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Isabella Fierro lines up her shot at Hole 1 at Day 1 of the Cowgirl Classic at Karsten Creek on October 22, 2020 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Isabella Fierro gets to relive her favorite memory from Augusta National this year.

For some, playing Augusta is a once in a lifetime opportunity, for Fierro her trips came as a part of one the most prestigious women amateur events, the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.

Those lucky enough to play the course have varying best memories, for Fierro hers is simple, stepping onto the first tee and seeing her family.

The green envelope which arrived at Karsten Creek addressed to the OSU junior let her know that she will get to play the event for her third time thanks to her Amateur ranking, which she ranks No. 47.

Fierro has missed the cut both times she has played the event.

“It’s just a huge opportunity and it shows us how much women’s golf has grown,” Fierro said. It gives me chills every time I think about it. It’s going to be an honor and I’m excited to tee off on the first hole.”

The event, which runs from March 30- April 2, is in its third event, after beginning in 2019, but not being played in 2020. Coach Greg Robertson agrees the event shows the growth of women’s golf.

“It’s incredible that opportunity they are giving them,” Robertson said. “I was there for the very first one because we had a couple of players from Kent State play in it. I don’t know if they will have full attendance this year or not, I don’t believe they did last year because of COVID, but I think there were some 20,000 people out there watching the final round three years ago.”

Fierro won individual honors at the Cowgirls most recent event, the Columbia Classic. She posted a final tally of 2-under-par for the tournament. Fierro’s title clinching put came on the first green, her 16th hole of the final round. She sunk a birdie putt to clinch the solo lead eventually finishing with the trophy in hand.

“It’s just taking it one shot at a time,” Fierro said. “It was just really important to stay patient out there. We had a lot of adversities in our way, so I was just admiring the view and keeping myself focused and calm.”

The Cowgirls next event is Feb. 21-22 in Humble, Texas at the ICON Invitational. Fierro will headline the Cowgirls lineup along with Maddison Hinson-Tolchard, Lianna Bailey, Clemence Martin and Han-Hsuan Yu. The Cowgirls finished third at the event in 2021 with Rina Tatematsu capturing individual honors.

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