Anson making headway in world amateur standings

There were no major changes at the top of the Malaysian standings of the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR) this week.

Khavish Varman Varadan and Ashley Lau remained comfortably in pole position.

Anson Yeo, though, continued his march up the rankings to consolidate his second place on the Malaysian ladder, and in the process, broke into the world top-250 for the first time.

The lad from Borneo International School in Kuching, Sarawak, won the Perak Amateur Open at Royal Perak Golf Club last week and moved up to a career-best 249th in the world.

That victory capped a formidable run of four consecutive top-10s that helped propel Anson a massive 1,368 places up the WAGR rankings over the past couple of months.

A player in good form as he is, Anson finished fourth at the Penang Amateur Open a fortnight ago, and before that he was a commendable eighth at the Singapore Open Amateur Championships, staged at Tanah Merah Country Club.

But the purple patch really started at the Malaysian Amateur Closed Championships, where he finished runner-up.

Anson shot rounds of 71, 67 and 70 at Royal Perak for a 208 total that handed him victory – his fourth triumph in a WAGR ranking points tournament.

It was also an effort that saw him move no fewer than 73 places up the world rankings.

Another Malaysian player who also made some big strides up the standings was Xin Yao Wang.

With a ninth-place finish in the Perak Amateur Open Championships and a deserved fourth-place finish in the Penang Amateur, she moved up to 534th in the world rankings, making up a colossal 331 places.

At the top of the Malaysian standings, Khavish leads the men at 180th in the world standings, while Ashley remains at 29th in the women’s rankings.

That is just three places off her career-best of 26th.

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