After finishing 11th at the Furman Intercollegiate for his fifth Top 15 finish of the season, USC Upstate standout men’s golfer Ryan Cornfield has moved up to No. 144 in the latest NCAA Division I men’s golf ranking by Golfstat.
The Golfstat Cup ranking is one of the key tools used by the NCAA Selection Committee for at-large selections to the NCAA Regionals for golfers whose team does not make the NCAA Regional. Last year, Cornfield narrowly missed out on a berth in the NCAA Regionals after being ranked in the 240’s.
Cornfield moved up seven positions after being ranked No. 151 two weeks ago. Overall, he ranks No. 172 among all college golfers in NCAAA Division I, II and III, NAIA and JUCO. He also moved up significantly in the world amateur rankings kept by the Royal & Ancient Club in St. Andrews. He is the 299th-ranked amateur player in the world, moving up 36 spots from last week’s ranking.
Cornfield is having a tremendous season. He captured his first individual tournament title in college when he finished in first place at the Wendy’s Kiawah Classic in the fall and has four Top 10 and three Top 5 individual finishes on the year. His 3.04 par-3 scoring average is tied for 25th in the nation. He tops the Spartans with a 72.7 stroke average on the year, an average that currently stands as the third-best in school history. All-time great Josh Gallman owns the top two spots.
Cornfield will lead the Upstate team into the Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational April 13-14 before suiting up for the A-Sun Championships April 19-21.