Her bogey and double bogey on 12 and 13 marked the first time the USC junior lost consecutive holes in all of match play at the Amateur. In addition to an unrelenting opponent and humid conditions, Ruffels switched caddies from USC head coach Justin Silverstein to Mississippi State junior Blair Stockett on 31st hole as Silverstein had to get to catch a flight for a funeral. The same story happened again when she briefly regained the lead on 26, but lost it with a missed birdie putt on 28 and again when she lost the lead she gained on 30 on with a missed birdie putt on Ruffels had the opportunity to win the par-3 17th with a birdie putt, but her shot landed about one inch from the cup to make par. The battle that lasted nearly eight hours, not including a minute break after 18 holes, and it was tied for 11 holes, becoming the most difficult match either player faced.
Logan. Age: 21.
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Claudia. Age: 30.
Gabriela Ruffels defeats Albane Valenzuela to win 119th U.S. Women's Amateur
During that five-hole stretch, Ruffels carded four bogeys, including one double bogey, giving way for the first 18 holes to end with a tie. A birdie attempt on 18 after her second stroke landed about nine feet from the hole, leaving it all square after 18 holes. While she won the 21st hole with a long birdie putt to take the lead 1 up, she gave away the lead on the 25th hole after a missed putt from close up.