Augusta Women, best amateurs in the world

Today marks the start of the fifth edition of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur

by Andrea Gussoni
Augusta Women, best amateurs in the world
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Today marks the start of the fifth edition of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur. Among the 72 competitors, the best amateur players in the world representing 18 nations, is Francesca Fiorellini. The event will be played over 54 holes.

The first two rounds, today and tomorrow, will be held at the Champions Retreat in Augusta. On Friday, there will be a break to allow all 72 players to have a practice round at Augusta National, and on Saturday, the top 30 will return to the golfing temple for the final round.

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Last year, Fiorellini won the Junior Solheim Cup in Spain and then, in Rome, the Junior Ryder Cup. She started 2024 with a victory in the national women's match play championship. And now, the 18-year-old from Rome wants to make the most of the invitation she received.

Her goal is to make the cut and qualify for Saturday's final round. She will play the first two rounds with Americans Maisie Filler and Bailey Shoemaker. Her coach, Enrico Trentin, will serve as her caddie. Among the past winners in the field is American Anna Davis, who won in 2022.

Among the favorites is Swedish player Ingrid Lindbald, ranked number 1 in the world among amateurs. Augusta National Golf Club, sometimes simply referred to as Augusta National, Augusta, or the National, is a golf club situated in Augusta, Georgia, United States.

Unlike most private clubs that operate as non-profits, Augusta National is a for-profit corporation and does not disclose its income, assets, membership list, or ticket sales. Founded by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts, the course was designed by Jones and Alister MacKenzie and opened for play in 1932.

Since 1934, the club has been the venue for the annual Masters Tournament, one of the four major championships in professional golf for men, and the only major played each year at the same venue. It was ranked as the top course in Golf Digest's 2009 list of America's 100 greatest courses and was the tenth-ranked course based on course architecture on Golfweek Magazine's 2011 list of best classic courses in the United States.

In 2019, the club began co-hosting the Augusta National Women's Amateur with the Champions Retreat Golf Club. History: Augusta National was established in 1932 by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts on the site of a former nursery/antebellum plantation called Fruitland (later Fruitlands).

Jones aimed to create a world-class winter golf course in his home state of Georgia. During the club's early years, membership was limited and finances were tight due to the Great Depression and Augusta's relatively remote location, which led Jones and Roberts to abandon plans for a "ladies' course," squash and tennis courts, and various estates.

The club's first club professional was Ed Dudley, who served in the role until 1957. Dudley was a prominent tournament professional of his time, with 15 wins on the PGA Tour. The Masters Tournament was inaugurated in 1934 to attract both crowds and players.

Roberts convinced the retired Jones to return to participate in the tournament (initially opposed to the name Masters). In 1948, Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife Mamie were personally invited to Augusta by Roberts. Eisenhower became a member of the club, taking a liking to it, and hired Roberts as his executor and financial advisor.

A house (Eisenhower Cabin) was built for Eisenhower on the club's grounds. During his presidency, Eisenhower visited Augusta National 29 times.