It’s only been three years since the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur was held, and yet the tournament has already become a significant event on the golf calendar.

The ANWA kicks off on Wednesday in the US with two Australians in the field. Emily Mahar, 22, joins West Australian Kirsten Rudgeley at the prestigious tournament, which begins on March 30, based on her top-60 World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) status – she is currently ranked No.45 in the world, one place behind Rudgeley.

Hailing from Brisbane, Mahar is in her fifth year of university at Virginia Tech and the Keperra Country Golf Club member has been lighting up the collegiate golf circuit in recent times with a run of five consecutive top-ten finishes which include a runner-up, a third place finish and a school-record seven-under round of 65.

Rudgeley, a 20 year-old from Perth, won the Scottish Women’s Open Championship last year, a pro event, before triumphing at the English Women’s Amateur Championship a few weeks later.

Kirsten Rudgeley.

A field of 72 players—including 22 of the top 25 and 41 of the top 50 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Rankings—will be competing with the hope of joining Jennifer Kupcho and Tsubasa Kajitani as champions.

As in the two previous playings (the 2020 edition of the event was cancelled due to COVID) the tournament’s format is 54 holes of stroke play spread out over four days. The first two rounds are played Wednesday and Thursday on the Island and Bluff nines at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta. The top 30 players after 36 holes will then advance to the final round, played on Saturday at Augusta National Golf Club. (A playoff will be used if there are ties to get to 30 players.) All 72 players, however, will get to play on Friday at Augusta as the tournament pauses for a day for a practice round.

Golf Channel will have highlights and live reports during the first two competitive rounds at Champions Retreat Golf Club. A “Making the Cut” show also will air on approximately two hours prior to the scheduled end of play on Thursday, streaming the end of the second round and the playoff for the final spots advancing to play Saturday at Augusta National.

Defending champion Tsubasa Kajitani is not competing this week but six players who finished in the top 10 a year ago are: Emilia Migliaccio (runner-up), Rachel Heck (T-3), Ingrid Lindblad (T-3), Emma Spitz, (T-3), Rose Zhang (T-3) and Beatrice Wallin (T-10).

Rose Zhang, a Stanford freshman and the No. 1 player in the Women’s World Amateur Golf ranking, reacts after finishing T-3 at the 2021 Augusta National Women’s Amateur.

Nine players are in this week’s field who have appeared in the ANWA in 2019 and 2021, including four who made the cut both years: Erica Shepherd, Emma Spitz, Beatrice Wallin and Rose Zhang.

Twenty-four countries are represented in the 2022 ANWA field, including 33 players from the United States and 39 from other international countries. Japan leads the international contingent with four players, followed by China, Germany, South Korea and Sweden with three apiece.

Thirty-four US colleges and universities are represented in the field. Stanford leads the way with five current members of the roster in the field (Rachel Heck, Aline Krauter, Caroline Sturdza, Lei Ye and Rose Zhang), plus one commit (Megha Ganne). Wake Forest claims the next-highest number with four players in the field.



Emily Mahar, Australia, 22, Virginia Tech, 45

Kirsten Rudgeley, Australia, 21, N/A, 44

Amari Avery, US, 18, Southern California, 42

Jenny Bae, US, 20, Georgia, 80

Shinsil Bang, Korea, 17, N/A, 15

Carla Bernat Escuder, Spain, 18, Tulane, 113

Hailey Borja, US, 20, Michigan, 150

Phoebe Brinker, US, 20, Duke, 117

Jensen Castle, US, 21, Kentucky, 61

Briana Chacon, US, 20, Oregon, 92

Hannah Darling, Scotland, 18, South Carolina, 11

Anna Davis, US, 16, N/A, 99

Louise Duncan, Scotland, 22, University of Stirling, 49

Alexandra Forsterling, Germany, 22, Arizona State, 20

Annabell Fuller, England, 19, Florida, 40

Megha Ganne, US, 18, Stanford (Commit), 16

Savannah Grewal, Canada, 20, Clemson, 191

Mizuki Hashimoto, Japan, 19, Tohoku Fukushi University, 28

Rachel Heck, US, 20, Stanford, 3

Youmin Hwang, Korea, 18, N/A, 4

Julia Johnson, US 22, Ole Miss, 21

Auston Kim, US, 21, Vanderbilt, 124

Irene Kim, US, 21, Northwestern, 125

Sara Kouskova, Czech Republic, 22, Texas, 27

Aline Krauter, Germany, 22, Stanford, 29

Rachel Kuehn, US, 20, Wake Forest, 9

Ashley Lau, Malaysia, 22, Michigan, 30

Jeong Hyun Lee, Korea, 15, N/A, 52

Amalie Leth-Nissen, Denmark, 17, N/A, 14

Beth Lillie, US, 23, Virginia, 65

Ingrid Lindblad, Sweden, 21, LSU, 2

Carolina Lopez-Chacarra, Spain, 18, Wake Forest, 10

Hsin-Yu Lu, Chinese Taipei, 20, Oregon, 33

Caitlyn Macnab, South Africa, 20, TCU, 60

Antonia Malate, US, 21, San Jose State, 138

Caley McGinty, England, 21, N/A, 13

Carolina Melgrati, Italy, 19, Arizona, 36

Ashley Menne, US, 20, Arizona State , 74

Emilia Migliaccio, US, 22, Wake Forest, 12

Benedetta Moresco, Italy, 20, Alabama, 19

Anna Morgan, US, 20, Furman, 97

Hinano Muguruma, Japan, 19, N/A, 22

Katherine Muzi, US, 21, Southern California, 100

Mychael O’Berry, US, 22, Auburn, 171

Meja Ortengren, Sweden, 17, N/A, 18

Alexa Pano, US, 17, N/A, 67

Valery Plata, Colombia, 20, Michigan State, 43

Avani Prashanth, India, 15, N/A, 126

Amanda Sambach, US, 19, Virginia, 106

Megan Schofill, US, 20, Auburn , 71

Paula Schulz-Hanssen, Germany, 18, Arizona State (Commit), 32

Aneka Seumanutafa, US, 21, Ohio State, 88

Erica Shepherd, US, 21, Duke, 35

Ivy Shepherd, US, 21, Clemson, 87

Bailey Shoemaker, US, 17, Southern California (Commit), 142

Ellie Slama, US, 23, Oregon State, 104

Emma Spitz, Austria, 21, UCLA, 7

Latanna Stone, US, 20, LSU, 41

Caroline Sturdza, Switzerland, 19, Stanford, 64

Shannon Tan, Singapore, 17, Texas Tech (Commit), 62

Rina Tatematsu, Thailand, 20, Oklahoma State, 54

Ayaka Tezuka, Japan, 16, N/A, 23

Beatrice Wallin, Sweden, 22, Florida State, 5

Lauren Walsh, Ireland, 21, Wake Forest, 26

Crystal Wang, US, 21, Illinois, 131

Yana Wilson, US, 15, N/A, 46

Lei Ye, China, 20, Stanford, 38

Xiaowen Yin, China, 17, N/A, 8

Rin Yoshida, Japan, 18, N/A, 34

Liqi Zeng, China, 15, N/A, 24

Rose Zhang, US, 18, Stanford, 1

Avery Zweig, US, 15, N/A, 172