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Sunday, April 4, 2021

Congratulations, Tsubasa Kajitani!

I had to take a moment to congratulate the new 2021 Augusta National Women's Amateur champion, Tsubasa Kajitani.

2021 ANWA champion Tsubasa Kajitani

Tsubasa was the youngest player in the 30-woman field that made the Saturday finals at Augusta, only 17 years old. She and Emilia Migliaccio weren't expected to be the ones to play off against each other, but both of them survived the weather and pressure of the event when the favorites fell away. Like Kupcho and Fassi, they'll be the names we remember from this second playing of the Augusta National Women's Amateur. What a finish!

Obviously both women deserve congratulations but the moment belongs to Tsubasa and there's no telling what effect it will have on Japanese women's golf going forward. Tsubasa said that lately there had been a bit of a downturn in the sport for women in Japan. I think that trend is about to be reversed.

And don't sleep on Emilia's future. Being runner-up in this event, especially given the caliber of players who didn't get it done, isn't going to hurt her career either.

What a great start to Masters Week!

1 comment:

  1. Speaking of Japan, Mone Inami blitzed the field with 5 birdies on the back 9, overcoming a 3 shot deficit to win the Yamaha Ladies Open at Katsuragi on the JLPGA by 1 shot.