Wake Forest sophomore Jennifer Kupcho finished tied for second individually in the NCAA Championships. The second place finish was the best in Wake Forest women’s golf history, and ends a bizarre year for Kupcho.
Kupcho led the tournament for much of the second and third round, and headed into the 17th hole with a 2 shot lead over Leona Maguire (Duke), and Monica Vaughn (Arizona State).
From 127 yards out on the 367 yard par four 17th, Kupcho needed to simply put it on the green to, at worst, make a bogey and hold a one shot lead going to 18.
Unfortunately, she picked the worst possible time to leave a shot short, dumping it into the water in front of the green en route to a triple bogey 7 that would push her into a tie with Maguire and one shot behind Vaughn.
Kupcho came into the tournament as the third ranked player in the nation, and will likely move up to second place to end the year.
It was a strange year for Kupcho and the Wake Forest women’s golf team as a whole, as it battled concussions, transfers, wrist injuries, and chest injuries throughout the season.
While it was without a doubt a disappointing finish for Kupcho to not take home the title, she had a fantastic year and represented Wake Forest better than any other golfer ever from a scoring standpoint.
Congratulations to Jennifer on her great year and we can’t wait to see what she, and the rest of the team, has in store for next year!