AUGUSTA, Ga. — Augusta National Golf Club opened its competitive doors to women on Wednesday, announcing it would host a women’s amateur championship the week before the Masters next year.
Making his first State of the Masters address, the club president Fred Ridley said the club, which had barred women from membership until six years ago, would welcome the world’s top amateurs to compete for the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship.
“Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts left behind a legacy of always trying to contribute meaningfully to the game of golf,” Ridley said, referring the club’s founders.
“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.”
The 54-hole, stroke-play tournament will feature an international field of 72 players. Invitations will be based on the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking and will be awarded to winners of other recognized championships.
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 at the home of the Masters.