Kupcho Greets Passengers at DIA

Kupcho at Wake Forest University
Photo by E.J. Carr

Augusta champion makes the cut as the “Welcome to Denver” voice.

By Jon Rizzi

Passengers shuttling between the gates and main terminal at Denver International Airport have become accustomed to “Welcome to Denver” messages from local celebrities.

To a list that includes Gov. John Hickenlooper, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and former Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, we can now add Jennifer Kupcho.

A recording by the Westminster native, who won the 2018 NCAA DI championship and 2019 Augusta National Women’s Amateur before turning professional last month, began airing on trains June 12.

“She’s completely earned the right,” says DIA’s Public Information Officer Alex Renteria. “She’s a star and we always like to surprise and delight our passengers with a familiar voice.”

Kupcho’s recording will be heard on all the trains for the next couple of weeks. In it, she says she’s played the most beautiful courses in the country but “Colorado is second to none.”

She also invites passengers to try the free mini-golf course that surrounds DEN’s 82,000-square-foot Park on the Plaza. Located between the main terminal and the Westin Hotel, the plaza features native Colorado trees and plants, lounge seating and corn hole.

The custom 18-hole course is open daily June 14 to July 14 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Participants simply visit the “DEN Clubhouse” for a putter, golf ball and scorecard. The course includes numerous challenging holes and obstacles.

There’s nothing “mini” about Kupcho’s game. Now putting for dough rather than show, she has made the cut in her first two professional events: the U.S. Women’s Open and the ShopRite LPGA Classic.


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