Annika Sorenstam takes part in the First Tee ceremony prior to the final round of the Augusta National Women's Amateur on Saturday. Sorenstam and her daughter walked with the final group.
World women´s amateur number one Kupcho teed off on 5-under par with a one-stroke lead over Mexico´s Maria Fassi, a University of Arkansas senior, and American Kaitlyn Papp.
"I started out strong and was hitting the ball really well", Kupcho said.
"We had a discussion if it was better to have a local caddie tomorrow but I want to stick with our plan I think it is great that he is here, he knows me more than anyone". On Thursday, she eagled the toughest hole on the golf course - the par-5 14th where she chipped in from 40 yards - and made an additional five birdies, but also mixed in five bogeys.
Fassi, Kupcho's good friend and the 2018 ANNIKA Award victor as the top female collegiate golfer, birdied two of her final three holes to record a second consecutive round of two-under 70 for a four-under-par 140 total through two rounds. Instead, it came out with a sharp draw, with enough distance to roll by the pin just over the back, setting up a birdie.
English golfers Annabel Fuller, 16, and Lily-May Humphreys, 17, both failed to make the cut but they will get to experience Augusta National in Friday's practice round.
Tied again, she delivered the victor with a 7-iron on the par-3 16th that caught the ridge and fed down to the hole.
That moment of magic helped turn a two-shot lead into a four-shot cushion, leaving Kim at 12 under with two to play. "The ending wasn't what I would have liked".
Along the way, their friendship and sportsmanship was on full display.
Mehaffey mixed four birdies with as many bogeys in her second round to comfortably secure her place at Augusta tomorrow, now in a tie for 11th.
Meanwhile, young Thai talent Sadom Kaewkanjana held his nerve on Saturday to become the fastest qualifying school graduate to win on the Asian Tour when he clinched the Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open by one shot.
"It's just unbelievable. It's just great to be able to do that", Kupcho said. "It is fun. So to make it look that way for everyone watching, I hope it encourages people to pick up a club and go play".