Sophia Schubert holds the Robert Cox Trophy after winning the final round of match play at the 2017 U.S. Women's Amateur at San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, Calif. on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. CREDIT: Photo courtesy of USGA

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Texas golfer Sophia Schubert wins 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur

Posted August 13th, 2017

Sophia Schubert needed just 31 of 36 holes in Sunday’s finals to defeat Albane Valenzuela of Switzerland 6 and 5 to win the U.S. Women’s Amateur at San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, Calif.

Schubert, a senior golfer at Texas, became the first Longhorn to win the U.S. Women’s Amateur in more than 20 years. Kelly Kuehne won the event in 1995 and 1996.

The All-American honorable mention earned exemptions to all four major women’s golf tournaments next year, including the 2018 U.S. Women’s Open.

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Sophia Schubert plays her tee shot on the 12th hole during the final round of match play at the 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur at San Diego Country Club in Chula Vista, Calif. on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. CREDIT: Steven Gibbons/USGA

The Oak Ridge, Tenn. native birdied the first hole, a 368 yard, par-4, to take the lead. Schubert took a 2-hole lead with her second birdie of the day on the 374-yard, par 4, No. 5. She then birdied No. 10 to take a three-hole lead, and went up by four holes when Valenzuela bogeyed No. 11 after Schubert made par. She stayed 4 up after the first 18 holes.

Valenzuela gained a hole back with a birdie on No. 19, but Schubert regained her four-hole lead and went on to clinch the championship on hole No. 31 with her sixth birdie of Sunday’s final.

In 2014, then-Lake Travis High School junior Kristen Gillman won the U.S. Women’s Amateur. Gillman is a sophomore at Alabama and lost to Chia Yen Wu of Chinese Taipei in the Round of 16. Schubert defeated Yen Wu Saturday to reach the finals.

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