading into next week's British Amateur Championship at Carnoustie and Panmure.

Hurley is missing that event to play in the Palmer Cup in the US  but the West Waterford man looks comfortably set to make the US Amateur in any case..

In the women's game, world No 1 Leona Maguire is comfortably out in front of the rest of the world and keen to extend the gap with victory in this week's Ladies' British Amateur at Portstewart where 114th ranked Olivia Mehaffey is looking to break into the world's Top 100.

Top Irish men

This week Last week Change Player Country Divisor Points average
26 28 +2 Cormac Sharvin 50 1132.00
38 45 +7 Gary Hurley 62 1082.39
62 71 +9 Jack Hume 51 1027.82
65 87 +22 Paul Dunne 50 1018.50
84 95 +11 Gavin Moynihan 48 997.57
165 213 +48 Dermot McElroy 51 919.93
281 224 -57 Robin Dawson 51 856.37
323 326 +3 Richard Bridges 48 839.06
334 470 +136 Stuart Grehan 43 834.50
478 520 +42 Kevin Leblanc 29 787.93
553 369 -184 Colm Campbell 41 770.73
575 739 +164 John-Ross Galbraith 47 766.76
589 553 -36 Paul McBride 43 764.24
649 734 +85 Conor O'Rourke 28 749.11
744 882 +138 Alex Gleeson 48 727.78
747 772 +25 Alexander Wilson 40 727.50
821 857 +36 Gareth Lappin 46 710.87
870 658 -212 Geoff Lenehan 27 701.79
926 960 +34 Daniel Holland 36 691.09
938 920 -18 Sean Flanagan 31 688.71
1095 1042 -53 Eanna Griffin 29 655.17
1260 1297 +37 Stephen Watts 38 624.12
1294 1675 +381 Jonathan Yates 23 618.45
1304 1316 +12 Alan Lowry 34 617.65
1342 1522 +180 Tiarnan McLarnon 29 610.34
1388 1603 +215 Matthew McClean 26 602.68
1597 1629 +32 Tommy O'Driscoll 37 560.14
1635 1658 +23 Ronan Mullarney 34 552.94
1665 1186 -479 Gary O'Flaherty 18 549.11
1708 2072 +364 Colin Fairweather 18 541.96
1708 1893 +185 Joseph Lyons 23 541.96
1753 1455 -298 Gary Collins 19 531.25
1760 1610 -150 Rowan Lester 17 530.36
1845 2321 +476 Kyle McCarron 24 510.71
1864 2174 +310 Shaun Carter 20 507.14
1864 2321 +457 Stuart Bleakley 23 507.14
1874 1779 -95 Eddie McCormack 19 505.36
1878 1740 -138 Aaron Grant 22 503.57
1884 1893 +9 Declan Loftus 25 502.68
2065 2070 +5 Stuart Winsby 39 466.67
2077 2089 +12 Eoin Leonard 32 462.50
2163 1874 -289 Eugene Smith 21 446.43
2239 2004 -235 Pat Murray 15 432.14
2285 2341 +56 Jeffrey Hopkins 15 422.02
2334 2495 +161 Stephen Healy 16 413.39
2379 2196 -183 William Hanna 19 403.57
2450 2864 +414 Jordan Hood 19 389.29
2450 2174 -276 Shane McGlynn 23 389.29
2499 2983 +484 Jack Pierse 15 378.57
2522 2456 -66 Robert Cannon 17 374.11

Top Irish women

This week Last week Change Player Country Divisor Points average
1 1 - Leona Maguire 34 1577.94
114 109 -5 Olivia Mehaffey 34 993.38
278 272 -6 Jessica Carty 32 845.31
321 319 -2 Maria Dunne 25 820.54
387 381 -6 Mary Doyle 31 783.87
389 383 -6 Chloe Ryan 37 783.11
460 457 -3 Paula Grant 25 747.32
572 574 +2 Sarah Helly 36 691.67
605 607 +2 Niamh McSherry 24 675.89
658 658 - Annabel Wilson 24 657.14
730 726 -4 Sinead Sexton 26 632.14
793 792 -1 Jean O'Driscoll 32 603.91
873 872 -1 Jessica Ross 23 569.64
943 944 +1 Lisa Maguire 34 535.29
999 998 -1 Louise Coffey 17 510.71
1227 1226 -1 Megan Thompson 21 410.71
1268 1267 -1 Holly Robinson 26 396.43
1379 1384 +5 Julie McCarthy 18 355.36
1389 1393 +4 Mairead Martin 14 352.68
1459 1464 +5 Emma O'Driscoll 15 328.57
1476 1479 +3 Amy Farrell 15 323.21
1621 1625 +4 Ariana Coyle Diez 11 273.21
1622 1626 +4 Aedin Murphy 14 271.43
1719 1726 +7 Niamh Ward 13 244.64
1723 1729 +6 Sarah Cunningham 13 242.86
1723 1729 +6 Shannon Burke 23 242.86
1757 1762 +5 Victoria Craig 21 232.14
1837 1839 +2 Shannen Brown 13 208.93
1839 1842 +3 Karen Delaney 12 207.14
1846 1850 +4 Caitriona Griffin 10 206.25
2045 2053 +8 Rachel Taylor 8 158.93
2074 2078 +4 Tara Gribben 7 150.00
2278 2277 -1 Carla Reynolds 14 110.71
2278 2277 -1 Meadhbh Doyle 13 110.71
2375 2368 -7 Amy Chambers 7 96.43
2400 2393 -7 Ciara Casey 3 94.20
2499 2489 -10 Hannah Henderson 5 78.57
2533 2521 -12 Aoife Lowry 9 71.43
2614 2604 -10 Mary Dowling 5 57.14
2652 2639 -13 Lucy Simpson 4 50.00
2666 2653 -13 Gillian O'Leary 4 46.43
2677 2665 -12 Carol Wickham 4 44.64
2722 2712 -10 Laura Grant 6 32.14
2789 2782 -7 Pat Doran 3 16.07
2808 2801 -7 Louise Mernagh 2 10.71
2838 2831 -7 Laura Webb 0 5.36
2847 2839 -8 Lisa O'Shea 2 0.00