Jennifer Kupcho wins first Augusta National Women’s Amateur

• American shoots excellent 67 to prevail by four shots
• Club loudly trumpets progress after inaugural event

It was all very sedate and ever so slightly staged. This felt more like an exhibition than a golf tournament. Which, being cynical, may have been precisely what it was – a demonstration by Augusta National Golf Club that prejudicial antics can be considered a thing of the past. For Jennifer Kupcho, the prize: she became the first winner of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.

After two rounds at arm’s length – the Champions Retreat in Evans, to be precise – women took to Augusta in a competitive environment for the first time. Whatever one’s perspective, this was a notable point in golf history. Augusta was of a mind to portray it as one giant leap forward for womankind.

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