County Down Woman Olivia Mehaffey Set To Make Golfing History Today

County Down Woman Olivia Mehaffey Set To Make Golfing History Today

County Down Woman Olivia Mehaffey Set To Make Golfing History Today

Kaitlyn Papp (69), Pimnipa Panthong (70) and Sierra Brooks (70) were two shots behind.

Senior Dylan Kim shaved one stroke from her first-round total shooting 75-74=149 to finish T-37th overall.

"I'm just really happy". After the bogey on the 5th, I was just trying to get through 6, honestly - and then the 7th, 8th and 9th were all birdie holes. "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".

After pars at 17, Kupcho closed her round in style by rolling in a long-range birdie putt at the last to seal the victory and card a five-under 67 which took her to 10-under 206.

A field of 72 played the first 36 holes at nearby Champions Retreat before the top 30 advanced to the last 18 holes at the famed Masters layout.

Royal County Down golfer Mehaffey, 21, is on a scholarship at Arizona State University.

Mehaffey mixed four birdies with as many bogeys in her second round to comfortably secure her place at Augusta tomorrow, now in a tie for 11th. She three-putted the 10th to fall two behind, and sat on a bench at the 11th tee to gather herself.

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"My dad, he is my coach, he started coaching me when I was eight years old so this is special for me", said Perez. "I knew I was going to be able to do it". "I think he's hired". It allowed me to make the number of birdies that I made here.

But walking with their daughters in Friday's practice round is as close as some dad caddies will come to Augusta National with several deciding on a switch and handing their fathers pink slips.

The long-hitting Fassi averaged 289.2 yards off the tee in the opening round.

That was answered by a birdie from Fassi at the 14th as she holed a tricky downhill putt, but Kupcho hit back again with another superb second shot over the water at the par-five 15th to set up a birdie from the back of the green.

Even though she was not the most accurate with her driver, she felt she held an advantage over the field at Augusta National.

"You're now part of the history at Augusta National", club chairman Fred Ridley told her in Butler Cabin, where Masters champions receive their green jacket.

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