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Australian teen reaches amateur golf championship final

Australian Gabriela Ruffels has reached the final of the United States women's amateur golf championship, continuing her stellar form in America.

Ruffels, 19, from Melbourne, recently won the North and South amateur at Pinehurst in North Carolina and has the chance to become the first Australian ever to win the title in the 119-year history of the US women's amateur.

Gabriela Ruffels would be the first Australian to win the title.Credit:Dion Georgopoulos

"It would be great [to have that distinction]," Ruffels said after her round. "I'm not really going to think about that, just going to kind of focus on my game, keep doing what I'm doing, and if that's the result at the end of the day, then I'll be super happy. But even just making it to the final and getting that opportunity to kind of try and get the title is really great."

Ruffels was born in Orlando, Florida, but brought up in Melbourne and attended Haileybury College.

The teenager has been dominant throughout the week but her semi-final against Andrea Lee of the US went to the 18th hole.

Ruffels' parents, Ray and Anna Maria, were both tennis professionals, the former being an Australian Davis Cup representative, and herelder elder brother, Ryan, is also a touring golf professional.

She plays Albane Valenzuela of Sweden in the 36-hole final.

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