Augusta set to host women's tourney ahead of next Masters

Jonathan Hernandez
April 7, 2018

In April 2003, women's rights activist Martha Burke had been publicly campaigning for nearly a year in an attempt to get the golf club to change its antiquated male-only members rule. After a 36-hole cut to the low 30 scores, competitors will make their way to Augusta National Golf Club for the final round.

He'll remember this one.

As an amateur playing in the venerated Masters Tournament, you're completing a lifelong dream just being there.

Augusta National opened its competitive doors to women yesterday, announcing it would host a women's amateur championship the week before next year's Masters.

"Fifteen years ago this week, a lot of us were actually out in a parking lot watching a protest", sports columnist Christine Brennan told Don Riddell.

The former LSU golfer who has played in nearly 20 USGA events has watched her husband play several practice rounds at ANGC but has never played the course.

Friday seems to be the best day of the tournament, weather-wise.

The women are coming, the women are coming! Ridley, who succeeded Billy Payne as chairman of Augusta National in October, spoke at the traditional chairman's press conference on the eve of the Masters. Johnson initially made Rometty the first IBM CEO to be denied membership at Augusta.

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

Ridley, who became the club's chairman last October, did not disclose details about how many fans would be allowed to attend the new event, but it will undoubtedly be a hot ticket and bring more attention to the women's game.What is known is that the tournament will have an global field of 72 elite players. Let me just generalise and say "we". Mostly sunny skies will allow temperatures to climb into the upper 70s F (23-26 C), with light winds in the morning and just a bit brisker winds, nearing 10 miles per hour, in the afternoon. "I happen to have three daughters, and they all love golf". The ANA Inspiration, the first major of the year on the women's calendar, is held the week before the Masters.

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