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Posted March 3, 2019, 2:55 pm
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What you need to know about the Augusta National Women's Amateur

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Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, made a splash last April when he announced the club would host the first Augusta National Women’s Amateur. The 54-hole tournament boasts an international field of 72 players.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Jennifer Kupcho, the top-ranked women’s amateur and the reigning NCAA champion, is the top player in the field.
  • “I think everyone is really excited,” the Wake Forest senior said. “I think we’re hoping it goes really well. Most people don’t get to play (the course), and it’s their dream to play there.”
  • Lucy Li, who was among the overall winners in the inaugural Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals in 2014, is in the field. Li’s amateur status was called in to question after she appeared in an Apple Watch advertising campaign.
  • The U.S. Golf Association ruled last month that Li, 16, did not receive any money and gave her a warning.
  • Other top players who have accepted invitations are Leonie Harm (Germany), Ladies’ British Open Amateur Champion; Atthaya Thitikul (Thailand), Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific Champion; and Emma Spitz (Austria), Girls’ British Open Amateur Champion.
  • The first two rounds will be played on the Island and Bluff nines at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Evans on Wednesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 4. The Island nine was designed by four-time Masters winner Arnold Palmer and the Bluff nine was designed by six-time winner Jack Nicklaus.
  • The entire field will play Augusta National for an official practice round Friday, April 5. The final round will take place at Augusta National on Saturday, April 6 and the field will be cut to 30 players.
  • NBC will broadcast the final round of the women’s event from Augusta National from noon-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 6.
  • Like the Masters, tickets are sold out and will not be available at the gates.

Augusta National Women’s Amateur Field as of March 1

Alyaa Abdulghany, Newport Beach, CA (8)

Hanna Alberto, Kingwood, TX (8)

Sofia Anokhina, Moscow, Russia #

Ana Belac, Portorož, Slovenia (9)

Jaravee Boonchant, Bangkok, Thailand (9)

Sierra Brooks, Lake Mary, FL (8)

Zoe Campos, Valencia, CA (8)

Virginia Elena Carta, Udine, Italy (9)

Jennifer Chang, Cary, NC (8)

Alice Chen, Princeton, NJ (8)

Allisen Corpuz, Waipahu, HI (8)

Amanda Doherty, Atlanta, GA (8)

Caterina Don, Pinerolo, Italy (9)

Alessandra Fanali, Fiuggi, Italy (9)

Maria Fassi, Pachuca, Mexico (9)

Isabella Fierro, Mérida, Mexico (9)

Michaela Finn, Ängelholm, Sweden (9)

Annabell Fuller, Kingston Upon Thames, England (9)

Allyson Geer-Park, Brighton, MI (8)

Valentina Giraldo, Ibague, Colombia #

Linn Grant, Viken, Sweden (9)

Haylee Harford, Leavittsburg, OH (8)

Leonie Harm, Gerlingen, Germany (3)

Lauren Hartlage, Elizabethtown, KY (8)

Sophie Hausmann, Nottuln, Germany (9)

Alice Hewson, Berkhamsted, England (9)

Emilee Hoffman, Folsom, CA (8)

Yu-Chiang Hou, Taipei, Taiwan (9)

Yu-Sang Hou, Taipei, Taiwan (9)

Lily May Humphreys, Sudbury, England (9)

Jiwon Jeon, Daegu, South Korea (9)

Wenyung Keh, Auckland, New Zealand #

Dylan Kim, Sachse, TX (8)

Gina Kim, Chapel Hill, NC (8)

Jennifer Kupcho, Westminster, CO (8)

Seo-yun Kwon, Daejeon, South Korea (9)

Agathe Laisne, Paris, France (9)

Tilda Larsson, Emmaboda, Sweden (9)

Stephanie Lau, Fullerton, CA (8)

Andrea Lee, Hermosa Beach, CA (8)

Lucy Li, Redwood Shores, CA (8)

Amanda Linner, Onsala, Sweden (9)

Clarisse Louis, Brussels, Belgium (9)

Hee Ying Loy, Johor, Malaysia #

Olivia Mehaffey, Belfast, Northern Ireland (9)

Alexa Melton, Covina, CA (8)

Emilia Migliaccio, Cary, NC (8)

Haley Moore, Escondido, CA (8)

Alessia Nobilio, Rozzano, Italy (9)

Tristyn Nowlin, Richmond, KY (8)

Ainhoa Olarra, San Sebastían, Spain (9)

Alexa Pano, Lake Worth, FL (8)

Pimnipa Panthong, Nakhon Sawan, Thailand (9)

Kaitlyn Papp, Austin, TX (8)

Marta Perez, Valencia, Spain (9)

Anna Redding, Concord, NC (8)

Yuka Saso, Manila, Philippines (9)

Brooke Seay, San Diego, CA (8)

Erica Shepherd, Greenwood, IN (8)

Ellie Slama, Salem, OR (8)

Mariah Smith, Clarksville, TN #

Julienne Soo, South Yarra, Australia #

Emma Spitz, Goellersdorf, Austria (6)

Natalie Srinivasan, Spartanburg, SC (8)

Maja Stark, Abbekas, Sweden (9)

Kaleigh Telfer, Kyalami, South Africa #

Brigitte Thibault, Rosemère, Canada #

Atthaya Thitikul, Ratchaburi, Thailand (4)

Beatrice Wallin, Olofstorp, Sweden (9)

Yuka Yasuda, Kobe, Japan (9)

Lei Ye, Shanghai, China #

Rose Zhang, Irvine, CA (8)


Qualifications for invitation to the Augusta National Women’s Amateur

1. Winner of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur (Five years, beginning in 2020)

2. Winner of the U.S. Women’s Amateur (One year)

3. Winner of the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship (One year)

4. Winner of the Women’s Amateur Asia-Pacific (One year)

5. Winner of the U.S. Girls’ Junior (One year)

6. Winner of the Girls’ British Open Amateur Championship (One year)

7. Winner of the Girls Junior PGA Championship (One year)

8. The top 30 players from the United States of America who are not otherwise qualified, based on the final 2018 Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.

9. After the previous qualifications, the 30 highest ranked players not otherwise qualified, based on the final 2018 Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.

# Remaining positions will be filled by invitation of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur Championship Committee.