Augusta National announces creation of Women's Amateur Championship

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06 April, 2018

Ridley, who won the 1975 U.S. Amateur Championship, is the first Augusta National Chairman who played in the Masters, having done so from 1976-78.

Augusta National Golf Club has had a reputation of keeping with tradition even to the point of being stubborn about that.

The "Augusta National Women's Amateur" will be a three round amateur tournament open to amateur female golfers the weekend before the men's tournament.

"Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts left behind a legacy of always trying to contribute meaningfully to the game of golf", Ridley said, per Golfweek. It will be called the Augusta National Women's Amateur.

Augusta, which didn't admit its first black member until 1990, has made concerted efforts to banish the image of it as exclusive and haughty and, this week, current chairman Fred Riley made a landmark announcement.

The 54-hole, stroke play tournament will feature an worldwide field of 72 players.

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"Our hope and expectation is that this event will further energise those who already love the sport and inspire others through the dream of competing at Augusta National".

The event is expected to be televised and daily tickets will be made available through a random selection process to be announced later.

Augusta National didn't allow its first female members until August 2012, when former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and SC financier Darla Moore were invited to join the exclusive club.

The first 36 holes will be contested over two days at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. Secondly, Augusta National's attitude towards women from 1933 to 2012 meant there were no female members of the club. In contrast, other majors are run by larger organizations - the USGA, the PGA, and The R&A oversee the U.S. Open, the PGA Championship, and The Open Championship, respectively. Then the next 30 highest ranked players in the World Amateur Golf Ranking will follow.

Future champions of the Augusta National Women's Amateur Championship will also receive an invitation for the following five years.

One of the first women to be admitted as a member of the club was former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.


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