Jennifer Kupcho storms to victory in Augusta National Women's Amateur


American Jennifer Kupcho became the first woman to capture a championship at former all-male enclave Augusta National Golf Club, outdueling Mexico's Maria Fassi on Saturday (April 6) to win at the famed home of the Masters.

Missouri women's golfer Jessica Yuen finished the Augusta National Women's Amateur tied for last place on Thursday afternoon.

All the participants - even those who did not qualify for the final round - will be able to take part in a practice round at Augusta National today to familiarise themselves with the course's severe undulations.

Fassi, Kupcho's good friend and the 2018 ANNIKA Award victor as the top female collegiate golfer, birdied two of her final three holes to record a second consecutive round of two-under 70 for a four-under-par 140 total through two rounds.

Harford shot plus-1 on the front nine before making three birdies and two bogeys on the back nine.

After pars at 17, Kupcho would close out the historic round in style by rolling in a long range birdie putt at the last to seal a comfortable victory.

It featured all the heritage of Augusta National, including honorary tee shots by Nancy Lopez, Lorena Ochoa, Se Ri Pak and Annika Sorenstam. The event is 54 holes of stroke play, with a cut to 30 players taking place after 36 holes.

That was answered by a birdie from Fassi at the 14th as she holed a tricky downhill putt, but Kupcho hit back again with another superb second shot over the water at the par-five 15th to set up a birdie from the back of the green.

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Unfazed, Fassi picked up birdies on two of her final four holes to finish 2-under for the day. She hit the green in two and rolled in a short eagle putt.

"Probably one of the best shots I've ever hit", she said.

"My dad, he is my coach, he started coaching me when I was eight years old so this is special for me", said Perez.

"Hopefully, I can go out and figure out what was going on with my swing".

"She's not afraid to be great, and that's what makes her great", Fassi said.

That moment of magic helped turn a two-shot lead into a four-shot cushion, leaving Kim at 12 under with two to play.

The crowd more resembled one you might find at a US women's soccer game with plenty of teenage girls and mothers and fathers with children in tow. "Obviously, I didn't make any, and I didn't really give myself an opportunity".