Castlewarden’s Lauren Walsh admits it’s “a dream come true” after accepting an invitation to compete at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, which will take place from March 30- April 2 in Georgia.
Invitations to the 2022 Augusta National Women’s Amateur were sent this month with Wake Forest star Walsh set to follow in the footsteps of Olivia Mehaffey and Julie McCarthy and compete at the event, set to be held the week before the Masters.
— Lauren Walsh (@llaurenwalsh) January 15, 2022
Walsh is ranked 17th on the Women’s Amateur Golf Rankings and is the best ranked amateur male or female on the island of Ireland. Selected to the Arnold Palmer Cup team in 2021 after another remarkably consistent year that included making the cut at the AIG Women’s Open, Walsh returned a stroke average of 72.41 over 22 rounds last season, appearing in the Deacs’ lineup for all seven events including back-to-back second place finishes to start her spring season at the UCF Challenge and Palmetto Intercollegiate, highlighted by a season-best five-under 211 at the UCF Challenge.
The Augusta National Women’s Amateur was first announced on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, by Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley during his annual press conference at the Masters Tournament. The event was established to inspire greater interest and participation in the women’s game by creating a new, exciting and rewarding pathway for these players to fulfill their dreams.
The first 36 holes of the event will be played at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta, on March 30-31, 2022. After 36 holes, the top 30 will advance to the final round at Augusta National on Saturday, April 2. The entire field will have an opportunity to play a practice round at Augusta National on April 1, whether they make the cut or not.