EVANS, GEORGIA | The Augusta National Women’s Amateur in 2019, by its very inaugural nature, felt like the beginning of something big. The long-delayed second installment this week feels more like the end of something – something that in its own weird way is just as big.
The 82 young women competing at Champions Retreat in Wednesday’s first round weren’t chasing the same kind of history that Jennifer Kupcho and Maria Fassi did two years ago. There’s only one opportunity to be the first at something, to set the tone for an event that broke boundaries in a place once symbolic of exclusion.
What these women are doing this week is chasing normality – both for elite amateur women’s golf and for life. The emotions on display Wednesday weren’t as much about the awe at being pioneers or the frustrations of making a bogey. COVID-19 protocols still rule the day, but everywhere you turned it couldn’t mask the joy and appreciation everyone had for being here. For the first time in 13 months since the whole world changed, these women gathere...
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