Jennifer Kupcho (middle left, in red) strides up the final hole at Cutten Fields
(Golf Canada photo)
GUELPH, ONTARIO, CANADA (July 28, 2017) - Jennifer Kupcho
shot a 2-over-par 72 to capture the Duchess of Connaught Gold Cup at the 104th playing of the Canadian Women’s Amateur Championship
on Friday at Cutten Fields.
On a windy day that saw only two players score under par, Kupcho (Westminster, Colo.) carded five birdies, three bogeys and two double-bogeys to cruise to a five-shot victory.
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“I’m really excited,” she said, next to the 18th green after tapping in the championship-clinching putt. “I played really well this week and I’m just excited to get a national title.”
The 20-year-old started the day up four strokes on both Maria Fassi
and Lilia Vu
and knew that she had to adjust her game plan based on how her fellow group members were playing.
“My strategy was to just hit greens,” she said. “That’s kind of the low-down of the whole thing. The greens are tough so I needed to just two-putt and then play to who I was playing with. Those were the people who were close, and how they were playing made me feel decent about my game."
Vu captured the silver medal after she shot a 3-over-par 73. The 19-year-old golfer out of Fountain Valley, Calif., made two birdies on the day but registered bogeys on each of her last two holes to end up 2 under par for the tournament.
, a member of Team Canada’s National Amateur Squad from Victoria, B.C., shot the low round of the day with a 3-under-par 67. Ko’s best round of the tournament moved her into a three-way tie with Fassi and Rachel Heck
who all earned bronze medals. Ko limited herself to just one bogey while knocking down four birdies, three of which came on the back nine.
Fassi had the roughest day of the three women in the final grouping with a 4-over-par 74 to end at 1 under for the championship. The 19-year-old Mexico native was coming off back-to-back stellar rounds – including a course-record 62 on Wednesday – but her opening round 78 proved to be too much to come back from.
Heck, just 15-years-old, finished the championship with a 2-over-par 72. She was rolling along in the windy conditions at Cutten Fields until her bogey putt lipped out on the challenging 16th green for a double-bogey. The Memphis, Tenn., product finished her final round with four straight pars with assistance from her sister and caddy Abigail.
Kupcho’s victory earns her an exemption into both the 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship
and the CP Women’s Open at Ottawa Hunt & Golf Club in Ottawa from Aug. 21-27. For being the lowest-scoring Canadian, Ko also earned an exemption into the CP Women’s Open.
ABOUT THE Canadian Women's Amateur
72 hole stroke play championship with a cut to the
70 and ties after two rounds.
This competition is open to female amateur golfers
are members of a golf club belonging to Golf Canada
holds a Gold membership with
Golf Canada or clubs in other countries, which are in
good standing with their respective Associations.
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