Jennifer Kupcho wins Augusta National Women's Amateur with masterful finish

Jennifer Kupcho wins Augusta National Women's Amateur with masterful finish

All flat with three to play, a wonderful birdie two at the 16th effectively settled it in Kupcho's favour, as she shot 67 to claim her place in history by four strokes.

"She's not afraid to be great, and that's what makes her great", Fassi said. "It's a feeling I can't describe".

The amateur tournament was the first women's trophy ever contested at Augusta National, which opened in 1933 but didn't admit its first female members until 2012.

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

Sadom, playing in his first Asian Tour start this season, overcame a spirited challenge from India's Ajeetesh Sandhu to finish the final round with a one-under 70, to card an overall score of 19-under 265 at the Kurmitola Golf Club in Dhaka.

After the opening two rounds of the 54-hole tournament staged at Champions Retreat in nearby Evans, awed young women, many with their equally-awed fathers on their bags, got first look at the revered layout that is home for the Masters, the year's first major. 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.

"I did all I could", Fassi said.

"Amazing enough, I have gotten these migraines before so I knew the blurriness would go away and I would just have a headache".

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

American Anna Redding, a senior at the University of Virginia, was the first to tee it up in the final round of the tournament.

Now Mehaffey can write her name in the history books when she tees off in the footsteps of golfing legends such as Seve Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods when she takes on the famous pristine fairways tomorrow. "I´m so happy for them", Sorenstam said.

"Just to play here at Augusta and have that kind of treatment, I think the woman's game is really going to come out stronger", she said, adding later that "there's no bigger stage than this for amateur golf".

"So cool seeing these women live out their dreams right now", tweeted Rory McIlroy, who hopes to complete a Career Grand Slam by winning his first Masters title next weekend.

Opened for play in 1933, Augusta National became the private sanctuary for some of the world's most powerful men and it was nearly 80 years before the club welcomed its first women members in 2012, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and financier Darla Moore.

It featured all the heritage of Augusta National, including honorary tee shots by Nancy Lopez, Lorena Ochoa, Se Ri Pak and Annika Sorenstam.