Augusta National Announces Women's Event

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After a 36-hole cut to the low 30 scores, competitors will make their way to Augusta National Golf Club for the final round.

The Masters - the first of golf's four majors - takes place this weekend, with fans able to see the action from Augusta live streamed on 9Now.

In the early 2000s with civil rights groups pushing the public to boycott Masters sponsors over Augusta's men-only membership policy, former chairman William "Hootie" Johnson declared the club would not be forced to open its doors to women "at the point of a bayonet".

Thanks to the golf club that promotes the game better than most, women will compete at Amen Corner.

The Augusta National Womens Amateur Championship is now the latest effort announced by the Masters to inspire interest and participation in the game of golf, joining the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship, the Latin America Amateur Championship and Drive, Chip and Putt, all of which are actively supported by the Tournament. I'm going to say "we".

Johnson stood firm against mounting pressure and it was not until he stepped down that his successor Billy Payne finally ushered in the first women members in 2012, ending an issue that had reached the White House.

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Remaining positions filled by invitation of the Augusta National Women's Amateur Championship Committee. It's unclear whether it was Immelman or Cantlay who was the guilty slow player.

"I begin the most significant chapter in my lifelong connection to the game of golf", Ridley said in his opening statement.

"I had my head banged into the window in front of me and then I was basically just lying flat on the other side because the van flipped over".

Victory in the inaugural competition will provide the victor with an invitation to the next five Augusta National Women's Amateur Championships, among other tournaments, provided she remains an amateur. "I happen to have three daughters, and they all love golf".

"This is the grandest stage in the sport, there is no place that has more respect in the world than Augusta National".

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