119th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship

119th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship

Meet The Quarterfinalists

Aug. 5-11, 2019 | Old Waverly Golf Club | West Point, Miss.

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Caroline Canales, 16, of Calabasas, Calif.

Instagram: @carolinecanales

  • Born April 18, 2003 in Tarzana, Calif.
  • No. 2064 in Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™
  • Playing in her third USGA championship and first U.S. Women’s Amateur
  • Rising junior at Calabasas High School
  • Competed in the 2018 and 2019 U.S. Girls’ Junior championships, missing the cut two weeks ago at SentryWorld
  • Outside of golf, is a Level 10 certificate of merit pianist and has performed as a soloist with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic
  • Her sister, Olivia, was her teammate at Calabasas and will join the University of California-Irvine golf team this fall
  • Road to the Quarterfinals
    • Shot 76-68—144 in stroke play to earn the No. 25 seed
    • R64: Def. Elina Sinz, 3 and 2
    • R32: Def. Michaela Morard, 4 and 2
    • R16: Def. Allisen Corpuz, 3 and 2

Albane Valenzuela, 21, of Switzerland

Instagram: @albane.valenzuela

  • Born Dec. 17, 1997 in New York City, N.Y.
  • No. 5 in Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™
  • Playing in her sixth USGA championship, third U.S. Women’s Amateur
  • Rising senior at Stanford University
  • Runner-up in the 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur at San Diego C.C.; lost to Sophia Schubert, 6 and 5
  • Played in three U.S. Women’s Opens (2016, 2018, 2019)
  • Named Pac-12 Women’s Golfer of the Year, First-Team All-American and an ANNIKA Award Finalist during her junior season at Stanford
  • Shared low-amateur honors in the 2019 Evian Championship and 2016 ANA Inspiration
  • Represented Switzerland in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and finished 21st; one of two amateurs to compete
  • Her younger brother and caddie, Alexis, competed in this year’s U.S. Junior Amateur championship at Inverness Golf Club in Toledo, Ohio
  • Road to the Quarterfinals
    • Shot 69-73—142 in stroke play to earn the No. 13 seed
    • R64: Def. Sierra Brooks, 2 and 1
    • R32: Def. Brynn Walker, 1 up
    • R16: Def. Megan Schofill, 4 and 3

Aneka Seumanutafa, 18, of Emmitsburg, Md.

Instagram: @anekals_

  • Born Oct. 28, 2000 in Ewa Beach, Hawaii
  • No. 57 in Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™
  • Playing in her 12th USGA championship, third U.S. Women’s Amateur
  • Rising sophomore at The Ohio State University
  • 2019 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and WGCA Second Team All-American with the Buckeyes
  • Set a stroke-play record in the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball with partner Faith Choi with a 12-under 60 during the first round at Timuquana C.C. in Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Reached the Round of 16 at the 2015 U.S. Girls’ Junior at Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club
  • Advanced to the Round of 64 in 2015 U.S. Women’s Amateur at Portland (Ore.) Golf Club as a 14-year-old
  • Won the 2017 North & South Junior Girls Championship at Pinehurst and finished runner-up in 2018
  • Road to the Quarterfinals
    • Shot 74-72—146 in stroke play to earn the No. 53 seed
    • R64: Def. Julie Houston, 4 and 3
    • R32: Def. Angela Liu, 4 and 3
    • R16: Def. Annabell Fuller, 3 and 2

Gabriela Ruffels, 19, of Australia

Instagram: @gabiruffels

  • Born April 18, 2000 in Orlando, Fla.
  • No. 52 in Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™
  • Playing in her third USGA championship, first U.S. Women’s Amateur
  • Rising junior at the University of Southern California
  • Won the 2019 North & South Women’s Amateur Championship at Pinehurst last month
  • Competed in the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open at the Country Club of Charleston
  • Played tennis at an international level for eight years before starting golf at age 15
  • Both of her parents, Ray Ruffels and Anna-Maria Fernandez, played tennis professionally
  • Ray Ruffels was a mixed doubles finalist in the 1978 US Open and Wimbledon with Hall of Famer Billie Jean King, and was a three-time singles semifinalist in the Australian Open
  • Anna-Maria Fernandez won the 1981 AIAW single title as a senior at the University of Southern California and helped the Trojans to the team title in 1979 and 1980
  • Her older brother, Ryan, currently competes as a professional golfer on various tours
  • Road to the Quarterfinals
    • Shot 72-68—140 in stroke play to earn the No. 6 seed
    • R64: Def. Shaebug Scarberry, 5 and 4
    • R32: Def. Haylin Harris, 4 and 3
    • R16: Def. Brooke Seay, 6 and 5

