Albane Valenzuela

Albane Valenzuela reacts to missing her birdie putt at the 12th hole during the semifinal round at the 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur at Old Waverly Golf Club in West Point.

WEST POINT – Albane Valenzuela picked a great time to sink a clutch putt at Old Waverly Golf Club.

Even though it was not one of her better days on the course, Valenzuela made a 10-foot birdie putt on playoff hole No. 19 to defeat Megha Ganne in her match and reached the final of the 119th U.S. Women’s Amateur.

“I didn’t have my best game and missed some shots out there, but I just knew I had to stick to my game plan and eventually they would fall,” Valenzuela said. “It fell in the a playoff. That one putt I really struck well.

“It was a tough match against a great competitor. (Ganne) has amazing composure for a 15-year-old. She made me work hard.”

It will be an all-international final Sunday as Valenzuela, from Switzerland, faces Australia’s Gabriela Ruffels. Ruffels won her match 2-up over Andrea Lee.

For more on the U.S. Women's Amateur, see Sunday's Starkville Daily News and Daily Times Leader.

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