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2019 ANWA - Augusta National Women's Amateur

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I was there from 7:30am to 2:30 pm. I didn't see the last group play at all. We followed Amanda Dougherty (Go Noles!) the first 9 holes, then walked with some other groups for the second nine. Spent some time around Amen Corner, 16 green, and 18 green. I must say, this was a fantastic event to attend. I mainly wanted to go to see the course, but I thoroughly enjoyed watching the ladies play. They can flat out play some golf. They did much better on this course than I imagined they would. I don't know if the greens were at the same speed they will be for the men this week, but I did witness multiple putts that were lightning fast. 

I have not attended the Masters so I cannot comment from personal experience, but I did overhear several other patrons who said for the enjoyment of watching actual golf and seeing the course, this was a much better event to attend. I will definitely be entering for tickets next year (assuming this is continued).

Also, local courses didn't yet have the Masters Week rates applied, so played at Aiken Golf Club on Friday for a very reasonable $30. Very cool course. 

 

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Yeah, the cat might be out of the bag, but this is probably the event to go to if you just want to see the course more than anything else. I read somewhere that they had all of the Masters merchandise for sale, too. The courses were definitely sparse compared to the Masters as well. I'll probably enter the lottery for this event next year in addition to the Masters itself.

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This is a great event and im glad it happened, but I have a feeling this whole thing was set up just to get critics off the backs of Augusta National about not hosting a female version of the masters. Which im sure they dont want to do in any way shape or form. This way, they get females televised on the course, and hope the whole thing about a female masters just goes away. 

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47 minutes ago, gray said:

I was there from 7:30am to 2:30 pm. I didn't see the last group play at all. We followed Amanda Dougherty (Go Noles!) the first 9 holes, then walked with some other groups for the second nine. Spent some time around Amen Corner, 16 green, and 18 green. I must say, this was a fantastic event to attend. I mainly wanted to go to see the course, but I thoroughly enjoyed watching the ladies play. They can flat out play some golf. They did much better on this course than I imagined they would. I don't know if the greens were at the same speed they will be for the men this week, but I did witness multiple putts that were lightning fast. 

I have not attended the Masters so I cannot comment from personal experience, but I did overhear several other patrons who said for the enjoyment of watching actual golf and seeing the course, this was a much better event to attend. I will definitely be entering for tickets next year (assuming this is continued).

Also, local courses didn't yet have the Masters Week rates applied, so played at Aiken Golf Club on Friday for a very reasonable $30. Very cool course. 

 

I played Aiken Golf Club twice while visiting for a Masters practice round.  You’re right, it was a fun little course.  Everything breaks away from the train tracks!  :-)

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59 minutes ago, DeadMan said:

I read somewhere that they had all of the Masters merchandise for sale, too.

I can't comment on the gear they normally have for sale during the Masters, but they had pretty much all types of Masters merch that I could think of for sale on Saturday. I didn't want to get anything that said 'Masters 2019' since that wasn't the event I attended, but they did have a ton of that merchandise for sale. Bought a hat and a tshirt. 

 

19 minutes ago, David in FL said:

I played Aiken Golf Club twice while visiting for a Masters practice round.  You’re right, it was a fun little course.  Everything breaks away from the train tracks!  :-)

I played very well tee to green. Couldn't read the break on the greens to save my life. A lot of fun though. 

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Lol.  I see where this is headed. In the near future, the Women's Am will be hosting crowds of 50K and the tickets selling on the secondary market for $250/round.

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The back 9 between Kupcho and Fassi was fun to watch. I saw Kupcho play a few holes at the 2018 Cdn Women's Am here.....so many US collegiate golfers competing...one would think it was a NCAA event.

IMO.....this event was more about Augusta National than women's Am golf.

There's wasn't any live coverage of rds 1 &2 at Champions Retreat...and few spectators at the course too at CR.

The ANWA is a step in the right direction...but I don't see it haven't a significant impact to bring more girls or women into golf.

This is called the Augusta National Women's Amateur....IMO...all 3 rds should be played at AN.

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