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February 10, 2021

Augusta National Women's Amateur moves forward in 2021 with expanded field

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Maria Fassi (right) congratulates Jennifer Kupcho after Kupcho's victory at the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur in 2019.

While the enthusiasm generated by the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur in 2019 was tempered with its cancellation in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event’s return in less than two months brings with it a renewed purpose to help spotlight women’s golf and in particular the amateur game.

On Tuesday, Augusta National revealed a field of 85 golfers who had accepted invitations, up from 72 from the first playing. The larger field will accommodate 25 players who had qualified for the 2020 tournament but lost the opportunity to compete due to the event’s cancellation.

The tournament format will remain the same as in 2019, when Jennifer Kupcho defeated Maria Fassi by four strokes: The opening two rounds will be played at Champions Retreat Golf Club on Wednesday and Thursday of the week prior to the Masters (March 31 and April 1). All competitors will then play a practice round at Augusta National on Friday (April 2), while the low 30 after 36 holes will compete in the final round at Augusta National on Saturday (April 3).

The final round will be broadcast by NBC from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Eastern.

“While the wait for the return of this championship has been longer than expected,” said Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley in a release, “the excitement generated by the sportsmanship and competitive spirit showcased in the inaugural edition still resonates with us today. We look forward to hosting this elite field this spring and showcasing the future of the women’s game.”

Tickets are sold out for the final round at Augusta National with none available at the gates. Like the Masters the following week, the number of patrons is expected to be limited due to COVID-19 concerns.

2021 Augusta National Women's Amateur field

Alyaa Abdulghany, Malaysia (9)

Ty Akabane, Honolulu, Hawaii (8)

Hanna Alberto, Kingwood, Texas (8)

Ho-Yu An, Chinese Taipei (9)

Amari Avery, Riverside, Calif. (11)

Addie Baggarly, Jonesborough, Tenn. (8)

Jaravee Boonchant, Thailand (9)

Zoe Campos, West Hills, Calif. (11)

Abbey Carlson, Lake Mary, Fla. (8)

Hailee Cooper, Montgomery, Texas (11)

Allisen Corpuz, Honolulu, Hawaii (8)

Caterina Don, Italy (9)

Sadie Englemann, Austin, Texas (8)

Isabella Fierro, Mexico (11)

Karen Fredgaard, Denmark (11)

Annabell Fuller, England (11)

Megha Ganne, Holmdel, N.J. (8)

Sofia Garcia, Paraguay (11)

Amelia Garvey, New Zealand (9)

Ashley Gilliam, Manchester, Tenn. (8)

Linn Grant, Sweden (9)

Lauren Hartlage, Elizabethtown, Ky. (8)

Rachel Heck, Memphis, Tenn. (8)

Paris Hilinski, Los Angeles, Calif. (11)

Isabella Holpfer, Austria (11)

Yu-Chiang Hou, Chinese Taipei (9)

Yu-Sang Hou, Chinese Taipei (9)

Lily May Humphreys, England (9)

Julia Johnson, St. Gabriel, La. (8)

Tsubasa Kajitani, Japan (9)

Gurleen Kaur, Houston, Texas (8)

Auston Kim, St. Augustine, Fla. (8)

Gina Kim, Albuquerque, N.M. (8)

Grace Kim, Australia (11)

Paula Kirner, Germany (11)

Aline Krauter, Germany (2)

Rachel Kuehn, Asheville, N.C. (8)

Agathe Laisne, France (9)

Ingrid Lindblad, Sweden (9)

Siyun Liu, China (9)

Carolina Lopez-Chacarra, Spain (9)

Clarisse Louis, Belgium (11)

Candice Mahe, France (11)

Lucie Malchirand, France (9)

Brooke Matthews, Rogers, Ark. (8)

Julie McCarthy, Ireland (11)

Olivia Mehaffey, Northern Ireland (9)

Alexa Melton, Covina, Calif. (11)

Emilia Migliaccio, Cary, N.C. (8)

Kaitlin Milligan, Norman, Okla. (11)

Michaela Morard, Hunstville, Ala. (8)

Benedetta Moresco, Italy (9)

Malia Nam, Kailua, Hawaii (8)

Brianna Navarrosa, San Diego, Calif. (8)

Alessia Nobilio, Italy (9)

Tristyn Nowlin, Richmond, Ky. (11)

Emilie Paltrinieri, Italy (9)

Alexa Pano, Lake Worth, Fla. (8)

Pimnipa Panthong, Thailand (9)

Kaitlyn Papp, Austin, Texas (8)

Ana Peláez Triviño, Spain (9)

Kiira Riihijarvi, Finland (9)

Brooke Riley, Manteca, Calif. (11)

Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, France (9)

Amanda Sambach, Davidson, N.C. (8)

Megan Schofill, Monticello, Fla. (8)

Paula Schulz-Hanssen, Germany (9)

Aneka Seumanutafa, Emmitsburg, Md. (8)

Erica Shepherd, Greenwood, Ind. (11)

Ellie Slama, Salem, Ore. (8)

Katherine Smith, Detroit Lakes, Minn. (8)

Emma Spitz, Austria (9)

Maja Stark, Sweden (9)

Kennedy Swann, Austin, Texas (8)

Kaleigh Telfer, South Africa (11)

Brigitte Thibault, Canada (11)

Emily Toy, England (11)

Nanako Ueno, Japan (9)

Beatrice Wallin, Sweden (9)

Isobel Wardle, England (11)

Kenzie Wright, McKinney, Texas (8)

Lei Ye, China (5)

Anna Zanusso, Italy (11)

Agustina Zeballos, Argentina (11)

Rose Zhang, Irvine, Calif. (1)

Qualifications for Invitation to the 2021 Augusta National Women’s Amateur

1: Reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur Champion

2: Reigning Ladies’ British Open Amateur Champion

3: Reigning Women’s Asia-Pacific Amateur Champion

4: Reigning Girls’ British Open Amateur Champion

5: Reigning U.S. Girls’ Junior Champion

6: Reigning Girls Junior PGA Champion

7: Past champions of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur within the last five years

8: The 30 highest ranked players from the United States of America based on the prior year's (2020)

final Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking, not otherwise qualified

9: After qualifications 1-8 above, the 30 highest ranked players not otherwise qualified, as listed on the

prior year's (2020) final Women's World Amateur Golf Ranking

10: Players receiving special invitations of the Augusta National Women's Amateur Committee

11: After qualifications 1-10 above, players who accepted invitations to the 2020 Augusta National

Women's Amateur, not otherwise qualified