Fascinating news out the RCGA today regarding top amateurs Nick Taylor and Matt Hill:
National Amateur Team members Nick Taylor and Matt Hill are currently ranked 1st and 2nd respectively on the Royal and Ancients World Amateur Golf Rankings.
Nick Taylor, who was sixth on the rankings last week, climbed into the top spot after he fired a 6-under par 136 over 36 holes to win the US Open sectional qualifier event in Roslyn, Wash. The Abbotsford, B.C. native is set to tee-off at the 2009 US Open Championship Thursday at Bethpage State Park (Black Course) in Farmingdale, NY.
Matt Hill has remained in the number two position since his win at the NCAA Mens Division I Championship on May 29, 2009. The Brights Grove, Ont. native was also awarded the Jack Nicklaus Trophy, given annually since 1988 to the best college players in NCAA Division I, II and III, prior to the final round of The Memorial tournament on June 7, 2009.
So what does this mean? Well Hill didn’t light the world on fire at the British Am, but Taylor is in NY for the U.S. Open. Both have time left in college — and I wouldn’t expect either to turn pro any time soon. That said, I think it is a very positive sign for all of those wondering where our next great player will come from. Maybe it isn’t Hill or Taylor, but it is tough to say the RCGA isn’t accomplishing something when these two sit atop the rankings.
Update: Taylor finish at the US Open — tie for 36th — gives everyone a good sense of his potential. Apparently he said there is no way he’ll turn pro — instead playing out the remainder of his college career next year.