Every athlete in every sport has that stretch they'd like to have back.

No matter how hard they try, the can't snap out of their funk quick enough.

For former Jefferson Academy state champion golfer Jennifer Kupcho, it has happened, but the longest stretch has maybe been two or three holes at a time.

Kupcho's remarkable run on the links has continued into her first season at Wake Forest in North Carolina, where she was the lone Demon Deacon to qualify for the NCAA Championships last month in Oregon.

But before she went to Eugene, she made a stop back home and on May 16 at Westminster's Heritage Westmoor and miserable conditions qualified for the U.S. Open in July at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, California.

"I'm so excited for that," said Kupcho, whose brother Steven will travel with her and carry the bag.

It will be a glimpse of what the future could hold for Kupcho, who won the Colorado Women's Golf Association's Match Play championship in Aurora on Thursday in dominant fashion, beating Jaylee Tait of Littleton 12 and 10.

Kupcho's lifelong goal of playing on professional golfs biggest stages will become a reality, but she is keeping a level head and her goals realistic.

"I definitely want to make the cut and that is definitely the big goal," Kupcho said. "As an amateur, there are not really a lot of expectations for you and you can just go out and play."

Kupcho will get a chance to play a couple of rounds at CordeValle in the lead-up to the championship.


Just four days after qualifying for the U.S. Open, Kupcho — who admitted the transition to the college game and being on the other side of the country was initially a challenge — was in Eugene, Oregon for the NCAA Championships.

After figuring out the whole DI thing around the start of the second semester, she capped her freshman campaign with a sixth place finish at Eugene Country Club, firing a 5-under par score of 283 over the four days.

"It would have been nice to have the whole team there, but its was just as fun to be there with my coaches and playing as an individual," said Kupcho, who watched Duke's Virginia Elena Carta win by eight shots with a 16-under par score. "It was definitely an experience to get there as a freshman."

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