April 4, 2018
Augusta National Women’s Amateur Announced
Women are now welcome to compete at Augusta National Golf Club.
On Wednesday, Fred Ridley, the club’s new chairman, announced the establishment of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship. The event will bring the top 72 women’s amateur players in the world to Augusta beginning next year.
“We are always looking for new ways to benefit and impact the game,” Ridley said. “We start with the premise and reality that we are very blessed to have the resources to do that. I met with senior staff in October and said I thought this was the right time to do this, right time for the women’s game. I wanted to do this and I wanted to do it here.”
LPGA legend Annika Sorenstam applauded the announcement.
“I think this is fantastic for women’s golf,” she said. “It doesn’t get much better than that.”
The final round of the tournament will be held at Augusta National the Saturday (April 6) before the Masters, Ridley said. The first 36 holes will be held at nearby Champions Retreat.
Among the players who will receive an exemption into the Augusta National Women’s Amateur will be the winner of this year’s U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship, slated for July 16-21 at Poppy Hills GC.