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Albane Valenzuela, Sophia Schubert to square off for U.S. Women's Amateur title

From FOX Sports - August 12, 2017

It means so much, said Schubert of making the final. Standing on the first tee this morning, seeing those trophies (U.S. Womens Amateur and U.S. Womens Open) out there and hearing that if I win today, I will get to play in the [U.S. Womens Open], that just means everything because that's what I have worked for my whole life.

The U.S. Womens Amateur Championship is open to female amateur golfers with a Handicap Index not exceeding 5.4. It consists of 36 holes of stroke play followed by six rounds of match play to determine the champion. The championship match begins at 7 a.m. PDT Sunday.

Both finalists are exempt into the 2018 U.S. Womens Open Championship at Shoal Creek in suburban Birmingham, Ala. The champion receives a 10-year U.S. Womens Amateur exemption as well as a gold medal and custody of the Robert Cox Trophy for one year. The winner also typically receives exemptions into three other womens professional major championships: the 2017 Evian Championship, the 2018 ANA Inspiration and the Ricoh Womens British Open, provided she remains an amateur.

The runner-up receives a three-year U.S. Womens Amateur exemption and a silver medal. Vu and Wu are exempt into the next two U.S. Womens Amateurs and received bronze medals.

Tape-delayed coverage of the semifinals will be broadcast from 7-10 p.m. EDT on Fox Sports 1. The championship match will be broadcast on FS1 from 4-7 p.m., with extensive bonus coverage of the morning 18 round on usga.org from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

The matchup between the No. 3 (Valenzuela) and No. 5 (Vu) players in the Womens World Amateur Golf Ranking figured to be highly competitive. Vu registered four consecutive collegiate titles in the spring for the Bruins, including the Pacific-12 Conference individual crown, an event in which Valenzuela finished tied for 11th.

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