The year of 2019 is a history making year for women’s golf. The year started off with the Aon announcing their Aon Risk Reward Challenge series will have equal payout for the LPGA winner and the PGA Tour winner. That was a first step. A huge first step. Then, the LPGA and the European Tour made history as well. Both fields had equal pay, and they both finish on the same course, with alternating tee times, during the ISPS Handa Vic Open. It’s been a monumental year to say the least. Now, it’s the amateur women’s turn.
For the first time ever, there will be a women’s tournament being held at Augusta National. This week the inaugural edition of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur is being held. The first two rounds of the 54 hole event are being held at Champions Retreat with the final round being held at Augusta National on Saturday April 6th.
The top 30 and ties, following the 36 hole cut, will grace Augusta National for the final round. With Augusta National prepping for the Masters next week, the course will be in pristine condition. The course will play hard and fast. The greens will be the unknown. The Masters committee usually ramps up green speed through out the week of the Masters beginning on Monday. The committee has complete control of the greens with the sub-air system below each and everyone. They won’t be Masters speed, but the women will be tested. That’s a given.
Today marks one of the biggest days in the young career for the likes of Leonie Harm, Haley Moore, and Atthaya Thitikul. It also marks a turning point in women’s golf overall. Like Aon, and ISPS, Augusta National is making the strides in women’s golf that is long overdue. These young women will get exposure that previously was only reserved for invites to LPGA major championships. I will be glued to my TV on Saturday to watch every single stroke that is broadcast. It will be an amazing day for the world of golf. I can’t wait to watch it all unfold.
Next up, The Women’s Masters? I kinda like that idea.