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Round One at Augusta Complete

Round One at Augusta Complete

AUGUSTA, Ga. — With a historic number of Cardinal in the field, top-ranked Stanford women’s golf shined during the opening round of the 2024 Augusta National Women’s Amateur. Five Cardinal find themselves above the cut line through the first round, with the field shrinking at the conclusion of Thursday’s second round.
Putting the field on notice from the opening tee was incoming Cardinal Nora Sundberg, who made history on the front nine Wednesday. Sundberg was tied for the lead through nine holes after shooting 4-under. Prior to Wednesday, no golfer in the history of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur had shot 4-under through the first nine holes. However, Sundberg was joined by Ashley Menne and Kiara Romero in accomplishing that feat.

Still, Sundberg was able to put herself in a great spot to advance following the second round. She finished with a 2-under 70 in her debut at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, which put her tied for 12th.
Joining Sundberg at 2-under was Megha Ganne, who returned to the event for the fourth time in her young career. Ganne had one of her most steady rounds of the entire season on Wednesday, with birdies on the third and 14th holes, and avoiding any bogeys. She is no stranger to the stage at Augusta, having been a finalist four times in the Drive, Chip and Putt event that takes place at Augusta National.
The biggest improvement of the day came from Rachel Heck, who was over par through her first nine holes, but then fired off three birdies on the back half of her day to finish with a 1-under 71, tying her first 21st overall. Heck has thrived on this stage before, finishing in a tie for third in the 2021 Augusta National Women’s Amateur, and is in line to see the Augusta greens again on Saturday.

Stanford has the defending champion of the event, after Rose Zhang beat Jenny Bae in a two-hole playoff one year ago to win the fourth installment of the event. Ganne joined Zhang in the final round after making the…


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