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USC’s Gabriela Ruffels beats Stanford rival for U.S. Women’s Amateur title

Gabriela Ruffels
Gabriela Ruffels, who plays at USC, became the first Australian to win the U.S. Women’s Amateur title.
(John McGillen / USC Athletics)

Gabriela Ruffels became the first Australian winner in U.S. Women’s Amateur history Sunday, beating Albane Valenzuela of Switzerland 1 up in the 36-hole final at Old Waverly Golf Club.

The 19-year-old Ruffels, preparing for her junior season at the University of Southern California, pulled even with a birdie on the par-5 33rd, took the lead with a birdie on the par-three 35th and matched Valenzuela with a birdie on the par-four 36th.

The 21-year-old Valenzuela will be a senior at Stanford University. She also lost in the 2017 final, falling 6 and 5 to Sophia Schubert at San Diego Country Club. Ruffels beat another Stanford player, Andrea Lee, in the semifinals.

The all-international final was the third in event history.

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The finalists earned spots in the 2020 U.S. Women’s Open at Champions Golf Club in Houston. Ruffels can play the Women’s Open as an amateur or professional, while Valenzuela must be an amateur.


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