Stanford freshman Albane Valenzuela withdrew from the ANA Inspiration because of a bike accident on March 23 that involved a car. Valenzuela, a 2016 Olympian from Switzerland, was on campus in Palo Alto, Calif., at the time of the crash, according to Cardinal head coach Anne Walker. She suffered a concussion, received stitches on her nose and is currently experiencing pain in her wrist and knee.
Valenzuela’s family flew in from Switzerland to be with their only daughter. Walker said Valenzuela receives daily treatment and care through the Stanford Hospital and the Athletic Training Department.
Valenzuela tied for 65th at the 2016 ANA Inspiration, giving her a share of low amateur honors with Hannah O’Sullivan.
Lucy Li (U.S.), Katelyn Dambaugh (U.S.), Andrea Lee (U.S.), , Eun-Jeong Seong (South Korea) and Paphangkorn Tavatanakit (Thailand) and O’Sullivan (U.S.) round out this year’s amateur contingent. Valenzuela will not be replaced in the field.
Lee, also a freshman at Stanford, is ranked No. 2 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. The Cardinal have three victories on the season and top the team rankings. Although school is out for spring break, the rest of the team is competing in Kapalua, Hawaii, at the Anuenue Spring Break Classic.