Augusta National to host women's tournament; Tom Watson wins Par-3 Contest

Matt Parziale of the United States secured a berth in the first major championship of the year with his victory in last year's US Mid Amateur Championship

"The Augusta National Women's Amateur Championship embodies that principle, and we believe this event will have a significant and lasting impact on the future of the women's game".

Spieth led after the third round in 2014, from start to finish in 2015 and for 54 holes in defence of his title, although he did then blow a five-shot lead with nine holes to play as Danny Willett took full advantage with a closing 67.

The Masters - the first of golf's four majors - takes place this weekend, with fans able to see the action from Augusta live streamed on 9Now.

The tournament continues at Augusta National Golf Club on Friday. Invitees will be determined by awarding spots to winners of other recognised tournaments and using the world rankings.

The club expects the event to be televised and distributed digitally. Daily tickets onto the grounds of Augusta National for the final round will also be made available through a random selection process that will be announced at a later date.

As an amateur playing in the venerated Masters Tournament, you're completing a lifelong dream just being there.

An worldwide field of 72 women amateurs will compete over 54-holes of stroke play.

When: April 2-8, 2018 Where: Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga.

And Hannah Levi, senior at D'Iberville High School and Mississippi State signee, just might be looking forward to Saturday, April 6, 2019 as well.

Invitations will be provided to the winners of the following recognized events: U.S. Womens Amateur, Ladies British Open Amateur Championship, Womens Amateur Asia-Pacific, U.S. Girls Junior, Girls British Open Amateur Championship, Girls Junior PGA Championship.

It's 15 years since Augusta National reached arguably a nadir in its relationship with women.

The opening two rounds are set to be hosted at the Champions Retreat club, just a 30 minute drive from Augusta, before the top-30 players who make the cut move to Augusta for the final round.

"The chairmanship of Augusta National certainly gives him a unique place in the game", said Jim Hyler, who now has Ridley's old job as chairman of the Masters competition committee.

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