Schubert, Valenzuela in US women’s Amateur final
CHULA VISTA, Calif. (AP) Sophia Schubert and Albane Valenzuela advanced to the finals of the 117th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship on Saturday and hope to end long droughts in Sunday’s 36-hole final at the San Diego Country Club.
Schubert, 21, of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, defeated 13-year-old Chia Yen Wu of Chinese Taipei, 2-up. Schubert, who will be a senior at Texas, would be the first Longhorn since 1996 to claim the title and would break a nine-year streak of champions under the age of 20.
Valenzuela, 19, who just finished her freshman year at Stanford, defeated Lilia Kha-Tu Vu, 19, of Fountain Valley, California, 3 and 2. Valenzuela would be the first player from Switzerland to win a USGA championship and the first Cardinal golfer to win the women’s title since 1983.
Wu, coming off the longest match in USGA history with a victory on the 12th extra hole of her quarterfinal, led by one at the turn before Schubert tied the match with a bogey on No. 10. After neither golfer made a birdie through 10 holes, Schubert made three straight to grab a 2-up lead before Wu, the youngest semifinalist in championship history, answered with two straight birdies to square the match with three holes to play.
Schubert took the lead with a par on No. 16 and with an approach to 3 feet on No. 18 won the match when Wu failed to hole a long pitch for a birdie.
Vu, who won the Pac-12 title in the spring as a sophomore at UCLA, was 1-up at the turn before making four straight bogeys. Valenzuela took the lead with a birdie on No. 11 and a par on the next hole. She closed it out with a 2-foot birdie putt on No. 16.