Augusta National Golf Club announced the creation of a new event for elite women’s amateur players this week. The Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship will be played each year the week prior to the Masters and will culminate with the final round taking place at Augusta National.
Places will be on offer to the winners of a range of events including the Ladies British Open Amateur Championship, the Girls Open Amateur Championship and the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific championship, which are run by The R&A, and through the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.
The 54-hole, stroke play tournament will feature an international field of 72 players.
In 2019, the first two rounds will take place at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta. After a cut to the lowest 30 scores, the final competitive round will take place at Augusta National on Saturday, April 6, when an amateur champion will be crowned for the first time ever at the home of the Masters.
The event is expected to be televised and will be distributed on digital platforms around the world.
The Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship is the latest effort announced by the Masters to inspire interest and participation in the game of golf, joining the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, the Latin America Amateur Championship and Drive, Chip and Putt, all of which are actively supported by the Tournament.