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Cactur Tour Win for USC's Gabi Ruffels

Playing as an amateur, Gabi Ruffels earned her first win in a pro tournament on June 26, 2020. Ruffels won the Cactus Tour tournament played at Legacy Golf Club in Henderson, Nevada, by two strokes over fellow amateur Briana Chacon. Ruffels, a 20-year-old from Australia who is a senior at Southern Cal, started the final round two strokes behind Chacon. But a final-round 66 took care of that. She finished at 13-under 203. Ruffels is also the reigning U.S. Women's Amateur champion. And in preparation for her title defense in that tournament in Augusta, Ruffels will be playing in July, in the Jacksonville Amateur Championship. She'll be the first woman in tournament history to play that event, and will be playing from the same tees as the guys. "I thought it was a great opportunity to test my game before the Women’s Am," Ruffels told the Golf Channel. "The women’s amateur schedule has been very restricted with everything that's going on, so has been toug

Charley Hull the First Rose Ladies Series Winner

It's been a weird 2020 in golf — and the world in general — as the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted golf tours and tournaments around the world. In Europe, as in America, the top women's golf tours all halted play. But as the Ladies European Tour hoped to begin play again later in the year, many of its players were looking for opportunities for competition, sharpening their games, getting ready for LET events. Liz Young, LET player, conceived a series of one-day tournaments to serve as prep for a re-start. And PGA Tour winner Justin Rose and his wife stepped up with a big wad of cash to help provide a prize fund. And thus was born the Rose Ladies Series in England. Who knows where the Rose Ladies Series will go (or grow) from here, or whether it will even exist beyond this weird 2020. But it has already held its first tournament, and here's the answer to a future trivia question: Charley Hull, world No. 25 at the time, was the first-ever winner on the Rose Ladies Series.

Kristen Gillman Notches First Win as Pro

One of the LPGA's brightest young players, Kristen Gillman, has earned her first win as a professional golfer. With the pandemic-interrupted 2020 season, however, it wasn't on the LPGA Tour — it was on the WAPT Tour. Gillman won the Hurricane Classic, played in Anna, Texas, which concluded on June 12, 2020. The WAPT (for Women's All Pro Tour) is the official third-level of women's professional golf in the United States, with developmental tour status to the Symetra Tour. Gillman, along with a handful of other LPGA Tour players (past and present) were entered, plus many Symetra Tour players and others of note, giving the Hurricane Classic a particularly strong field for a WAPT event. Gillman finished at 14-under 274, winning by six strokes over runner-up Maria Fassi. Top amateur Alexa Pano was third. You can view the final scores here . As noted, it was the first win as a professional for the 22-year-old Gillman, who is in her second year on the LPGA Tour. (In