The tournament will be 54 holes of stroke play for women who have completed their college eligibility and are 23 years of age on or before the first round of competition. The field will be a maximum of 78 players.
“I think the college kids have the opportunities to play,” said Rob Addington, vice president of the AGA. “This tournament is for those who don’t think professional golf is the right path for them. It keeps them engaged in the sport. We want them to stay in the game. We don’t want the women saying, ‘There’s no place for me to play.’ We want to keep them involved.”
Players meeting any of the following criteria will be exempt for the inaugural event:
Addington said that the venue of this championship will change every year. He added that if this tournament is successful, the AGA might add a women’s point system to its tournaments and start a East/West Match for women, a team competition of mid-amateurs and seniors from the eastern and western United States.
The AGA conducts the Concession Cup, a biennial team competition between the top mid-amateurs and seniors from the United States and Great Britain and Ireland. The organization aims to promote the amateur game at the highest level.
Registration for the Women’s Amateur Championship begins March 6 at http://www.amateurgolfalliance.org.
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