Jennifer Kupcho wins inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur

Augusta's trademark lightning-quick and undulating greens took a toll on rivals as Kupcho and Fassi battled beneath the Georgia pines in fabled Amen Corner, women shining for the first time over some of golf's most famous holes.

But walking with their daughters in Friday's practice round is as close as some dad caddies will come to Augusta National with several deciding on a switch and handing their fathers pink slips.

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

Mehaffey carded four birdies and four bogeys in her second round and is six shots behind American Jennifer Kupcho.

Augusta National has previously barred women from playing at the home of the Masters until 2012.

In a dramatic battle between two 21-year-old USA collegiate stars, Kupcho had three birdies and an eagle in the last six holes in firing a five-under par 67 to finish 54 holes on 10-under 206 for a four-stroke victory over Fassi, who fired her third consecutive 70.

"My dad, he is my coach, he started coaching me when I was eight years old so this is special for me", said Perez.


Kupcho's bogey-free run finally came to an end, but the American hung on for a one-stroke lead after the second round.

Fassi, who started one shot behind, took her first lead with a pitch over the mounds to 2 feet for birdie on the par-5 eighth.

"We had a discussion if it was better to have a local caddie tomorrow but I want to stick with our plan I think it is great that he is here, he knows me more than anyone".

Fassi retook the lead with a birdie at the 14th, but Kupcho countered with birdie at the 15th and 16th to regain the lead.

Meanwhile, young Thai talent Sadom Kaewkanjana held his nerve on Saturday to become the fastest qualifying school graduate to win on the Asian Tour when he clinched the Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open by one shot.

"I think both of us just wanted to send the message that golf is about having friends, and to be out there with her, we were cheering each other on, and that's kind of how golf is supposed to be", Kupcho said. "Obviously, I didn't make any, and I didn't really give myself an opportunity".

  • Steve Townsend