ETSU's Loy misses cut at Augusta National Women's Amateur

Woods celebrates his Tour Championship victory

Striking blows for gender equality with every swing at former men-only enclave Augusta National Golf Club, women golfers competed for a trophy for the first time on Saturday at the home of the Masters.

At a club that opened in 1933 but didn´t admit its first women members until 2012, LPGA legends Pak Se Ri, Annika Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa and Nancy Lopez hit ceremonial shots off the first tee to launch the historic final round of the inaugural Augusta National Women´s Amateur.

The first competitive round played by women at Augusta National attracted a large crowd but it was not the typical gallery seen at the Masters.

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.

American Zoe Campos, who at 16 is one of the youngest players in the field, started the day in a share of the lead but mixed six bogeys with three birdies for a three-over 75 that left her four shots behind Kupcho.

After pars at 17, Kupcho would close out the historic round in style by rolling in a long range birdie putt at the last to seal a comfortable victory. The event is 54 holes of stroke play, with a cut to 30 players taking place after 36 holes. She narrowly cleared the rock-framed creek on the par-3 eighth and chipped poorly for another bogey, and she had to make a 4-footer on the par-4 ninth to avoid another dropped shot. She three-putted the 10th to fall two behind, and sat on a bench at the 11th tee to gather herself. From 211 yards with a 3-hybrid, she took dead aim and the shot settled 6 feet above the hole for eagle.

Disaster struck, though, when Loy followed up two pars on her back nine with a bogey, double-bogey, and another bogey, making a push back to cut-line contention almost impossible.

"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 know we're going to be battling in the future".

That's what Kupcho hopes young people took out of the moment, as much as women playing at Augusta.

"It's going to be a tight race all the way to the finish", Kupcho said. "Obviously, I didn't make any, and I didn't really give myself an opportunity".

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