Vaughan McCall NZ's new No 1 amateur

NICOLA ABERCROMBIE
Last updated 15:45 30/05/2012

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Southland golfer Vaughan McCall's runner-up finish at the Wales Stroke Play Championship over the weekend has seen him secure the New Zealand No 1 amateur ranking.

McCall has overtaken Ben Campbell to be the top Kiwi and is now the 168th best amateur player in the world.

Campbell, who at his peak in 2010 was ranked No 6 in the world, has slipped to 172 in the world after a lean run of form.

McCall and Campbell are currently in the United Kingdom preparing for the northern hemisphere calendar of events beginning this week at the Scotland Stroke Play Championship at Kilmarnock.

Lydia Ko is still comfortably the women's world No 1 on 1865.74 average points, ahead of her closest rival South African Kim Williams who is over 100 points back on 1760.71.

She is also New Zealand's top-ranked female in the professional ranks, at 170, despite only playing eight events.

In the men's professional ranks Danny Lee remains the leading Kiwi at 171 in the world.

David Smail, a five-time winner on the Japan Golf Tour, is No 373 while New Zealand PGA Pro-Am Champion Michael Hendry is No 481.

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- Fairfax Media

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