Three standout amateurs of the six in the field made the cut at the Amundi Evian Championship.
Those three are No. 1-ranked amateur Rose Zhang; French star Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, who is ranked sixth on the World Amateur Golf Rankings but held the No. 1 spot for 34 weeks in 2020; and this year's Augusta National Women’s Amateur champion Tsubasa Kajitani.
Zhang won the U.S Girls' Junior Championship last week to become the first player to win the U.S. Women's Amateur before the Girls' Junior. The next day, Zhang got on a plane for Evian, France. She shot 72-69 to finish inside the cut line and was one stroke behind Kajitani, who led the ams going into the weekend.
“This is my first time playing in a major overseas and it’s such a cool experience being able to play at such a scenic venue like Evian,” said Zhang, who received an exemption into the Evian Championship after her 2020 U.S. Amateur win. “I have always looked forward to testing my game against the pros and this week, it has really inspired me to stay driven on making myself improve even further.”
Roussin-Bouchard qualified for the 2019 Evian Championship after finishing runner-up in the LET Jabra Ladies Open, but missed the cut, shooting 87-78. Determined to make it to the weekend this time around, Roussin-Bouchard squeezed inside the cut line even with a triple-bogey on the par-5 15th to shoot 3-over 74. She was even par for the tournament.
“I've really upped the way I’ve been practicing. It’s a structure that I love," Roussin-Bouchard told the LPGA on Thursday. “Playing in front of the French public is special, as well."
Roussin-Bouchard, Zhang and Kajitani will battle for the low-amateur medal this weekend while the players close to the top will try to knock Jeongeun Lee6 from her three-shot lead.