Women amateurs will play Augusta National in 2019. How did that happen?

Posted April 07, 2018

The former LSU golfer who has played in nearly 20 USGA events has watched her husband play several practice rounds at ANGC but has never played the course.

It will be the first time since the club opened in 1933 that a women's tournament has been held at the venue, with Augusta previously coming under heavy criticism for its lack of inclusiveness.

Fred Ridley, now the chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, at the Green Jacket Ceremony a year ago.

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Fred Ridley, Masters Tournament chairman, announced Wednesday that the club will host the Augusta National Women's Amateur Championship next spring with the Saturday final on April 6, the week before the Masters.

His rounds of 72-74 took him to two over par, and the 1992 champion has now made the cut in 30 of his 33 starts at Augusta.

"We believe this event will have a long-lasting impact on the game", Ridley said. Winners from various recognized amateur championships, including the United States Women's Amateur, will be invited along with numerous highest ranked women in the world amateur golf ranking.

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"Our hope and expectation is that this event will further energize those who already love the sport and inspire others through the dream of competing at Augusta National". I just felt it was time to do that. Mostly sunny skies will allow temperatures to climb into the upper 70s F (23-26 C), with light winds in the morning and just a bit brisker winds, nearing 10 miles per hour, in the afternoon.

"It's never going to affect my golf, so I'm fine".

"What a platform", Brennan said. A chance to play in a new national championship at Augusta National might stem the rising tide of adolescents by making the amateur option more appealing.The change may also persuade more female college golfers to remain in school, since there is a new title to chase. It's smart because they need women to play the game of golf to showcase women, to get them involved in the sport. Unless you stand on the 12th and 11th and you get a big wind switch, that's when obviously it's going to get tricky.

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