Gabriela Ruffels is the winner of the Epson Tour's Race for the Card.

The road from amateur to professional golf can be a long and winding one packed with bumps and potholes.

Gabriela Ruffels had a remarkable amateur career at the University of Southern California after switching from tennis to golf in 2015. 

 She won the 2019 U.S. Women's Amateur and finished runner-up the following year. 

The Australian recorded five top-10 finishes as a rookie on the Epson Tour in 2022, finishing five positions short of an LPGA card. 

The 23-year-old then missed the LPGA Q-Series registration deadline and returned to the Epson Tour for the 2023 season.

Ruffels can now legally call herself an LPGA member, nine months later and seven tournaments into the season

After winning the first of ten eligible tour cards in the Epson Tour's Race for the Card.

"I'm overjoyed to announce that I'll be on the LPGA Tour next year." 

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