AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — NCAA champion Jennifer Kupcho became the first woman to win at Augusta National with a charge on the back nine so often seen at the home of the Masters.
Trailing by two with six holes to play, Kupcho boldly went for the green on the par-5 13th that set up eagle. That carried her to a sensational closing stretch and a four-shot victory over close friend Maria Fassi in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.
Kupcho, a senior at Wake Forest, closed with a 5-under 67, playing the final six holes in 5 under.
It capped off a big week at a tournament that Augusta National, which didn’t have a female member until 2012, announced last year to help provide a spark for women’s golf.
Texas Golfers in the tournament
Two Texas Longhorn golfers made the cut and played Saturday’s final round from Augusta National. Lake Travis product Kaitlyn Papp shot two-over Saturday, finishing tied for fifth and nine strokes behind Kupcho.
Agathe Laisne reached the final round right at the cut line, qualifying with a playoff Thursday. Laisne finished 29th, nine-over par.