Augusta National Women’s Amateur previewMarch 29, 2019 News & Tour
Augusta welcomes the world’s best female amateurs for the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur. Joe Hughes has the lowdown
Venue: Augusta National Golf Club & Champions Retreat Golf Club
Date: April 3-6, 2019
Course stats: Augusta National – par 72, 6,365 yards, Champions Retreat – par 72, 6,435 yards
Course summary: The home of the Masters will be the primary host for the events first staging
Weather forecast: Early indications suggest Augusta will once again be drenched in sun and will see temperatures upwards of 25 degrees celsius throughout the week.
A brief history of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur
The event was announced ahead of the 2018 Masters and has been established with the intention to increase participation and global interest in women’s golf.
It will be the first staging of the three-day event and will mark another big step forward for ladies’ golf.
— Augusta National Women's Amateur (@anwagolf) March 28, 2019
What is the Augusta National Women’s Amateur?
The tournament is an invitation-only event which will see many top amateurs from the women’s game compete over a three-day period.
The first two rounds will be played at the Champions Retreat while the final round will take place at Augusta National.
The competition will take a stroke play format with a cut being made after 36-holes. The top-30 players will progress to play Augusta National on the final day.
— Augusta National Women's Amateur (@anwagolf) March 27, 2019
When is the Augusta National Women’s Amateur?
The event will take place the week before the Masters and will kick off Masters month in style.
The first two rounds will be played on April 3-4, after which the cut will be made.
The whole field will then play a practice round at Augusta National on April 5, before the 30 players who make the cut conclude the tournament on April 6.
Many of the game’s top amateur talents will be present for the competition, including several from Britain.
Here are a few players to keep an eye on…
The 16-year-old American is one of the highest profile amateurs in the field and became the youngest player to play in a US Open when she qualified as an 11-year-old in 2014.
Lily May Humphries
Having come close to victory at the Italian International Ladies Amatuer earlier this month, the 17-year-old is in fine form and will be one of three English hopefuls heading over to Georgia.
Another English rising star is Annabell Fuller, who will be looking to add to the amateur titles that she has already picked up this year.
The 21-year-old completes the English contingent and she is more than capable of putting in a big performance. Ranked No. 26 in the World Amateur Golf standings, Hewson could well be one to watch.