The inaugural Hale Irwin Medal recipients are Jennifer Kupcho, a resident of Westminster and reigning NCAA Division I women’s champion Dale Douglass, a product of Fort Morgan who is best known for his win in the 1986 U.S. Senior Open. The medal, to be awarded at a special dinner at The Broadmoor Hotel Saturday, Nov. 23, recognizes Colorado’s outstanding golfers who exhibit competitiveness, resiliency and a proven record of winning.
Irwin, a product of Boulder High School and the University of Colorado was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1992 just two years following his third U.S. Open win. That win continues to set Irwin apart as the oldest U.S. Open Champion in history (45) and one of only six players in history to win three or more Open titles. Speaking of “45,” that is also the number of wins Irwin accumulated during his career on the PGA Tour Champions—a record that also still stands.
Kupcho, a product of the Colorado Golf Association’s Hale Irwin Player program, will be among a field of 72 international amateur players vying to become the first ever winner of the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur April 3-6. The first 36 holes will be contested over two days at Champions Retreat Golf Club located outside Augusta in Evans, Georgia April 3-4. Following the 36-hole cut, the final competitive round will take place at Augusta National Golf Club Saturday, April 6.
Two members of the Hale Irwin Player Program will compete in the national Drive, Chip, & Putt Championship being held Sunday, April 7, before the 83rd playing of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club. Hale Irwin Players representing the CGA are Caitlyn Chin (2016 National Finalist) of Greenwood Village in the girls age 10-11 division and Chunya “Bead” Boonta, of Centennial in the girls age 12-13 division.
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