USC's Allisen Corpuz, Alexa Melton Make Cut At Augusta National Women's Amateur
Allisen Corpuz made her second consecutive Augusta National Women's Amateur cut at 4-over and will be joined in Saturday's final round by sophomore Alexa Melton who finished at 6-over, the duo conquering more tough conditions Thursday (April 1) at Champions Retreat G.C.
They will be part of a 30-woman field that will play on famed Augusta National on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. ET with live coverage on NBC starting at 12 p.m. ET.
Corpuz finished 36 holes at 4-over 148 (74-74), tied for 14th and is 5 out of first. Melton, who kicked off the tournament with the first tee shot Wednesday, was part of an eight-player contingent tied for 21st at 6-over after her rounds of 76 and 74.
Corpuz advancing to the 2019 final round via a playoff, but was safely inside the cut today. She tied for 17th overall in her first appearance. She's excited for the second go at it Saturday.
"I'm preparing myself to have more people than I'm used to out there," Corpuz said. "There's definitely going to be nerves, but I think just knowing what it felt like two years ago, I'll be a little better prepared for it.
"Hopefully, I'll just get some better reads out there. I didn't quite read putts as well as I'd hoped to two years ago. So a little more familiarity with the greens hopefully will help."
Melton had to bow out of the 2019 Augusta National Women's Amateur with an injury and was part of the 2020 field unable to play. But the third time was the charm for her with an assist from USC Assistant Coach Katie Woodruff who served as her caddie.
"Today was intense. Conditions were tough and a lot was on the line," Melton said. "I knew if I just played consistent and smart, it would all be good. Katie helped a ton. She was the brains behind it all, calculated my distances, kept me relaxed. I definitely wouldn't have made the cut without her."
A handful of other Trojans were in the hunt to make the cut, but fell short. Junior Malia Nam (74-79) and senior Amelia Garvey (76-77) tied for 39th at 9-over 153.
Freshman Brianna Navarrosa tied for 60th at 12-over 156 (77-79) and senior Alyaa Abdulghany tied for 74th at 17-over 161 (83-78).