Darling Set to Compete in Augusta National Women's Amateur
Sophomore All-American is first Carolina player to make two appearances in the prestigious event
EVANS, Ga. – Sophomore All-American Hannah Darling is set to make her second appearance at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur this week. The first two rounds of the 54-hole stroke play tournament (March 29-30) will take place at Champions Retreat Golf Club featuring 72 of the top female amateur golfers in the world.
There will be a cut after 36 holes with the top-30 advancing to the final round at Augusta National Golf Club on Saturday.
Golf Channel (1:30-3:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday and Thursday) and NBC (noon-3 p.m. on Saturday) will provide TV coverage all three days of the prestigious event.
The 2023 championship will feature the top 10 players in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR), as well as defending champion Anna Davis (United States) and 2021 champion Tsubasa Kajitani (Japan). There will be 37 players making their ANWA debut and 35 returning competitors. Darling is currently ranked 12th in the latest WAGR. Twenty different countries are represented this week with 44 of the top-50 players in the world.
The Augusta National Women’s Amateur was announced on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, by 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. Jennifer Kupcho won the inaugural event in 2019 with a tournament record 54-hole score of 206 (-10).
Last year, Darling made the cut and finished T-27th with Stanford’s Rachel Heck at 12-over. The Midlothian, Scotland, native shot 228 with rounds of 73-76-79. Only three players in the field shot par or better in the 2022 edition of the event.
This will mark seventh time a Gamecock is competed in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the first time a South Carolina golfer has played in multiple ANWAs.
Gamecocks to Compete in ANWA since 2019
- Hannah Darling (2022, 2023)
- Paula Kirner (2021 ; missed cut)
- Ainoha Olarra (2019 ; finished T-12th with 2-over score of 218)
- Pimnipa Panthong (2021 ; missed cut)
- Ana Peláez (2021 ; finished T-12th with 5-over score of 221)
- Pauline Roussin-Bouchard (2021 ; finished T-3rd with 2-over score of 218)