NorCal Players Set for Augusta National Women’s Amateur
March 26, 2019
Folsom’s Emilee Hoffman and Stanford standout Andrea Lee will be the Northern California representatives when the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur gets underway April 3-6.
Forty of the world’s top 50 women’s amateurs, including five of the top 10, will tee up in the championship. Hoffman, a junior at the University of Texas, formerly competed regularly on the Junior Tour of Northern California. The now 21-year-old junior advanced to the Round of 16 at the U.S. Women’s Amateur and dominated the Women’s Western Golf Association’s National Amateur Championship. Lee, a freshman at Stanford, played on both the 2016 and 2018 U.S. Curtis Cup squads.
The first two rounds of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur will be played at the Champions Retreat Golf Club. The final round takes place at famed Augusta National in Augusta, Georgia, home of the Masters Tournament. The international field will compete over 54 holes of stroke play, with a cut to 30 players taking place after 36 holes
The championship will air on NBC Sports on April 6, a week before the Masters.
The Augusta National Women’s Amateur event was established ”to inspire greater interest and participation in the women’s game by creating a new, exciting and rewarding pathway for players to fulfill their dreams,” according to the PGA.
Lucy Li of Redwood Shores was eligible to play but withdrew.