Augusta National to host women’ t amateur tournament

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) A brand new women’ s amateur tournament is going to be played partially at Augusta Nationwide the week before the Masters.

Masters chairman Fred Ridley announced the tournament Wednesday, phoning it a move to help develop the game of golf. It will be called the Augusta Nationwide Women’ s Amateur.

The tournament will be played more than three rounds, with the first 2 at the Champions Retreat outside Augusta and the final round played within the Saturday before the Masters at the famous Augusta National course.

Ridley said Masters officials think it will be the most widely attended hobbyist tournament in the world, and by a large perimeter. The field will consist of 72 females invited by the Masters.

The Masters also hosts the youth putt, chip and generate contest on the Sunday before the Experts.