Amateur Team Canada

Ana Paula Valdes captures Porter Cup with one-stroke victory

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LEWISTON, N.Y. – Ana Paula Valdes, a native of Morelia, Mexico, surged in the final round of play at the Women’s Porter Cup to edge out Canadian Christina Foster of Concord, Ont., for the one-stroke victory on Friday.

Valdes, a Clemson University commit, fired a 6-under 65 for the low-round of the 54-hole event, finishing at 8-under par to end the second-round leading Foster’s bid to keep the title north of the border (Brooke Henderson won in 2014).

The tournament boasted a strong showing of Canadians atop the leaderboard with four Canucks inside the top-10. Trailing runner-up Foster was St-Georges-de-Beauce, Qué., native and Kent State senior, Josée Doyon, who finished in third place at 2-under par.

Next in line were Brittany Marchand (Orangeville, Ont.) and Jennifer Ha (Calgary)—both members of Team Canada’s Amateur Squad—who finished T4 and sixth, respectively.

Rounding out the top 10 was Development Squad member Naomi Ko of Victoria, B.C. The N.C. State commit finished in a tie for seventh at 1-over par for the tournament (71-71-72).

This was the third annual Women’s Porter Cup, which runs as the sister event to the men’s tournament, taking place at the end of July.

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