Kupcho wins first Women's Amateur at Augusta

After pars at 17, Fassi signed off with a bogey while Kupcho finished in style rolling in a long-range birdie putt at the last to seal a comfortable victory in front of roaring gallery that had turned out to witness a bit of golfing history.

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". World No. 1 Jennifer Kupcho (Denver, Colo.) takes a 1-shot lead into the final round and will be paired with No. 5 Maria Fassi of Mexico.

"I think it is special for him to be here with me because we are going to remember this forever". The crowd was larger than any of the 30 players who made the cut had ever experienced.

Augusta National announced its Women's Amateur past year at the Masters, creating an opportunity for some of the best amateurs in the world to showcase their skills on a course where Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods have created so many big moments. She opened play on No. 10 and posted a two on the par-3 11th hole. "I started out well but had a couple of bad holes on the back nine".

The first two rounds were played at the Champions Retreat course in Evans, Georgia.

"Hopefully, I can go out and figure out what was going on with my swing". 2, 3, 7 and 8 to take a one-shot lead heading into the final nine.

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"She's not afraid to be great, and that's what makes her great", Fassi said. She birdied No. 12, No. 16 and No. 18.

The seesaw battle escalated with Fassi making a birdie at 14 and Kupcho doing the same at 15.

Meanwhile, young Thai talent Sadom Kaewkanjana held his nerve on Saturday to become the fastest qualifying school graduate to win on the Asian Tour when he clinched the Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open by one shot.

After American Anna Redding struck the first competitive shot the focus shifted to Kupcho and Fassi, the two close friends and college rivals sharing an emotional hug before teeing off.

"It's just fantastic. It's just great to be able to do that", Kupcho said. "Obviously, I didn't make any, and I didn't really give myself an opportunity".

  • Lawrence Cooper