The Masters is set to host a groundbreaking women’s tournament.
Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament, has announced the establishment of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship.
The event will be held annually the week before the Masters and will culminate with the final round taking place at Augusta National.
“Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts left behind a legacy of always trying to contribute meaningfully to the game of golf,” Ridley said.
“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 energise those who already love the sport and inspire others through the dream of competing at Augusta National.”
The 54-hole, stroke play tournament will feature an international field of 72 players. Invitees will be determined by awarding winners of other recognised championships and using the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.
In 2019, the first two rounds will take place at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta.
After a cut to the low 30 scores, the final competitive round will take place at Augusta National on Saturday, April 6, when an amateur champion will be crowned for the first time ever at the home of the Masters.
The event is expected to be televised and will be distributed on digital platforms around the world. Daily tickets onto the grounds of Augusta National for the final round will also be made available through a random selection process that will be announced at a later date.
The Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship is now the latest effort announced by the Masters to inspire interest and participation in the game of golf, joining the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, the Latin America Amateur Championship and Drive, Chip and Putt, all of which are actively supported by the Tournament.
Invitations will be provided to the winners of the following events: 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.
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 will be invited who are not otherwise qualified, based on the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.
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.
Remaining positions will be filled by invitation of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship Committee.
All players who qualify must retain amateur status to compete in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship.
The winner of the 2019 Augusta National Women’s Amateur Champion will receive an invitation to the next five Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championships, the 2019 US 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.