Augusta Women's Amateur: Kupcho still on top

Augusta Women's Amateur: Kupcho still on top

Javier Howell
April 7, 2019

Coverage of the Augusta National Women's Amateur final round will begin at 10:00 a.m. ET on Golf Channel, and switch to NBC at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Alice Hewson and Olivia Mehaffey will make history on Saturday when they become the first women from the United Kingdom to play a competitive round at Augusta National - home of the Masters.

The inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur has been a hit with average golf fans and stars alike since the first tee shots were hit on Thursday at Champions Retreat.

"Very excited to play Augusta National tomorrow", Loy said.

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". "It really is a dream come true".

"We came into the day kind of trying to figure it out and I was going to decide afterwards but I think I am going to go to a local caddie because they know so much", said Haylee, who sits at one-over, six off the pace. "This has huge potential to not just inspire young girls but golfers, other women in sports and women in business".

Now on a sports scholarship at Arizona State University, on a golf programme that has produced the likes of Paul Casey and Phil Mickelson in the past, Royal County Down member Mehaffey will tee off at 2 o'clock trailing leader and World No. 1 amateur Jennifer Kupcho by six shots.

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The American turned up the pressure another notch with a birdie at 16 as Fassi finally blinked, taking a bogey, her first since the opening hole, to hand Kupcho a two-shot advantage with two to play.

It capped off a big week at a tournament that Augusta National, which didn't have a female member until 2012, announced previous year to help provide a spark for women's golf.

That's what Kupcho hopes young people took out of the moment, as much as women playing at Augusta.

The golf was superb, at least at the top of the leaderboard.

Sadom, who bagged $63,000 in prize money, broke the record of Australian duo Kane Webber and Todd Sinnott, who won in their second starts after coming through the qualifying school in 2006 and 2017 respectively.

Saturday figures to be a new experience, on the fairways and greens of Augusta National on the weekend before the Masters, with thousands of fans able to see the course for the first time all year through separate tickets they were able to buy through a lottery. Two more pars completed a six-under-par 66 round.