Clemson star Alice Hewson enjoys experience of Augusta National Women's Amateur

Posted April 07, 2019

Jennifer Kupcho emerged victorious at the first-ever Augusta National Women's Amateur Championship.

The top 30 players in the 72-strong field made the cut.

"It's exciting to be a part of history", Lopez said.

Even though she was not the most accurate with her driver, she felt she held an advantage over the field at Augusta National.

The crowd more resembled one you might find at a USA women's soccer game with plenty of teenage girls and mothers and fathers with children in tow.

"It will be incredible, driving down Magnolia Lane and putting yourself in the shoes of all of the fantastic pros you watched on TV as a young girl - and we will be on TV this time as well".

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The final round is Saturday at Augusta National, the first time women have competed on one of the most famous golf courses in the world.

Male or female, professional or amateur, Jennifer Kupcho put on a show Saturday that Augusta National had never before seen.

American Anna Redding, a University of Virginia senior, was the first competitor to tee off, but she was eight strokes adrift of USA leader Jennifer Kupcho. Kupcho aimed for the green on the par-5 13th and eventually eagled the hole.

Augusta National is responsible for its own policies: it chose not to invite any women to be members until 2012, and not to have a women's tournament until now.

At the 18th, Kupcho capped her victory with another brilliant birdie putt, winning the inaugural title by sinking a lengthy birdie putt.

Sorenstam and Lopez say they had to fight tears when they walked to the first tee and soaked up the reality of a tournament for women at Augusta National.

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"I was shaking, I can tell you that", Redding said, via Golf.com.

"I started out strong and was hitting the ball really well", Kupcho said.

"It's a dream come true and I'm so happy for them", Sweden's 10-time Major champion Sörenstam said.

England's Alice Hewson carded a level-par 72 to finish in joint-10th place with American Sierra Brooks (76), while her fellow Curtis Cup star Olivia Mehaffey of Northern Ireland finished back in joint-23rd after a 76.

Earlier Kim had bided his time, picking up two birdies on the front nine, with an 11ft birdie putt on the eighth putting him at two under for the day, eight under overall. "It also got me in some trouble, but I think at Augusta National, it's going to be really beneficial just to help me hit those high shots that land soft to those greens".

The LPGA legends enjoyed the same honorary starter moment in a similar fashion to how Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and the late Arnold Palmer have at the Masters.

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