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Jefferson Academy grad Kupcho wins CoBank Colorado Women’s Open

Former NCAA champ sets tournament scoring mark

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The LPGA Tour may be on hiatus, but second-year tour pro Jennifer Kupcho still found a way this week to earn her first professional victory.

It came right near her own backyard.

Kupcho, a graduate of Jefferson Academy in Broomfield, fired a final-round 68 at Green Valley Ranch in Denver on Friday to win the CoBank Colorado Women’s Open, a three-round event that went on without fans amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kupcho’s three-round score of 16-under 200 was good enough to hold off Spain’s Carlota Cingata, who also shot a 68 on Friday but entered the final round three strokes back of Kupcho — a former NCAA champion and U.S. Women’s amateur champ.

In the second round Thursday, Kupcho shot a 7-under 65 and set a 36-hole scoring record for the tournament. She made birdies on six of her first nine holes in the opening round Wednesday, setting her up for a fantastic victory and a $50,000 prize.

Several amateur and pros with local ties also competed, including former CU Buff golfer and current tour pro Jenny Coleman, who finished fifth overall at 10-under 206. Other former CU golfers to make the cut after two rounds were Brittany Fan and Kristin Coleman, who finished 15th and 26th, respectively.

Competing as an amateur, Current CU golfer and Fairview grad Kelsey Webster finished 39th (5-over 221). Holy Family’s Hailey Schalk, who missed out on a chance to become Colorado’s first four-time state champion with the spring prep season canceled, shot 11-over 155 to finish 92nd.