Best to come for Soo in Augusta

Posted by on April 04, 2019  /   Posted in golf news

Julienne Soo during the second round of the 2019 Augusta National Women & # 39; s Amateur.

A missed cut would normally suggest that it was a week to forget, but for Julienne Soo, memories of the 201a Augusta National Women & Amateur are looming.

A second round 77 followed yesterday's 81st and was not enough for the 22-year-old to qualify for the final round of Saturday at Augusta National, but there were signs of improvement & night.

"Many of the big numbers from the previous round were just really poor course management," Soo said.

"I could not explain the hill and the slope. That was mainly what got me into trouble."

Problems with yardages were exacerbated by some bad moves on Friday, but after birdies at seven and eight – and a close-miss for birdie at nine – Soo looked back to her best.

The Victorian putted the rear nine without luck and dropped a few shots on the flight home, but the appeal of Augusta National's practice round was enough to uphold Soo & # 39; s spirits.

"I can still play Augusta, which is nice," Soo said.

"We get the Augusta caddies, which is really cool. I will see some of my friends in the last round.

"I am psyched, I am not even angry about how bad I played this week. I can still play Augusta!"

Jennifer Kupcho is & # 39; the world's best female amateur and she still played like that at Champions Retreat on Friday.

After an opening 68, the 21-year-old extended her advantage to three strokes across the field with three birdies in her opening of 10 holes

But a couple of bogies on the 5th and 8th holes threw the Wake Forest senior back to 5-under for the tournament, meaning that her lead is only one with 18 holes to play.

"It was just a few bad swings followed by a few bad chips and putts," Kupcho said about her finish.

"I played a perfect round yesterday and you won't keep doing that."

The Mexican Maria Fassi played another round of 2-under-70, although it was far from boring, the 21-year-old notch of five birdies and an eagle to finally be second at 4-under.

And Soo's Floridian play partner, Sierra Brooks, is third in the rankings on a 3-under by fellow American Kaitlyn Papp and Thai Pimnipa Panthong.

But late in the day, all eyes were on the center of the standings, with a monster play-off needed to decide who would make the top 30 and earn a Saturday tee time at Augusta National.

Eleven players fought it out for ten places in the final round with nine making the par-4 10th to progress.

That let Italian Alessia Nobilio and Spaniard Ainhoa ​​Olarra and the 24-year-old from San Sebastian finish things in style, causing a 20-foot downhill birdie putt to flow down her ticket to Augusta

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