Sophia Schubert never trailed in beating Albane Valenzuela, 6 and 5, in the 36-hole championship match on Sunday. (USGA/Steven Gibbons)
The rising University of Texas senior defeated Stanford University standout Albane Valenzuela, 19, of Switzerland, 6 and 5, in Sunday’s 36-hole championship match on the 6,423-yard, par-72 layout.
Schubert not only gets possession of the Robert Cox Trophy for one year, she also receives a gold medal and likely invites to three other women’s professional majors: the 2017 Evian Championship, and 2018 ANA Inspiration and Ricoh Women’s British Open.
The U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship is open to female amateur golfers with a Handicap Index® not exceeding 5.4. It consists of 36 holes of stroke play followed by six rounds of match play to determine the champion.
Coming into the week, Schubert’s name was not on the tip of anyone’s tongue, even though she was No. 66 in the WAGR. Her only previous USGA experience was a Round-of-64 defeat in the 2011 U.S. Girls’ Junior.
This week, Schubert was grouped in stroke play with Stanford rising senior Shannon Aubert, who was the medalist with a 9-under total of 135. Then at the end of week, she beat Stanford’s most high-profile player, a golfer who competed in last summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (T-21) and shared low-amateur honors in the ANA Inspiration. Valenzuela also made the cut in the U.S. Women’s Open, one item on an impressive resume that also includes a wealth of prestigious amateur competitions, including the Vagliano Trophy (Europe vs. Great Britain and Ireland) and the Junior Solheim Cup (Europe vs. USA).