National Women’s Amateur Championship coming to Augusta next spring

It was 15 years ago that Martha Burk, head of the National Council of Women’s Organizations at the time, led a protest against the club for its refusal to admit female members. I covered that protest in 2003 at a park near the course, and there were more reporters than protesters. But the story made national headlines, especially when the late Augusta chairman Hootie Johnson responded that the club could one day have a female member but “not at the point of a bayonet.”

In 2012, Condoleeza Rice, the former Secretary of State for George W. Bush, and Darla Moore, the first woman featured on the cover of Fortune, became the club’s first female members.

The women’s event will include 72 prominent amateur players from around the world. The first 36 holes of the 54-hole event will be played at Champions Retreat Golf Club here before the final round, featuring the low-30 scores, is played at Augusta National.

“We believe this event will have a long-lasting impact on the game,” Ridley said. “This championship will be conducted under the same standards of operations as the competitors, patrons and media enjoy during the Masters Tournament.”

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