Depleted Kupcho achieves objective, prepared for break


NAPLES, Fla. – The objective for Jennifer Kupcho was to get to the CME Group Tour Championship. Presently that she’s here, a major piece of her can hardly wait for it to end.

In any event, for a 22- year-old new out of school, Kupcho has each motivation to be exhausted.

“I’m anticipating the finish of the competition,” Kupcho said. “I’m eager to play in it. It was my objective after I made it into Asia occasions, to get into the CME. In any case, I’m unquestionably drained.”

A NCAA champion as a lesser, Kupcho is best known for her back-nine charge to win the Augusta National Women’s Amateur the Saturday before the Masters. The exhibition was vital to such an extent that Golf Channel has delivered a one-hour review to be demonstrated Nov. 26.

Similarly amazing is the thing that carried her to Tiburon Golf Club.

Kupcho qualified for the LPGA visit a year ago and conceded her participation until she completed her profession at Wake Forest. She was No. 700 in the ladies’ reality positioning when she made her ace introduction May 30 at the U.S. Ladies’ Open.

That was the beginning of 18 competitions throughout the following five months, one less occasion than Nelly Korda played all year. The main competition Kupcho missed was a 54- opening occasion in Arkansas. She additionally got a three-week break in September around the Solheim Cup.

While she didn’t win, Kupcho had enough enormous weeks – generally her next in line finish in the last major, the Evian Championship – to make simply over $500,000, be No. 38 in the 60- player field at the Tour Championship and move to No. 52 on the planet.

The hardest part?

“The pressure of needing to recover my card and having such brief period to do it,” Kupcho said. “My body got drained rapidly. I wasn’t accustomed to playing that much.”

Adding to the trouble were all the new courses to learn. Kupcho routinely would play a training round on Tuesday pursued by the ace am, which means she burned through six out of seven days on the green for 18 weeks.

Maybe it was no happenstance that two of her best completes – a tie for fifth in the Marathon Classic and a tie for second at Evian – were competitions she had played before as a beginner. Her other top-10 was two weeks back when she tied for fourth at the Toto Japan Classic. She ascribed that to exhaustion, having played every one of the four occasions on the Asia swing to guarantee a spot in Naples.

“When I got the chance to Japan, I needed to get back home,” she said. “I believe that is the reason I played so well.”

Her new kid on the block season closes, yet the work proceeds. Kupcho will spend some portion of her offseason moving to Arizona, close enough to her underlying foundations in Colorado and the headquarter of hardware support Ping.

Doug Ferguson is a golf author for The Associated Press.

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