We know the Masters doesn’t start until the back nine on Sunday, but apparently, neither does the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur.
The top-ranked amateur in the world Jennifer Kupcho was the author of the drama on Saturday in Georgia as the Wake Forest senior lost her one-stroke advantage in the middle of the round.
Trailing Arkansas’ Maria Fassi by two strokes after 12 holes, Kupcho hit the shot of her life into the famous par-5 13th hole, which led to a tournament-changing eagle.
— Augusta National Women’s Amateur (@anwagolf) April 6, 2019
Paying off her incredible shot, Kupcho tied Fassi with an eagle, but she wasn’t done.
With a par on the par-4 14th hole, Kupcho birdied the 15th and 16th holes to set up an iconic finish on the 18th hole at Augusta National.
Facing a familiar putt, Kupcho drained the 20-footer for birdie on the 18th hole to cement her place in Augusta National history as the first winner of the ANWA.
— Augusta National Women's Amateur (@anwagolf) April 6, 2019
Kupcho gets a spot in the next five Augusta National Women’s Amateurs as a winner of the event as well as spots in this year’s U.S. Women’s Open and British Open.
Kupcho earned an LPGA Tour card at Q-School last fall, so it’s unlikely she’ll compete in the ANWA, but it’s a nice feather in the cap for a young woman who has already claimed National Player of the Year honors during her final season at Wake Forest.