Augusta National Women's Amateur: Format, schedule, scores

Brigitte Thibault

Brigitte Thibault

The 4-over-par mark leaves Loy tied for 40th-place in the 72-player field going into Thursday's elimination round, with the top-30 two-day scores moving on to Saturday's final round at Augusta National Golf Club.

"Oh my God", he said, "we're at the head table".

"I'd like to think they would have one eventually". Another shot behind was Haley Moore, who made the winning putt at the NCAA previous year when Arizona captured the team title. "I wasn't able to convert any birdies but I also didn't have many close looks at them".

Kupcho dad is actually caddying for her these first two days.

"She's on fire again", Mike Kupcho said. "She's played with almost all of them, especially the Europeans".

And that continued here during the first round of qualifying - at least once she got past the first-tee nerves.

But Kupcho found the first fairway, hit all 18 greens and failed to make a single bogey on a day when only 14 players broke par. "I walked up, and everyone was very quiet, like not talking to each other at all".

Kupcho, a 21-year-old senior at Wake Forest, who has deferred joining the LPGA despite finishing second in the Q-Series last year, has been in fine form coming into the championship.

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But it will be remembered as a provocative flashpoint and the site of another small victory this week when the club hosts a women's tournament.

Last year Poulter was incorrectly told that reaching the quarter-finals of the Match Play was enough to get into the Masters via the world rankings, but after losing to Kevin Kisner in Austin the Ryder Cup star took matters into his own hands by winning the Houston Open in a play-off. Like Harford, she's enjoying the opportunity to play in the tournament and hoping she can continue to move up in Thursday's round.

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McDowell (above) arrives in Texas on the back of a first win since 2015 in the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship, but that did not earn a Masters invite as it was an opposite-field event played in the same week as the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

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.

"I'm still excited for tomorrow, feeling confident and need to just hit a little closer and keep up the good putting", she said.

Not surprisingly, Kupcho's expectations for herself are markedly higher.

"It just sounds so unreal", the world's No. 1 junior said this week.

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