Denver Golfer Zanusso Set to Make History at Augusta

In less than a week, we could be watching NBC on Saturday afternoon to see a DU golfer make the rounds at Augusta National Golf Course. It won’t be easy to make the cut of elite participants but either way, it will be a historic week for DU sophomore Anna Zanusso and the University of Denver.

All but two players in the top 30 of the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking are among the 85 players committed to compete in the March 31-April 3 championship at Augusta National Golf Club and Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia in the 2021 Augusta National Women’s Amateur. The list of players includes world No. 1 Rose Zhang, a Stanford signee who won last year’s U.S. Women’s Amateur, and Texas senior Kaitlyn Papp, who tied for fifth along with another returner, UCLA signee Zoe Campos, in the inaugural event in 2019, which was on by former Wake Forest star Jennifer Kupcho. And, of course, DU’s golf star Anna Zanusso will represent the University of Denver at the star-studded event.

This is the second edition of this event which was cancelled last year due to COVID-19. Zanusso was invited to participate last year and her invitation was carried over to this season. The first two rounds will be played at Champions course.

Zanusso told Colorado Golf  about the challenges of returning to golf post-COVID. “It was absolutely the longest time for me. It was kind of difficult because I practice almost every day for at least two or three hours. So being home without being able to even hit a golf ball was so difficult at first. I was really missing touching my golf clubs, seeing the ball fly. That’s why I was so happy when I went back on the golf course.”

“I can’t wait for the atmosphere at the event,” said Zanusso, who has never stepped foot on Augusta National Golf Club. “It’s going to be a really special tournament. I can’t wait to walk on those greens that I just saw on TV. The best players in the world play there. I also can’t wait to test my game on such a tough course.”

Joining Zanusso in Georgia — and serving as her personal rooting section — will be her head coach at DU, Lindsay Kuhle, and Anna’s dad and her coach from Italy.

“I think a realistic finish for her right now is to make the cut and play at Augusta National Golf Course on Saturday,” Kuhle said in an email. “That would be a dream come true for her, her coaches and family — and her team here at Denver supporting her from afar.”

Assuming Anna makes the cut against the best amateurs in the world, NBC Sports will broadcast three hours (noon-3 p.m. ET) of live final-round coverage of the event at Augusta National. The first two rounds will be played at Champions. It would be incredible to see a Pioneer make the rounds at historic Augusta National Golf Course.

The event features golf’s best amateurs from around the world. Here is the preliminary list:

  • Alyaa Abdulghany, Johor Bahru, Malaysia (9)
  • Ty Akabane, Honolulu, Hawaii (8)
  • Hanna Alberto, Kingwood, Texas (8)
  • Ho Yu An, Taoyuan City, Chinese Taipei (9)
  • Amari Avery, Riverside, Calif. (11)
  • Addie Baggarly, Jonesborough, Tenn. (8)
  • Jaravee Boonchant, Bangkok, Thailand (9)
  • Zoe Campos, West Hills, Calif. (11)
  • Abbey Carlson, Lake Mary, Fla. (8)
  • Hailee Cooper, Montgomery, Texas (11)
  • Allisen Corpuz, Honolulu, Hawaii (8)
  • Caterina Don, Turin, Italy (9)
  • Sadie Englemann, Austin, Texas (8)
  • Isabella Fierro, Merida, Mexico (11)
  • Karen Fredgaard, Asserbo, Denmark (11)
  • Annabell Fuller, London, England (11)
  • Megha Ganne, Holmdel, N.J. (8)
  • Sofia Garcia, Asuncion, Paraguay (11)
  • Amelia Garvey, Christchurch, New Zealand (9)
  • Ashley Gilliam, Manchester, Tenn. (8)
  • Linn Grant, Viken, Sweden (9)
  • Lauren Hartlage, Elizabethtown, Ky. (8)
  • Rachel Heck, Memphis, Tenn. (8)
  • Paris Hilinski, Los Angeles, Calif. (11)
  • Isabella Holpfer, Vienna, Austria (11)
  • Yu-Chiang (Vivian) Hou, Taipei, Chinese Taipei (9)
  • Yu-Sang Hou, Taipei, Chinese Taipei (9)
  • Lily May Humphreys, Chelmsford, England (9)
  • Julia Johnson, St. Gabriel, La. (8)
  • Tsubasa Kajitani, Okayama, Japan (9)
  • Gurleen Kaur, Houston, Texas (8)
  • Auston Kim, St. Augustine, Fla. (8)
  • Gina Kim, Albuquerque, N.M. (8)
  • Grace Kim, Sydney, Australia (11)
  • Paula Kirner, Lorsch, Germany (11)
  • Aline Krauter, Stuttgart, Germany (2)
  • Rachel Kuehn, Asheville, NC (8)
  • Agathe Laisne, Paris, France (9)
  • Ingrid Lindblad, Halmstad, Sweden (9)
  • Siyun Liu, Shanghai, China (9)
  • Carolina Lopez-Chacarra, Madrid, Spain (9)
  • Clarisse Louis, Brussels, Belgium (11)
  • Candice Mahe, Gourin, France (11)
  • Lucie Malchirand, Carnoux, France (9)
  • Brooke Matthews, Rogers, Ark. (8)
  • Julie McCarthy, Dublin, Ireland (11)
  • Olivia Mehaffey, Banbridge, Northern Ireland (9)
  • Alexa Melton, Covina, Calif. (11)
  • Emilia Migliaccio, Cary, N.C. (8)
  • Kaitlin Milligan, Norman, Okla. (11)
  • Michaela Morard, Hunstville, Ala. (8)
  • Benedetta Moresco, Vicenza, Italy (9)
  • Malia Nam, Kailua, Hawaii (8)
  • Brianna Navarrosa, San Diego, Calif. (8)
  • Alessia Nobilio, Milan, Italy (9)
  • Tristyn Nowlin, Richmond, Ky. (11)
  • Emilie Alba Paltinieri, Milan, Italy (9)
  • Alexa Pano, Lake Worth, Fla. (8)
  • Pimnipa Panthong, Nakhon Sawan, Thailand (9)
  • Kaitlyn Papp, Austin, Texas (8)
  • Ana Peláez Triviño, Malaga, Spain (9)
  • Kiira Riihijarvi, Oulu, Finland (9)
  • Brooke Riley, Manteca, Calif. (11)
  • Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, Carqueiranne, France (9)
  • Amanda Sambach, Davidson, N.C. (8)
  • Megan Schofill, Monticello, Fla. (8)
  • Paula Schulz-Hanssen, St. Leon-Rot, Germany (9)
  • Aneka Seumanutafa, Emmitsburg, Md. (8)
  • Erica Shepherd, Greenwood, Ind. (11)
  • Ellie Slama, Salem, Ore. (8)
  • Katherine Smith, Detroit Lakes, Minn. (8)
  • Emma Spitz, Vienna, Austria (9)
  • Maja Stark, Skivarp, Sweden (9)
  • Kennedy Swann, Austin, Texas (8)
  • Kaleigh Telfer, Johannesburg, South Africa (11)
  • Brigitte Thibault, Montreal, Canada (11)
  • Emily Toy, Carlyon Bay, England (11)
  • Nanako Ueno, Hirakata, Japan (9)
  • Beatrice Wallin, Gothenburg, Sweden (9)
  • Isobel Wardle, Alderley Edge, England (11)
  • Kenzie Wright, McKinney, Texas (8)
  • Lei (Angelina) Ye, Shanghai, China (5)
  • Anna Zanusso, Castelfranco Veneto, Italy (11)
  • Agustina Zeballos, Buenos Aires, Argentina (11)
  • Rose Zhang, Irvine, Calif. (1)

Qualifications for Invitation to the 2021 Augusta National Women’s Amateur

  • 1. Reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur champion
  • 2. Reigning Ladies’ British Open Amateur champion
  • 3. Reigning Women’s Asia-Pacific Amateur champion
  • 4. Reigning Girls’ British Open Amateur champion
  • 5. Reigning U.S. Girls’ Junior champion
  • 6. Reigning Girls Junior PGA champion
  • 7. Past champions of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur within the last five years
  • 8. The 30 highest ranked players from the United States of America based on the prior year’s (2020) final Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking, not otherwise qualified
  • 9. After qualifications 1-8 above, the 30 highest ranked players not otherwise qualified, as listed on the prior year’s (2020) final Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking
  • 10. Players receiving special invitations of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Committee
  • 11. After qualifications 1-10 above, players that accepted invitations to the 2020 Augusta National Women’s Amateur, not otherwise qualified

Photo: Courtesy University of Denver Athletics

3 thoughts on “Denver Golfer Zanusso Set to Make History at Augusta”

  1. Anna is rounding into shape and her low scores will return. The Pandemic Italy Lockdown/layoff and the cold snowy Denver winter is the issue. Still, she’s better than most and will make Pio fans proud at Augusta.

    1. To their credit though – they do get out there in some pretty cold temps in the earmuffs and pullovers to practice

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