Kenzie Wright, 21, of McKinney, Texas

Instagram: @Thepriceiswright17

  • Born Aug. 17, 1997 in McKinney, Texas
  • No. 445 in Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™
  • Playing in her fourth USGA championship, but first U.S. Women’s Amateur
  • Rising senior at the University of Alabama
  • Transferred to Alabama last year from Southern Methodist University, where she played two seasons and earned All-American Athletic Conference honors
  • Reached the Round of 16 in the 2019 Women’s Texas Amateur
  • Finished third in the 2018 Dixie Amateur in Coral Springs, Fla.
  • Road to the Quarterfinals
    • Shot 71-74—145 in stroke play to earn the No. 35 seed
    • R64: Def. Ya Chun Chang, 3 and 1
    • R32: Def. Lauren Hartlage, 20 holes
    • R16: Def. Min A Yoon, 3 and 1

Megha Ganne, 15, of Holmdel, N.J.

  • Born March 5, 2004 in Long Branch, New Jersey
  • No. 543 in Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™
  • Playing in her seventh USGA championship, second U.S. Women’s Amateur
  • Rising sophomore at Holmdel High School in Holmdel, N.J.
  • Advanced to the Round of 64 at the 2019 and 2018 U.S. Girls’ Junior championships
  • Four-time Drive, Chip & Putt national finalist
  • Won the 2017 New Jersey Junior PGA Championship
  • Road to the Quarterfinals
    • Shot 73-73—146 in stroke play to earn the No. 48 seed
    • R64: Def. Gina Kim, 1 up
    • R32: Def. Bentley Cotton, 19 holes
    • R16: Def. Emily Hawkins, 20 holes

Andrea Lee, 20, of Hermosa Beach, Calif.

Instagram: @andrea_lee54

  • No. 2 in Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™
  • Playing in her 16th USGA championship, 5th U.S. Women’s Amateur
  • Rising senior at Stanford University
  • Runner-up in the 2016 U.S. Girls’ Junior
  • Semifinalist in the 2014 U.S. Women’s Amateur
  • Finished T-60th at the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open in Charleston, S.C., one of five amateurs to make the cut
  • Represented the United States in the 2016 and 2018 Curtis Cups
  • Currently tied for the school record at Stanford with eight individual victories
  • Road to the Quarterfinals
    • Shot 67-75—142 in stroke play to earn the No. 15 seed
    • R64: Def. Sabrina Iqbal, 6 and 5
    • R32: Def. Brooke Matthews, 4 and 3
    • R16: Def. Alexa Pano, 23 holes

Lucy Li, 16, of Redwood Shores, Calif.

Instagram: @_lucy_li

  • Born Oct. 1, 2002 in Stanford, Calif.
  • No. 4 in Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking™
  • Playing in her 14th USGA championship
  • Quarterfinalist at the 2018 U.S. Women’s Amateur at The Golf Club of Tennessee after earning co-medalist honors during stroke play
  • Semifinalist and stroke-play medalist in the 2018 U.S. Girls’ Junior
  • Member of the victorious 2018 USA Curtis Cup Team, going 3-0-1 at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, N.Y
  • In 2014, she was the youngest qualifier in U.S. Women’s Open history at 11 years, 8 months and 14 days
  • Road to the Quarterfinals
    • Shot 74-73—147 in stroke play to earn the No. 58 seed
    • R64: Def. Morgan Baxendale, 5 and 4
    • R32: Def. Amanda Doherty, 5 and 4
    • R16: Def. Pimnipa Panthong, 2 and 1