It was a historical weekend for golf.
Augusta National, home of the Masters, hosted the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur tournament. This was a huge move for the club, which didn’t allow female members until 2012.
Jennifer Kupcho, the No. 1 player in the women’s amateur ranking and a senior at Wake Forest, fought through a migraine to win the tournament.
“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,” Kupcho said in interviews.
She gets to take home the iconic silver bowl trophy as well as a piece of crystal for making the only eagle of the tournament.
The battle for the title was largely between Kupcho and Maria Fassi, a senior at Arkansas from Mexico. The two players hugged each other after good shots and patted each other’s backs encouragingly, genuinely exampling friendship and sportsmanship.
“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 in interviews. “And to make it look fun. It is fun. So to make it look that way for everyone watching, I hope it encourages people to pick up a club and go play.”
Reporters noted that the crowd at Augusta National was filled with more women than usual, especially young girls.
According to the National Golf Foundation’s 2018 Golf Industry Report, women comprise 24 percent of all golfers, an increase of more than 13 percent over the prior five years.
For more on how the golfers performed and how the tournament went, read the New York Post’s article.