One rookie, two ANWA vets invited
This year’s Augusta National Women’s Amateur tournament will have a decidedly Auburn University look to it.
Three members of the Tigers women’s golf team earned invitations to the tournament scheduled for April 3-6 at two courses – Augusta National and Champions Retreat Golf Club.
The field of 72 players includes Auburn senior Megan Schofill, redshirt sophomore Casey Weidenfeld and freshman/past champion Anna Davis.
The field plays the first two rounds at Champions Retreat. After 36 holes, the field is cut and the final round is played at Augusta National.
Schofill, from Monticello, Florida, is making her fourth trip to the ANWA, Davis, a Californian who won in 2022 as a 16-year-old high school player, is also making her third trip. It will be Weidenfeld’s first trip to the ANWA.
In her 2022 victory, Davis held off Ingrid Lindblad and Latanna Stone by one shot, thanks in part to a closing-round 69 at Augusta National. After a decorated junior career in which she has five made cuts in seven LPGA events, Davis made her Auburn debut at the recent Puerto Rico Open and finished tied for 25th with rounds of 73-73-71. She was a 2023 World Amateur Team USA member and a 2023 Junior Ryder Cup Team member.
Schofill, coming off a tie for third place in Puerto Rico, had her best finish in the ANWA last year, tying for 14th place after missing the cut in her first two starts. A 2023 first-team All-America, Schofill was a member of the U.S team in the Arnold Palmer Cup and a Women’s World Amateur Team USA member.
Weidenfeld, of Pembroke Pines, Florida, is making her debut in the ANWA. She’s off to a good start to her 2023-24 season with the Tigers, tied for 38th place in Puerto Rico. In the fall, Weidenfeld notched a pair of runner-up finishes in four starts.
The first ANWA Championship was played in 2019 and won by Jennifer Kupcho.
Tsubasa Kajitani won in 2021. Davis won the 2022 tournament and Rose Zhang won in 2023. Zhang has since turned professional and is not eligible to defend her title.
Featured image of Megan Schofill courtesy of Auburn Athletics