Augusta has confirmed that the Augusta National Women's Amateur (ANWA) will take place in April with additional safety restrictions.
After Augusta announced that the 2020 edition of the event was 'postponed' due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of us were disappointed that it wasn't rescheduled to November 2020 like the Masters was.
But now we have good news.
Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, confirmed today that the 2021 ANWA will go ahead as scheduled, but with a limited number of fans.
Rounds 1 and 2 will be held March 31 and April 1 at the Champions Retreat Golf Club, while the final round will be held on April 3 at Augusta National Golf Club.
Last April, Augusta confirmed that it would honour the invitations for the 2020 field in the 2021 ANWA, provided players are still amateurs.
This means that some student golfers who were in the field for 2020 and in their final year at college, may not be able to play this year if they have already turned professional.
Meanwhile, the 85th Masters Tournament will be held from April 5 to 11 and conducted with similar health and safety standards to those seen at the Masters in November 2020. The Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals will also go ahead with a small number of fans.
“Following the successful conduct of the Masters Tournament last November with only essential personnel, we are confident in our ability to responsibly invite a limited number of patrons to Augusta National in April,” Ridley said.
“As with the November Masters, we will implement practices and policies that will protect the health and safety of everyone in attendance. Nothing is, or will be, more important than the well-being of all involved. While we are disappointed that we will be unable to accommodate a full complement of patrons this year, we will continue our efforts to ensure that all who purchased tickets from Augusta National will have access in 2022, provided conditions improve.”
Augusta National is in the process of communicating with all ticket holders, and refunds will be issued to those patrons not selected to attend.
Rose Ladies Series winner Alice Hewson became the first English woman to play a competitive round at Augusta during the inaugural ANWA in April 2019.
We can't wait to watch the women walking those legendary fairways again this year.
You can find out more about the ANWA HERE.