Gabriela Ruffels

Gabriela Ruffels (born 14 April 2000) is an Australian professional golfer. Starting at the age of eight, Ruffels started playing tennis and won twenty one International Tennis Federation doubles events in Europe. She also was the number one ranking Australian junior when she was twelve. After switching from tennis to golf in 2015, Ruffels primarily competed in Australia from 2016 to 2017. In 2018, Ruffels joined the USC Trojans women's golf team at the University of Southern California. Ruffles announced her decision to turn professional on February 10, 2021.[1]

Gabriela Ruffels
Personal information
Born (2000-04-14) 14 April 2000 (age 21)
Orlando, Florida
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Sporting nationality Australia
Career
CollegeUniversity of Southern California
Turned professional2021
Best results in LPGA major championships
ANA InspirationT15: 2020
Women's PGA C'shipT33: 2021
U.S. Women's OpenT13: 2020
Women's British OpenCUT: 2020
Evian ChampionshipDNP

With the USC, Ruffels appeared at the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships from 2018 to 2019 in both the individual and team events. During this time period, Ruffels became the first ever Australian to win the U.S. Women's Amateur in 2019. Her amateur championship gave her exemptions to the 2020 editions of the U.S. Women's Open, ANA Inspiration, Evian Championship and Women's British Open. Apart from amateur events, Ruffels missed the cut in multiple professional events including the 2017 Women's Victorian Open and 2019 Japan Women's Open Golf Championship.

Early life and educationEdit

Ruffels was born in April 2000 in Orlando, Florida to former tennis players Anna-Maria Fernandez and Ray Ruffels. During her childhood, Ruffels lived in Laguna Niguel, California before moving to Melbourne, Australia. At the age of six, Ruffels began to play tennis and continued until she was fourteen.[2][3]

Her two years older brother Ryan also was a talented tennis player and became a successful golfer, representing Australia in the 2014 Eisenhower Trophy and turned professional in 2016.

For her post-secondary education, Ruffels enrolled at the University of Southern California in 2018 to study business administration.[4]

CareerEdit

As a tennis player, Ruffels won three doubles championships from 2011 to 2012.[5] From 2013 to 2014, Ruffels primarily competed in ITF Grade 4 and Grade 5 events throughout Australia. In singles, her best finish was the quarterfinals at the 2014 Wilson Tennis Canterbury.[6] For doubles, Ruffel's won the 2014 New South Wales Junior International. In other finals, Ruffels lost at the Wilson Tennis Canterbury and Auckland ITF Indoor Champs events in 2014.[7] In team events, Ruffels was part of the Australian team that finished fourth at the 2014 World Junior Tennis Finals.[8] Overall, Ruffels was the number one ranking Australian junior when she was twelve years old and held the number three ranking two years later. She also had twenty one doubles event wins held by the ITF in Europe.[9]

At the beginning of 2015, Ruffels became tired of tennis and switched to golf.[9] As an amateur golfer, Ruffels primarily played in Australia from 2016 to 2017 while also competing in Singapore, the United States and Canada. During these years, she was ninth at the 2016 Australian Women's Amateur and 17th at the 2017 Australian Women's Amateur.[10] In 2018, Ruffels joined the USC Trojans women's golf team.[4] At the NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championships, Ruffels tied for 38th in 2018 and tied for 19th in 2019 at the individual events.[11][12] In the team events, Ruffels was part of the Southern California team that made it to the semifinals in 2018 and the quarterfinals in 2019.[13] Ruffels was also a member of the International team that won the 2019 Arnold Palmer Cup.[14][15]

While competing for USC, Ruffels appeared at the Canadian Women's Amateur, placing 38th at the 2018 edition and 21st at the 2019 event.[10] In 2019, Ruffels became the first ever Australian to win the U.S. Women's Amateur.[16] With her U.S Amateur win, Ruffels received an exemption to the 2020 U.S. Women's Open. Additional 2020 events Ruffels received exemptions for were the ANA Inspiration, Evian Championship and Women's British Open.[17]

In professional events, Ruffels was cut in the 2016 and 2017 Women's Victorian Open on the ALPG Tour.[18][19] A few years later, Ruffels missed the cut in the 2019 U.S. Women's Open.[20] In Japan, Ruffels also missed the cut at the Suntory Ladies Open and Japan Women's Open Golf Championship during 2019.[21][22]

Amateur winsEdit

Source:[10]

Results in LPGA majorsEdit

Tournament 2020 2021
ANA Inspiration T15 T19
U.S. Women's Open T13
Women's PGA Championship T33
The Evian Championship NT
Women's British Open T13
  Did not play

NT = no tournament
T = tied

Team appearancesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Romine, Brentley (10 February 2021). "USC standout Gabriela Ruffels opts to turn professional". Golf Channel.
  2. ^ Geske, Joey (8 August 2019). "Meet the 2019 Quarterfinalists". United States Golf Association. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  3. ^ McCollough, J. Brady (16 May 2019). "USC's Gabriela Ruffels credits tennis for bolstering her golf prowess". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Gabriela Ruffels". University of Southern California Athletics. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Gabriela Ruffels". Tennis Australia. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Gabriela Ruffels Juniors Singles Activity". International Tennis Federation. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Gabriela Ruffels Juniors Doubles Activity". International Tennis Federation. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Australia finishes fourth at World Junior Tennis Finals". Tennis Australia. 11 August 2014. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  9. ^ a b Mickey, Lisa D. (18 July 2016). "Brother's Success Spurs Ruffels to Change Course". United States Golf Association. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  10. ^ a b c "Gabriela Ruffels". World Amateur Golf Rankings. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  11. ^ "Division I Women's Golf Championships Record Book (2019)" (PDF). NCAA. p. 3. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  12. ^ "Division I Women's Golf Championships Record Book (2020)" (PDF). NCAA. p. 3. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  13. ^ Division I Women's Golf Championships Record Book (2020) pp 15–16
  14. ^ "Ruffels named to International Team". Arnold Palmer Cup. 28 May 2019. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  15. ^ "Internationals claim 23rd Annual Arnold Palmer Cup at The Alotian Club". Arnold Palmer Cup. 9 June 2019. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  16. ^ Shefter, David. "Ruffels Makes History As First Australian Champion". United States Golf Association. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  17. ^ Marksbury, Jessica (11 August 2019). "Gabriela Ruffels becomes first Australian to win U.S. Women's Amateur Championship". Golf. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  18. ^ "2016 Oates Victorian Open". ALPG Tour. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  19. ^ "2017 Oates Vic Open". ALPG Tour. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  20. ^ "U.S. Women's Open 2019". United States Golf Association. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  21. ^ "2019 Ai Miyazato Suntory Ladies Open Golf Tournament". LPGA of Japan Tour. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  22. ^ "2019 Japan Women's Open Golf Championship". LPGA of Japan Tour. Retrieved 5 January 2020.

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