Stanford commit outlasts Australia’s Gabriela Ruffels, the defending champion, in 38 holes
38: Number of holes that Rose Zhang of Irvine, Calif., needed to outlast Australia’s Gabriela Ruffels and win the U.S. Women’s Amateur on Sunday at Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, Md. Ruffels opened a quick 2-up lead through three holes before Zhang flipped the script and gained a 2-up edge through 17 holes in the scheduled 36-hole match. Ruffels, the defending champion, pulled even with a birdie on the par-3 13th hole, the 31st of the match. They matched pars the rest of the way, forcing extra holes, before Zhang prevailed with a par when Ruffels missed a 3-footer. Zhang, 17, has committed to play at Stanford next year. “Winning the U.S. Women’s Amateur means the world to me,” said Zhang, the No. 9 player in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Rankings. “To have my name on the trophy with the best players of all-time is lifechanging for me. It’s a dream come true.” Ruffels, 20, a senior at Southern Cal, was seeking to become the first back-to-back winner of the U.S. Women’s Amateur since Danielle Kang in 2011. Kang, coincidentally, won her second consecutive title on the LPGA on Sunday (scoring).
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