Gabriela Ruffels Makes the Most of Her Flight Change
Australia’s Gabriela Ruffels has won twice on the Epson Tour this season, leading the circuit’s money list as she works toward for LPGA card for 2024. But a funny thing happened on her way to Michigan to play an Epson event this week (Island Resort Championship).
A surprise call arrived, causing a change in travel plans. Ruffels, 23, was given a surprise invite to the KPMG Women’s PGA. Through three rounds, she has played nicely, too. A round of 3-under 68 on Saturday on Baltusrol’s Lower Course helped propel Ruffels into a tie for 12th, at 1-under 212.
“My manager called me about a week and a half before the tournament started, and he said, change your flights from Harris, Michigan, which was the Epson event on this week, and go to Newark. I mean, it's a great opportunity. I'm so thankful to be here.”
Ruffels has been put to the test on a couple of occasions this week. She started the tournament 4 over through six holes, and Saturday, she had to bounce back after making a double at the par-4 13th hole.
Her play proves this: Good golf travels anywhere.
“I say this a lot; the Epson Tour is great,” Ruffels said. “The players out there are really, really good, and a lot of them, I'd say like top half, could play out here, as well.
“Playing out there, you have to play really well to win and be in contention, so I think it's just a great tour. Definitely feel like I've gained momentum from that tour, for sure.”