Jennifer Kupcho wins inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur

Apr 07, 2019, 00:29
Jennifer Kupcho wins inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur

Trailing by two with six holes to play, Kupcho boldly went for the green on the par-5 13th that set up eagle.

"I think both of us just wanted to send the message that golf is about having friends, and to be out there with her, we were cheering each other on, and that's kind of how golf is supposed to be", Kupcho said. "It's a feeling I can't describe".

Sorenstam and Lopez say they had to fight tears when they walked to the first tee and soaked up the reality of a tournament for women at Augusta National.

Her time at this first-ever tournament came to an end after the second round, as only the top 30 golfers advanced to the third and final stage.

Instead of being part of an historic day on which the first competitive women's round will be played at Augusta National and a champion crowned, Michael Kupcho will watch from outside the ropes along with Kevin Harford, who was on his daughter Haylee's bag the first two rounds.

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"The ending wasn't what I would have liked but it was still wonderful to compete at Augusta for the first time", Fassi said.

"I started out strong and was hitting the ball really well ..." We played unbelievable golf.

"It´s a dream come true".

Fassi finished the 54-hole tournament at 6-under par, four shots behind defending NCAA champion Jennifer Kupcho of Wake Forest.

"I said, 'Let's chip this in, '" said Dave Thorpe, an Augusta National caddie working for Kwon this week.

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At 21, she has the game at her feet.

Kupcho received the champion's trophy in Butler Cabin, where Masters winners are presented with green jackets, and Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley told her, "You're part of Augusta National history now".

"I knew I had to post an under-par score to be in contention for Saturday, and it was just exciting to see that I made so many birdies", she said. "I´m so happy for them", Sorenstam said.

Kupucho, fresh off what she called her first "perfect" round, started on the back nine and was cruising along at three-under for the day until her 14th hole, the par-four fifth, where she made her first bogey of the week.

Ridley announced previous year the creation of the Augusta National Women's Amateur to provide a spark for women's golf.

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Pak struck the first ceremonial tee shot followed in order by Ochoa, Lopez and Sorenstam, handling the duties in a similar fashion to how Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and the late Arnold Palmer have done at the Masters.