UVa Golfer Anna Redding Earns Invite to Augusta National Women's Amateur Tournament
UVa senior golfer Anna Redding has received an invitation to compete in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur tournament. The tournament is the first women's event hosted at the famed home of The Masters.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Augusta National Golf Club, the home of The Masters, is hosting a women's tournament for the first time ever this spring, and UVa senior golfer Anna Redding has been invited to compete.
Redding played a round at Augusta National in high school, but she will be among the first group of women to ever compete at the famed course.
The world amateur golf rankings were used to determine the tournament field.
Redding is currently ranked No. 38 in the world amateur golf rankings, and she is 15th among U.S. players.
"I'm really ready to compete on Augusta National, and to be able to say that I've done that," says Redding. "Seventy people this year, in the entire world, are going to get to say that. It's just amazing."
UVa women's golf coach Ria Scott says, "Just to be a female playing at Augusta is special on its own, but when you put the exceptional group of women together that are competing at this event, they know and understand what an honor it is, and there's nothing like being part of the first one."
The women's amateur will be played the week before The Masters tournament.
"The course conditions will be perfect, basically," says Redding. "With The Masters starting four days after we leave, I don't think I'll ever play as good as a golf course as I will that week."
Scott says, "I know she's be rocking her UVa gear through the event, as she always does at all the amateur events she plays, and we're really looking forward to seeing how she shines at Augusta."
The first two-rounds of the 54-hole tournament will be played at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Evans, Ga., before everyone plays a practice round at Augusta National on Friday, April 5th.
On Saturday, April 6th, the top 30 finishers from the first two rounds will play the final round at Augusta National.
The championship round will air on NBC 29.