Augusta to host women's tournament

Lawrence Cooper
April 7, 2018

By the time the tournament began Thursday, he had played 90 practice holes, the equivalent of five full rounds.

"Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts left behind a legacy of always trying to contribute meaningfully to the game of golf", Ridley said in making the announcement. Invitees will be determined by awarding winners of other recognized championships and using the Womens World Amateur Golf Ranking. After a 36-hole cut to the low 30 scores, competitors will make their way to Augusta National Golf Club for the final round.

"I accept the responsibility with humility, with a determination to pursue the principles established by our founders and I believe fully prepared to lead this organization as we explore new and impactful ways to impact the game of golf".

The club expects the event to be televised and distributed digitally.

In the early 2000s with civil rights groups pushing the public to boycott Masters sponsors over Augusta's men-only membership policy, former chairman William "Hootie" Johnson declared the club would not be forced to open its doors to women "at the point of a bayonet". Daily tickets onto the grounds of ANGC for the final round will also be made available through a random selection process that will be announced at a later date.

Ridley also is the first Augusta National chairman to have played in the Masters.

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An global field of 72 women amateurs will compete over 54-holes of stroke play.

The first 36 holes will be contested over two days at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. 6 April 2018 • 5:57pm. He earned his invitation to the Masters by finishing second in the U.S. Amateur championship last summer.

It's 15 years since Augusta National reached arguably a nadir in its relationship with women.

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.

"The chairmanship of Augusta National certainly gives him a unique place in the game", said Jim Hyler, who now has Ridley's old job as chairman of the Masters competition committee.

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