The hopes of Jennifer Kupcho of Westminster adding the 2017 U.S. Women's Amateur title to the Canadian Women's Amateur championship she won last month ended on Wednesday when she lost in the round of 64 at San Diego Country Club.
Kupcho, the Women's NCAA runner-up who finished 21st last month at the U.S. Women's Open, fell in her first match to University of Arizona golfer Krystal Quihuis, the 11th seed in the match play bracket, 2 and 1.
Kupcho, seeded 54th, was 1 up through 11 holes, but Quihuis won three straight -- Nos. 12 and 13 with pars and No. 14 with a birdie. Kupcho, a three-time CWGA Player of the Year and a Wake Forest junior-to-be, took No. 15 with a par to go 1 down, but after a halve on 16, Quihuis ended the match with a par on 17 when Kupcho made bogey.
After being even-par through 10 holes, Kupcho went 4 over for the last seven holes. Quihuis, who recently won the Women's Trans National title, finished 3 over par for 17 holes.
Kupcho was the only player with strong Colorado ties to make match play at San Diego CC.
Before Kupcho returns to collegiate action at Wake Forest, she's scheduled to play Aug. 30-Sept. 1 in the CoBank Colorado Women's Open, where she finished runner-up in 2014.
U.S. Women's Amateur
At Par-72 San Diego CC
ADVANCED TO MATCH PLAY
46. Jennifer Kupcho of Westminster 75-74--149 (Lost in Round of 64)
FAILED TO ADVANCE TO MATCH PLAY
102. CSU golfer Katrina Prendergast 75-79--154
123. CU golfer Brittany Fan 78-79--157
130. Former Coloradan Elizabeth Wang 79-79--158
140. Mary Weinstein of Highlands Ranch 82-77--159
142. CSU golfer Ellen Secor 79-81--160
For all the scores from the U.S. Women's Amateur, CLICK HERE.