Amateur women opt for caddies over daddies at Augusta

Sherman Parsons
April 8, 2019

The 21-year-old shot a one-under par second round at Champions Retreat Golf Club, also in Augusta, to book her place as one of the top-30 finishers having ended one-over par for the first two days. She opened play on No. 10 and posted a two on the par-3 11th hole.

The Hertfordshire golfer, who has twice played in the Curtis Cup, has played Augusta National before with her United States college.

Augusta only relaxed its male-only policy back in 2012, when former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was one of the first women allowed to become a member of the club, and hosting its first tournament for women was the next big step, announced at last year's Masters.

He will go into Thursday's first round ranked 12th in the world, coming off a tie for fifth at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship, one of his five tournament starts in 2019. He played the back nine at with Fred Couples and Justin Thomas. The Wake Forest University senior led after 36 holes on 5-under par 139 with Mexico's Maria Fassi, a University of Arkansas senior, one stroke behind.

She's 1 shot back of the lead.

Mehaffey mixed four birdies with as many bogeys in her second round to comfortably secure her place at Augusta tomorrow, now in a tie for 11th. She narrowly cleared the rock-framed creek on the par-3 eighth and chipped poorly for another bogey, and she had to make a 4-footer on the par-4 ninth to avoid another dropped shot.

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Fassi, the top college player among women a year ago as a junior at Arkansas, was dynamic as ever with five birdies and an eagle to offset plenty of mistakes.

Trailing Fassi by two shots, Kupcho exited Amen Corner by erasing the Mexican's advantage with a brilliant eagle on the par-five 13th.

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".

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. The final three hours of play will air on NBC sports starting at noon.

Kupcho hopes the rest of it will look familiar. "I know we're going to be battling in the future".

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