Facebook Twitter Pinterest Gmail In a truly path breaking moment in golf history, Augusta National has announced a new amateur women’s tournament that will kick off in 2019. The first two rounds of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship will take place at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta, and the final round will be […]
In a truly path breaking moment in golf history, Augusta National has announced a new amateur women’s tournament that will kick off in 2019. The first two rounds of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship will take place at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta, and the final round will be held on the legendary greens of Augusta National the weekend before the Masters.
The Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship will feature 72 elite golfers from around the world. Winners from the U.S. Women’s Amateur, Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship, Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific, U.S. Girls’ Junior, Girls’ British Open Amateur Championship, Girls Junior PGA Championship, as well as top players on the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking, will receive invitations to play.
The announcement of the new tournament is a truly defining moment in the golfing world and is a highly welcome step. It is undoubtedly a radical move for Augusta National. The club is famous for the slow pace of its policy changes and only welcomed female members about 80 years after its inception.
According to Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley, the Augusta National name has always stood for a legacy of contributing meaningfully to the sport, and the women’s championship tournament is likely to have a significant impact on the future of golf, especially golfing for women in the country. Obviously, the announcement of the championship has been welcomed by women golfers, professionals and majors alike. Not only does this give female amateur golfers a major platform, but it also provides a solid boost to golf as a sport, especially among younger golfers. Girls’ golfing is already one of the fastest growing areas in the sport.
The impact of the August National Women’s Amateur Championship is likely to be felt not just in the United States but also across the board. Female golfers across the world now have one more lofty ambition to set their sights on. All over the world, more and more teenagers are entering the sport, and the announcement of the championship will only bolster those numbers further. This can be nothing but good for the game.