American duo share lead at Augusta National Women's Amateur

Oregon State's Ellie Slama in contention to make the cut at Augusta National Women's Amateur after a first-round 75

Oregon State's Ellie Slama in contention to make the cut at Augusta National Women's Amateur after a first-round 75

Like Harford, she's enjoying the opportunity to play in the tournament and hoping she can continue to move up in Thursday's round. There will be no media or fans, but each player can bring a caddie and a walking guest of their choice. But Harford said today's round played more to her advantage than the cooler temperatures.

The Royal County Down golfer is now tied for 22nd and remains on course to feature in the final round. She finished 21st at the 2017 U.S. Women's Open.

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. "That's the first flawless round I've ever played", Kupcho said. "I'm definitely an introvert, so I'm going to have to become more outward and be able to talk to whoever comes up to me and carry on a conversation with them".

Alexa Pano, the 14-year-old from Florida who last month had a share of the lead going into the final round of a Symetra Tour event, had a wild day that ended with a 77.

"This round, I think this is the first time I've ever had no bogeys and hit 18 greens together", said Kupcho.

"Kaleigh was South Africa's first female golf Olympian and it's nearly poetic that she will also have the honour as the first South African woman to compete in this prestigious event".

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.

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The Oklahoma senior is one of four players representing Big 12 schools who qualified to play in the Women's Amateur Tournament in Augusta. "They shouldn't have to".

Australian youngster Julienne Soo's has struggled in the first round in the history-making Augusta National Women's Amateur.

LPGA commissioner Michael Whan said on Tuesday that his team plans to discuss the scheduling once the dust settles.

"This event should be really positive in helping other girls want to get good enough to play in it".

The event will conclude at the famous course just a week before the Masters.

Seventeen players in the field in Texas are set to compete at Augusta, but Ernie Els, Lucas Glover and Padraig Harrington are chasing a place along with former World No.1 Luke Donald. You can also find me on Instagram at Gerri_Willis.

Almost a decade later in 2012, in the face of mounting pressure, the club opened its doors, with former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and financier Darla Moore becoming the first women to don the iconic green jackets that distinguish members and Masters champions.

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