About the Augusta National Women's Invitational
The Augusta National Women’s Amateur
It’s an exciting time for women’s golf. Last year, Augusta National revealed the creation of the first ever Augusta National Women’s Amateur, starting in April 2019.
As Golf Digest reported “When Ridley announced the tournament - he expressed the hope that it could provide inspiration to girls and young women taking interest in golf to continue their development within the game."
Why is this important?
There is no other event like this for Women. Augusta has always been exclusively for The Masters and the men. Augusta National didn’t have any female members until 2012 when they invited Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore to become members - the first female members ever. In a short 7 years, they are now hosting their first ever Women’s event, hopefully setting the stage for more people to pay attention to women’s golf and create opportunities in the game, inspiring young women to start playing and keep playing.
What is the format?
It’s a 54 hole event. The first two rounds (Wednesday and Thursday) will be played at nearby Champions Retreat Golf Club. Then, all players will play a practice round at Augusta National on Friday and the final round will be played at Augusta National the Saturday before the Masters. The top 30 and ties will advance to the final round.
How do you get invited to play?
Invitations are earned to this prestigious event, with the following criteria (from anwagolf.com):
Invitations will be provided to the winners of the following recognized events: 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.
Future champions of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship will also receive an invitation for the following five years.
The top 30 players from the United States of America will be invited who are not otherwise qualified, based on the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking at the end of the 2018 calendar year.
After the previous qualifications, the next 30 highest ranked players not otherwise qualified will receive invitations, as listed on the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking at the end of the 2018 calendar year.
Remaining positions will be filled by invitation of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship Committee.
What does the winner get?
The winner gets a lot of invitations! They will receive an invitation to the next five Augusta National Women’s Amateurs, the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open, the 2019 Women’s British Open, and any USGA, R&A and PGA of America Amateur Championships, for which she is eligible for one year.
Can I watch this on TV?
NBC Sports will broadcast three hours of the final round! Be sure to tune in.
Who are some of the notable players confirmed to play?
Sierra Brooks – Current US superstar and member of the Florida Gators Women's Golf Team
Isabella Fierro – Mexican National Champion and soon to be member of the Oklahoma State Sooners Golf Team.
Maria Fassi – Senior standout player at University of Arkansas, 2018 Annika Player of the Year, and SEC player of the year
Dylan Kim – Top ranked player from University of Arkansas (playing alongside teammate Maria Fassi)
Fun Fact – the invitations are pretty special – Check out Sierra Brooks and her invite courtesy of the tournament instagram page.