Jennifer Kupcho has won this tournament by 21, 19
and 13 shots in the last three years (CWGA photo)
LITTLETON, CO (June 21, 2017) - Jennifer Kupcho
did something on Wednesday that no other woman had accomplished in the new millennium.
Not only did the Westminster resident become the first player in 20 years to win the CWGA Stroke Play Championship three straight times, but she claimed each of those titles by more than a dozen shots.
Kupcho, the No. 3-ranked women’s amateur in the Golfweek/AmateurGolf.com Women's World Rankings, completed her trifecta on Wednesday by chalking up a 13-shot victory at Lone Tree Golf Club in the 70th CWGA Stroke Play.
Just three weeks before she competes in her second straight U.S. Women’s Open, Kupcho became the fifth player to win the CWGA Stroke Play at least three straight years, joining four Colorado Golf Hall of Famers: Janet Moore (1994-97), Carol Flenniken (1968-70), Joan Birkland (1964-66) and Sally Hardwick (1957-59).
Kupcho, the runner-up at last month’s Women’s NCAA Division I Championships as a Wake Forest sophomore, also became the first person since Wendy Werley in 1988 and ’89 to win four straight CWGA major titles (the Stroke Play and Match Play). Alas, Kupcho’s streak is expected to end next month as a scheduling conflict likely will keep her from entering the CWGA Match Play.
The 20-year-old finished in style on Wednesday, making seven birdies in the final round to shoot a 5-under-par 67. That gave the three-time CWGA Player of the Year a 6-under 210 total for three days.
The previous two years in the Stroke Play, Kupcho prevailed by 21 and 19 shots. Overall, she’s won five CWGA majors, with Wednesday marking her second at Lone Tree.
Erin Sargent of Longmont, the 2016 4A state high school champion, tied for second at 223 on Wednesday with her University of Wyoming teammate Megan Knadler of Phoenix. Knadler closed with a 74 and Sargent with a 75.
Mary Weinstein of Highlands Ranch, the 2016 Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado’s girls Player of the Year, shot a 2-under-par 70 on Wednesday to claim fourth place at 224.
The gross winners of the other flights on Wednesday were Arielle Keating (first), Alexis Chan (second), Sue Hartwell (third) and Jean Miller (fourth).
The low net players were Maddie Kern (first flight), Chan (second), Hartwell (third) and Miller (fourth).
ABOUT THE Colorado Women's Stroke Play
One of two CWGA state individual
championships for amateur women.
Stroke Play. The competitor who plays the
stipulated round(s) in the fewest number of
strokes is the winner. Championship Flight is
comprised of the lowest 15 gross scores plus
ties after 36 holes of play. First flight is
comprised of the next lowest 15 gross scores
plus ties. All other flights will be pre-flighted
based upon the player's Course Handicap with
approximately 15 players per flight with a
handicap spread of 5 strokes or less.
Handicap Limit: Handicap Index limit is 36.0.
flights are played at scratch--no strokes are
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