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Apr 04, 2019

Hewson Makes Cut at Augusta National Women’s Amateur

Augusta, Ga. — Clemson senior Alice Hewson fired a three-under-par 69 on Thursday at Champions Retreat in Augusta, Georgia and qualified for the final round of the first Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship. Hewson is one of 30 women’s amateur golfers who will play the final round at The Augusta National Golf Club on Saturday. The final round will be shown on national television by NBC Sports.

Hewson finished tied for 11th among the field of the top 72 women’s amateur golfers in the world.

Hewson shot a 76 in the first round and stood in 40th place, two shots off the 30-player cutline.  After and opening nine of two-under-par 34 on Wednesday, the native of England had difficulty on the back nine, as she shot a six-over par 42.

Playing the back nine first on Thursday, Hewson improved by 10 shots and shot a four-under-par 32, the best nine-hole score by any player on the back nine over the first two rounds. The three-time All-ACC player improved her score on eight of the nine holes on the back nine and made five birdies, also a high for any player on the back nine in the first two rounds.

Hewson made birdies on the 12th 14th, 15th, 17 and 18th holes on the way to her score of 32. That includes a three shot improvement on the par five 14th hole as she scored a double bogey seven in the first round, then made a birdie on Thursday. Her only blemish was a bogey on the par four 16th hole.

Hewson played consistently on the front nine, her last nine of the day, as she made eight pars and a bogey to finish with a 37 on the front and 69 for the day.


Head Coach Kelley Hester on Alice Hewson’s Round Today:

“Unfortunately I wasn’t able to be in Augusta today due to tournament prep for our Clemson Invitational, however [Hewson] says she was able to build on the positives from round 1. She was pleased to start on the back nine after finishing poorly on that nine on Wednesday. Her 10 shot improvement on that nine is due to a productive range session with her teaching pro back home post round 1. She felt confident headed into the round today and took advantage of easier hole locations on the par 5s.”


Alice Hewson on Today’s Round:

“It was a really great day out there today. I worked hard with my coach on the range after my round yesterday and sorted out a few things which gave me more confidence going into today.

I got off to a good start and I think that was important given I was t40 going into the day. I played a bit more conservatively on the back 9 because the wind really got up and so the stretch of holes along the water were really tough.”


Alice Hewson on Saturday’s Round at Augusta National: 

“Being among the first 30 women to play competitively at Augusta is just incredible and an opportunity no one will ever have again. I’m looking forward to checking the course out tomorrow and making a good plan for Saturday. Hopefully the weather moves around us so we can have a great day on Saturday!”

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