U.S. Women's Amateur championship

Mississippi State junior golfer Blair Stockett, left, caddies for Gabriela Ruffels during the final round Sunday at the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point.

WEST POINT – Gabriela Ruffels was getting some good advice down the stretch of the U.S. Women’s Amateur championship match Sunday afternoon at the Old Waverly Golf Club.

When her caddie and University of Southern California women’s golf coach Justin Silverstein had to leave the course to catch a flight for a funeral, someone had to take over.

Enter Mississippi State junior Blair Stockett.

Stockett was with Ruffels for the final four holes and shared some valuable information that capped a championship run.

Ruffels became the first Australian to claim the U.S. Women’s Amateur championship with a 1-up victory over Albane Valenzuela.

For more on Ruffels' victory and Starkville Daily News sports editor Danny P. Smith's take on the successful week at Old Waverly, see Monday's edition.

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