Jennifer Kupcho storms to victory in Augusta National Women's Amateur

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Royal County Down's Olivia Mehaffey will make history tomorrow as one of the first women to ever play a competitive round of golf at Augusta National after she qualified for the final round of the first annual Augusta National Women's Amateur Championship.

After the first two rounds were played at nearby Champions Retreat on Wednesday and Thursday, the top 30 in the field teed off at Augusta National on Saturday, with world amateur No 1 Kupcho holding a one-shot lead over Mexico's Maria Fassi.

South Korean legend Pak Se-ri won five major titles and 25 LPGA events but dreamed of being a champion at Augusta National, where women weren't even members until 2012 much less competing for trophies.

Kupcho began the day with a one-shot lead over Fassi.

The seesaw battle escalated with Fassi dropping a birdie at 14 and Kupcho again answering at 15.

Olarra, who works as an auditor in Madrid, grabbed the final spot on the second playoff hole - the par-3 17th - where she rolled in a birdie putt from 25 feet.

"It started to go away, and I was able to see", she said. She hit into the tributary of Rae's Creek on the par-5 13th and says she probably will lay up in the tournament because she's good with wedges.

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Fassi fired rounds of 70-70-70=210 finishing four shots back of the victor. She picked up another stroke on the par-4 1st, but she missed a short birdie putt on her 11th hole, the second of the Island Nine, and struggled with her swing after that.

Despite that, Yuen said prior to the tournament that she felt "close" to being back to her best in a press release. "Obviously, I didn't make any, and I didn't really give myself an opportunity".

Women's world amateur number one Kupcho, the reigning USA college champion, and Fassi, last year's United States women's college golfer of the year, staged a dramatic duel in a historic moment. "I think he's hired".

Augusta National did not have a female member until the late summer of 2012, a number that now is believed to be at six women - former NBA executive Heidi Ueberroth was seen in a green jacket Friday.

While the sight of women battling for a trophy was new for Augusta National so were the sounds as the galleries offered encouragement with shouts of "Atta girl" and "Way to go girls".

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

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