The IX: Golf Thursday with Carly Grenfell, March 28, 2019

Inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur—Interview with ANWA invitees—must-click links in women's golf

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Augusta National Women’s Amateur

This year will mark the first edition of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur (ANWA) and it’s going to be awesome.

Long known for being a male-only club, this will mark the first-ever women’s amateur event at Augusta, golf’s grandest stage. I will be in town starting Friday, April 5 for the National Drive, Chip and Putt competition and am hoping to experience this event where time allows. Competition begins on April 3 and concludes on Saturday, April 6.

A total of 72 amateurs have been invited and, no matter the outcome, will all be part of a really important day in women’s golf. The coverage is amping up around the ANWA, so be sure to check out and follow their Twitter handle to stay up-to-date on all the action. Hear from a couple of the golfers set to compete in the ANWA down below!

This Week in Women’s Golf

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Jin Young Ko rallies to win the LPGA Founders Cup.

This LPGA rookie is turning heads with her swing and power.

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The Symetra Tour’s Alana Uriell is excited for the Kia Classic in her home town.

This UNCW alumna is preparing for her LPGA debut this week.

Even Steph Curry is pumped for the Augusta National Women’s Amateur next week.

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Five at The IX: Sierra Brooks and Maria Fassi

Sierra Brooks and Maria Fassi, two of the golfers set to compete at the first annual Augusta National Women’s Amateur, have had a busy week! They, along with Hall-of-Famer Nancy Lopez, visited the TODAY Show, CNBC and the New York Stock Exchange to build up the excitement before action tees off next week on April 3. You can find the full interview here.

Q. What does it feel like to be able to be some of the first ladies to ever play in a tournament at Augusta?

Brooks: It’s so exciting and I think just a dream that’s become reality for all of us.

Q. How did the invites go out? Who is going to be there?

Fassi: There were certain things you had to have, like World Amateur Ranking, collegiate golf and I know the US has a certain amount of players in the tournament. It’s basically the to 72 players in the world.

Q. And at Augusta at this historic course—what does that mean to you to play there?

Brooks: It means so much. Like I said before, it’s always been a dream, and to be a part of history, and just this historic moment, it’s even more special.

Q: You’ve watched the Masters on TV. Did you ever dream that you’d actually get to play on the course?

Fassi: Well I never thought I’d get to compete there; I don’t think it was in any of our heads. Now that we actually have the chance to not only play the practice round, but also play the competition, it’s going to be unreal and I’m super excited for it.

Q: What is it about that course that makes it so special?

Brooks: I just think it’s the historic moments with all the past players and champions and the green jacket and everything leading up, it’s the biggest week in golf. And now just for women to have a chance to compete there, it’s going to really inspire the next generation.

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Written by The IX Team