Augusta National to stage women’s amateur event in 2019

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The Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship will make its debut next year during the week prior to the Masters Tournament.

The 54-hole tournament will feature an international field of 72 players with the first two rounds taking place at Champions Retreat Golf Club. Following a cut to the top 30 players, the final round will take place at Augusta National Golf Club itself on April 6.

The winner will receive invitations to the 2019 US Women’s Open, 2019 Women’s British Open, plus any USGA, R&A and PGA of America amateur championships for which she is eligible for one year. She will also be invited for the next five Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championships.

The field will be made up of the winners of the US Women’s Amateur, Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship, Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific, US Girls’ Junior, Girls’ British Open Amateur Championship, Girls Junior PGA Championship, the top 30 American players on the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking who are not otherwise qualified, followed by the next 30 highest-ranked players not otherwise qualified. The remaining slots will be reseved for special invitations.

“Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts left behind a legacy of always trying to contribute meaningfully to the game of golf,” said Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament.

“The Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship embodies that principle, and we believe this event will have a significant and lasting impact on the future of the women’s game. 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.”

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