USC's Gabriela Ruffels Named AmateurGolf.Com's Women's Player of the Year
Senior Gabriela Ruffels has made the most of the tumultuous 2020 season with success in a host of different events throughout the spring, summer, fall and winter, all of which has now culminated in her earning AmateurGolf.com's Women's Player of the Year honor.
Per the site, the Player of the Year is awarded, "based on a point system earned through performance in major women's amateur events throughout the course of the year. This year, the 20-year-old Ruffels topped an international field of players due to her performance in college, amateur and pro events."
Ruffels, ranked sixth in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, beat out Sweden's Ingrid Lindblad and Linn Grant, who finished second and third, respectively. The next closest American was fourth-place finisher Emilia Migliaccio. Ruffels' win follows that of former teammate Jennifer Chang, who won in 2019.
Ruffels' accomplishments included a win in her final collegiate tournament of the year at the Rebel Beach Intercollegiate, a repeat finalist appearance at the 2020 U.S. Women's Amateur, a pair of top 15 finishes at two LPGA majors - the ANA Inspiration and the U.S. Open (as well as an appearance in the British Open) - and her second straight appearance in the Palmer Cup where she helped Team International repeat as champions.
She also became the first woman to enter the Jacksonville Amateur Championship in July and posted a tie for fifth in the Symetra Tour Championship.