Augusta National Women’s Amateur report: What happened at Augusta National?

The 30 players who made the cut teed it up at the home of The Masters on Saturday and it was the no.1 amateur, Jennifer Kupcho who came out on top.

The American played steady golf throughout the front nine, carding eight pars and one birdie, but it was on the back-nine that she really burst into life.

An Eagle at the 13th helped her regain a share of the lead alongside her playing partner Maria Fassi, who played some amazing stuff herself.

From there, birdies and 15 and 16, really put Kupcho in control, and she saw out the rest of her round in impressive fashion, climaxing with a stunning birdie at the last.

Kupcho finished the week with a score of 10-under-par and a four shot gap to her nearest challenger, Fassi.

Augusta National Women’s Amateur report: What happened at Champions Retreat Golf Club?

There was plenty of drama throughout the first two rounds that took place at Champions Retreat.

This culminated with a 11-way playoff to make the cut on Wednesday evening.

The format dictated that 30 players only would progress to play in Saturday’s final round at Augusta National.

This number was final, and it was not a case of top-30 and ties, hence the huge playoff.

A par on the first playoff hole was enough for nine of the players to secure their places, but bogies from Ainhoa Olarra and Alessia Nobilio meant that a further hole was required to fill the final place.

The par-3 17th awaited and it was a stunning birdie putt from Olarra that sealed her spot.

The no. 1 amateur, Jennifer Kupcho led the field throughout the first two days, after hitting the first tee shot of the inaugural event.

And, she was the only player without a blemish on her Wednesday scorecard.

Alice Hewson was the only player from England to make the cut after shooting opening rounds of 76 and 69, to head into Augusta at 1-over-par.

Augusta National Women’s Amateur report: Talking points

Well, the biggest talking point to take from this event, is really the event itself.

This week was a wonderful celebration of the women’s game, and to see the ladies play Augusta National competitively for the first time was brilliant.

The tournament has been thoroughly embraced and welcomed by those involved with the game and we hope that this is just the beginning of a long and prosperous relationship between women’s golf and Augusta National.

Twitter saw plenty of support from a whole range of personalities throughout the week.

Joe Hughes

Tour editor covering men's golf, women's golf and anything else that involves the word golf, really. The talk is far better than the game, but the work has begun to change that.

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