• John Patota

Stephanie Lau comes from behind to win the 2018 Women’s North & South Amateur

Updated: Jul 17, 2018

Pinehurst, North Carolina - July 13, 2018

It has been a busy two weeks for Stephanie Lau. At the end of June, the 21 year old senior at Northwestern University took 2nd place in the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship at Hillsdale Golf Course, a place that is described as having sandhills and pinewoods.

Sound familiar? Today on the championship course in Pinehurst, Lau caped off another amazing week with a win at the Women’s North and South Amateur by beating the field of 90 top amateurs,over 5 days, in route to holding the famous Putter Boy trophy, but wasn’t easy.

Australian stand-out golfer Gabi Ruffels had the early lead in today’s final match on front 9 of Pinehurst No. 2 with steady play, while Lau struggled to hold the greens, losing the first 3 holes before fighting back to even the match, as the players made the turn after 9 holes.

Stephanie Lau calmly sinks her 5-foot eagle putt on the 16th hole of Pinehurst No. 2 to take the lead in the 2018 Women's North and South Amateur

Both ladies came to par-5 16th hole tied. That is when the extra length off the tee paid off for Lau, as she reached the green with driver, 5-wood, while Ruffles took 3 shots to reach. Lau, with her Northwestern teammate as her caddie, calmy sank her 5-foot putt for eagle and the lead. A par on 17 was all she needed for the win. Yes Stephanie, it has been a crazy busy 2 weeks.

Gabi Ruffels, incoming freshman at the University of Southern California from Victoria Australia, tees of on the 16th hole of Pinehurst No. 2

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