UPDATE | Columbia County golf officials excited to be part of women’s amateur championship – WRDW

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
(News 12 NBC 26 News At 11)

UPDATE | 11:45 p.m.

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) — Augusta National is shining the spotlight on women’s golf and it’s something former Augusta University golfer Sarah Mooney still can’t believe.

“My brother actually texted me asking if I’d heard the news and I couldn’t believe it,” Mooney, also a PGA member, says. “I thought it was an April Fool’s joke or something.”

It’s the kind of reaction she has because, as she says, their game has been overlooked for so long.

“Women’s golf has always been the second thought,” Mooney says. “They don’t get the notoriety that the guy’s do and the same opportunities that the men do on tour.”

The opportunity will begin along the rolling fairways of Champion’s Retreat in Columbia County, where they’ll play the first 36 holes of this championship before finishing at the National.

“The opportunity for any player to receive an invitation to go play at Augusta National,” says Champion’s Retreat manager Cameron Wiebe, “nonetheless compete for a national championship, is unheard of.”

Even after just learning about the news Wednesday, Wiebe says the news is welcome and already has members there buzzing. He says it’s got officials there excited for what’s to come, especially those who have young

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