Kup­cho wins at Au­gusta Na­tional with charge on back 9

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports -

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.

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