Kupcho, who will represent U.S. at Women’s World Amateur Team Championship, opens with 70 at U.S. Women’s Amateur
by Gary Baines
Jennifer Kupcho of Westminster no longer sits atop the Women’s World Amateur Golf Rankings, but in one respect she was there when it mattered.
The USGA announced last week that Kupcho will be one of three golfers who will represent the U.S. in the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship in Dublin, Ireland Aug. 29-Sept. 1. The Women’s NCAA Division I individual champion from Wake Forest earned that automatic selection by virtue of being the top-ranked American player in the Women’s WAGR as of the July 25 update.
“Jennifer is a terrific young woman and golf talent who represented the United States at this year’s Curtis Cup Match,” said Stasia Collins, the American team captain for the WATC. “We couldn’t be prouder to have her as our ambassador in Ireland.”
It will be the third time in the last few months that Kupcho (left) will play for the U.S. in a major team competition. She helped American squads claim titles in both the Curtis Cup and the Arnold Palmer Cup.
The other two U.S. representatives for the U.S. Women’s World Amateur Team Championship will be determined after this week’s U.S. Women’s Amateur at The Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs. The tournament champion will be guaranteed a spot on the team.
The U.S. finished sixth at the last biennial Women’s WATC, in 2016 as South Korea won. The top two scores for each team each day will count toward the team total.
Another player with strong Colorado ties who will compete in the 2018 Women’s WATC will be University of Colorado golfer Kirsty Hodgkins, who will represent her native Australia.
As for the U.S. Women’s Amateur, Kupcho shot a 1-under-par 70 on Monday, which leaves her in a tie for 31st place out of 156 players with one round remaining in stroke play. After Tuesday’s second round, the field will be reduced to 64 for match play, which begins on Wednesday.
Now No. 2 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Rankings behind Lilia Vu, Kupcho made three birdies and two bogeys in Monday’s round. She sits four strokes behind stroke-play leader Alexa Pano of Lake Worth, Fla., who qualified in Colorado for the 2017 U.S. Women’s Am.
Also shooting a 70 on Monday was former Parker resident Elizabeth Wang, now of San Marino, Calif. Wang carded four birdies and three bogeys.
Here are the scores for all the players with strong Colorado connections competing at the U.S. Women’s Amateur:
31. Jennifer Kupcho of Westminster 70
31. Former Parker resident Elizabeth Wang 70
107. CU golfer Gillian Vance of Lakewood 75
116. Former Denver resident Emily Gilbreth 76
149. DU golfer Mary Weinstein of Highlands Ranch 80
For all the scores from the U.S. Women’s Amateur, CLICK HERE.