Thursday, April. 4, 2019
Evans, Ga--Moving day and cut day all in one at the Augusta National Women's Amateur. Most young ladies trying to move their way into contention while others, trying to make the cut and get a pair of rounds at Augusta National the next two days
Scoring conditions were a little tougher at Champions Retreat with the winds coming up and some tougher pin placements, but again, these girls are good and several were able to handle the heat. Jessica Kupcho remains on top of the board at five under but we saw several others make their move into the top 10. While only 30 will play on Saturday, all 72 in the field get tomorrow's practice round at the National and yes, they can't wait.
"I'm so excited, most of the anxiety is over I think. Now that I get to be there, and that was the goal coming into the week so I'm excited and can't wait to be at Augusta National" said Erica Shepherd
"I mean I'm a little shocked right now. I mean, I don't think it's something I ever imagined being able to have the opportunity to do. So coming off that last green and just setting in with my dad being there on the bag and us taking in the moment and realize I'm going to be going to Augusta" said Haylee Harford
One girl who turned things around was Clemson's Alice Hewson. A four over round yesterday and she knew afterwards she'd have to go low today, which she did. A 3 under 69 and puts her firmly in the top 30. The day ended with drama. 11 players tied for 10 spots tomorrow. And after two playoff holes it was South Carolina's Ainhoa Olarra knocking home a birdie putt and she's into the final 30.