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Augusta Nationwide chairman publicizes ladies’s newbie occasion previous to 2019 Masters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. — Fred Ridley got here off the highest rope on Wednesday within the annual Augusta Nationwide chairman press convention, his first after taking up as chairman of the occasion and Augusta Nationwide Golf Membership for Billy Payne final fall. Ridley introduced that Augusta Nationwide will host the 2019 Augusta Nationwide Ladies’s Novice Championship.

The 54-hole occasion will function 72 gamers, and the primary two rounds can be performed at Champions Retreat Golf Membership in Augusta earlier than the ultimate spherical with 30 golfers takes place at Augusta Nationwide on the Saturday earlier than the 2019 Masters.

“We imagine this occasion can have a long-lasting impression on the sport,” stated Ridley. “I believe specializing in newbie golf is per our historical past, with our founder, our co-founder, Bobby Jones. 

“We additionally really feel that’s the manner that we will make the best impression in rising the sport, and on this specific occasion the ladies’s sport. So we thought that was the higher solution to go (than a males’s newbie) and the higher use of our sources. However having stated that, I believe over time that this may even be of nice profit to the ladies’s skilled sport as properly.”

The finals of the Augusta Nationwide Ladies’s Am will happen the day earlier than the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship, which is yet one more newbie initiative Augusta Nationwide has taken on. The ladies’s event, although, was shaped within the 5 months since Ridley took over, which is a remarkably-fast timeframe.

“We’re at all times on the lookout for new methods to profit and impression the sport,” stated Ridley. “And we begin with the premise and the truth that we’re very blessed to have the sources to try this. I met with our senior employees in October and stated that I assumed that this was the appropriate time to do that. It was the appropriate time for the ladies’s sport. I needed to do that, and I needed to do it right here. 

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“I assumed for us to have the best impression on ladies’s golf that we wanted to be dedicated to do it right here at Augusta Nationwide, and I additionally needed to have the ability to inform all of you about it immediately. In order that was a fairly tall order to be given simply 5 months in the past. However in attribute ways in which our employees responds, they took that and had been dedicated to be within the place for us to speak about this immediately. So we’re wanting ahead to this occasion subsequent yr.”

It is a daring transfer for Ridley and a very good one for the membership. If undertakings like this one come to outline Ridley’s time as chairman, we could possibly be in for a progressive period from Augusta Nationwide. Ridley hinted at that on Wednesday.

“I learn lots up to now few months about issues our founders stated about actually what our function and obligation was within the sport of golf,” stated Ridley. “It has been a constant theme and a part of our tradition that we’ve got an obligation to provide again to the sport. 

“Initially, that was by way of, completely by way of, the Masters event. In more moderen years, once more, with the power we’ve got to try this, we’ve got completed much more. And I believe actually it actually goes again to the founders’ perception that Augusta Nationwide and the Masters … had an obligation to contribute again to the sport, and we will proceed to try this.”

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