Round 2 of Augusta National Women’s Amateur begins

Round 2 of Augusta National Women’s Amateur begins

Round 2 of Augusta National Women’s Amateur begins

Following Thursday's second round, the field of 72 is cut to 30 players.

NCAA champion Kupcho made birdies at the eighth, 14th, 15th and 18th as she went bogey-free for the opening round of the 54-hole event comprising of 72 of the best amateur players in the world. "She's a spring player, if you hadn't noticed".

While Loy is now 10 spots removed from being in a position to advance to the NBC-televised final round at the hallowed grounds of Augusta, she is just two strokes back of 30th, with Brooke Seay, Amanda Doherty and Chinese Taipei's Yu-Chiang Hou all tied for the final spot in Saturday's field at 2-over-par.

Kupcho overcame some nerves to share the lead.

Expressing her hope that women might some day play shots through Amen Corner in their own elite event, she said: "I don't know if you have to have a women's Masters, but I'd like to pipe dream and that would be the ultimate end point". Slama shot 37 on her final nine, making a birdie at 7.

Thursday, on the other side of the country, the women's first professional major of the season - the ANA Inspiration - kicks off at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

"Oh yes, they have it on livestream online", she said.

"It's probably the first ideal round I've played", she said.

Lopez, a victor of 48 LPGA tour events and three championships, said, "What an honor".

"I think this is the first time ever when I had no bogeys and hit 18 greens together ..."

"There are people within Augusta National that believe that women are worthy of this stage, and have bought into what this event could be".

The pessimistic view is that the Augusta amateur tournament steals eyeballs from the already limited number of sports fans who will attend or tune into watch the ANA Inspiration.

"I think women have always sought the big spotlight", said Paige MacKenzie, a former-top ranked amateur who will be part of NBC's coverage of the final round, during a conference call. 13 and 15, and he shared that watching patrons rise to their feet as he walked from the 15th green to the 16th tee was the best memory he's taken from Augusta National outside of his victorious walk to the 72nd green in 2015. "They shouldn't have to".

LPGA commissioner Michael Whan said on Tuesday that his team plans to discuss the scheduling once the dust settles. "I just kept rolling my putts and everything felt really good".

Alexa Pano, aged 14 is the youngest player in the championship.

Australian Julienne Soo struggled in the first round, carding nine-over 81 after covering her first nine in seven over.

Hey, you don't get to world No. 1 - and the head table - by aiming for the cut line. "I wasn't able to convert any birdies but I also didn't have many close looks at them".

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