Jennifer Kupcho of the United States has won the Mark H McCormack Medal as the leading player in the women’s 2018 World Amateur Golf Ranking™ (WAGR™).
The 21-year-old will be awarded exemptions as an amateur into the 2019 US Women’s Open and Women’s British Open.
Kupcho had a fantastic year after winning the 2018 NCAA Division I individual championship as well as earning a place on the United States team for the Curtis Cup. A rising senior at Wake Forest University, Kupcho earned five collegiate wins, including an NCAA Regional victory, while setting the school record with a 70.6 scoring average during her junior year.
Kupcho spent a total of five weeks as the leading player in the women’s WAGR™ this year and has featured regularly in the top three over the past two years.
“It’s a really big honour to get this medal,” said Kupcho. “Obviously it’s been a long stretch of hard work and it’s great to see it pay off and to have the pride of coming out on top. I’m looking forward to the next college season.”
Kupcho is the first Wake Forest women’s golfer to be awarded the Honda Sport Award, presented annually by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) to top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. She earned first-team WGCA All-American honours for the second straight year and was one of three finalists for the ANNIKA Award, annually given to the most outstanding women’s player of the year. Earlier this summer, Kupcho finished T16 at the LPGA’s Marathon Classic.
After posting a 3-1-1 mark in the United States’ Curtis Cup victory over Great Britain and Ireland at Quaker Ridge, Kupcho has also been selected by the USGA to represent the United States in the 2018 Espirito Santo Trophy at the World Amateur Team Championships being played at Carton House near Dublin, Ireland, later this month.
Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development at The R&A, said, “Jennifer has produced a very high standard of golf over the past year and her excellent results make her a worthy winner of the McCormack Medal. She is following in the footsteps of a number of outstanding woman golfers and we would like to congratulate Jennifer on this fantastic achievement.”
“On behalf of the USGA, our most sincere congratulations to Jennifer Kupcho for earning the esteemed McCormack Medal,” said John Bodenhamer, USGA senior managing director of Championships. “Not only has Jennifer put together a remarkable individual season, highlighted by her NCAA Championship win, but she also represented the USA with respect, talent and passion during the Curtis Cup Match. We look forward to watching her do the same as a member of our World Amateur Team.
The R&A and the USGA jointly award the McCormack Medal each year. It is named after Mark H McCormack who founded sports marketing company IMG and was a great supporter of amateur golf.
The World Amateur Golf Ranking™, which is supported by Rolex, was established in 2007 when the men’s ranking was launched. The men’s ranking encompasses more than 2,700 counting events, ranking 6,200 players from 106 countries. The women’s ranking was launched in 2011 and has a calendar of more than 1,850 counting events with more than 2,850 ranked players from 78 countries.