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Amateur Ashley Shaw, 15, is exempt from the LPGA Cognizant Founders Cup
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Amateur Ashley Shaw, 15, is exempt from the LPGA Cognizant Founders Cup

Amateur Ashley Shaw, 15, is exempt from the LPGA Cognizant Founders Cup

May 8, 2024

from Golfweek



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Amateur Ashley Shaw, 15, is exempt from the LPGA Cognizant Founders Cup

Ashley Shaw (LPGA photo)

Ashley Shaw is not one to shy away from the moment. This became clear during a wonderful press conference prior to the tournament during the Cognizant Founders Cup. While all eyes are on world No. 1 Nelly Korda this week, who looks to become the first player in LPGA history to win a sixth straight start, Shaw is enjoying her own piece of history as she takes the feat in her first LPGA event.

The 15-year-old shot a 1-over 73 on Monday at the Cognizant tournament course, Upper Montclair Country Club in Clifton, New Jersey, to lead a field of eight in the John Shippen Cognizant Cup. The two-stroke victory earned her exemption into the LPGA event.

“It was a little cold out,” Shaw said, “but I could just feel it in the air, it was going to be a good day. However it turned out, I was going to have fun.”

Shaw, from Litchfield Park, Arizona, started playing LPGA-USGA Girls Golf at age 7 at The First Tee of Phoenix and has played at Steph Curry’s Underrated Golf in recent years.

“I won the first year and last year I made the top 3,” Shaw said, “so I’m going to London in about two weeks to represent the Underrated Tour as an ambassador for them.”

Through Underrated Golf, Shaw also met Mariah Stackhouse, who was in the field Monday and shot 75 to take a share of second place with Georgia Oboh. Because Shaw is an amateur and could not accept prize money, Stackhouse and Oboh each took home $7,250.

View Beth Ann Nichols’ full article on Golfweek.