ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia Bulldogs Caterina Don, Isabella Holpfer and Candice Mahé are among world’s premier 82 golfers set to open play at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur on Wednesday morning.
The tournament features 36 holes of play at Champions Retreat on Wednesday and Thursday. The field will then be cut to 30 golfers who will compete in the final round at famed Augusta National on Saturday. All 82 golfers will take part in a practice round at Augusta National on Friday.
On Wednesday, Don will tee off at 9:02 a.m., Holpfer will go off at 10:08 a.m. and Mahé will begin at 10:38 a.m. Live scoring will be available via www.anwagolf.com.
Don competed in the first edition of the Augusta National Women’s Am in 2019 and tied for 12th individually. Holpfer and Mahé will be competing in the tournament for the first time.
“Two years ago, I played really solid from tee to green,” Don said. “One thing I was not used to was the greens. They were so fast and firm, and they’re pretty big greens with big slopes. We don’t get much of that in Europe.
“Augusta National is a beautiful place full of history,” Don added. “It’s a week full of emotions, and you know you’ll keep them in your heart forever. It’s definitely a story I will tell to my children. I’m not going to lie. It’s intense because you know the amount of great players and how good you have to play in order to make the cut get to play Augusta National. It’s all part of the game and why this is such a good week. I hope that – apart from the magic of Augusta National – that it’s going to be an amazing week with my teammates from Georgia and my teammates from Italy and with my family.”
Holpfer grew up watching the Master’s at Augusta National and will be visiting the course for the first time ever this week.
“It’s a great honor to be able to compete in this tournament,” Holpfer said. “I think it’s an experience of a lifetime because not everybody has a chance. After always watching the Master’s on TV and seeing how the course is so green, I can’t wait to just walk the course finally. I think that’s every golfer’s dream – to be able to walk the grounds of Augusta National. For us female amateurs to be able to play the course and play a tournament at Augusta National is a great honor.”
Mahé also is looking forward to competing this week against a challenging field including her Georgia teammates.
“I’m really excited to be here, especially with my teammates,” Mahé said. “I think we’re going to have such a blast. We’re really lucky because only around 80 players are able to play. You can’t stop smiling. Even if your game isn’t as good as you expect, it’s just such an incredible event. It’s definitely an experience of a lifetime. You’re not going play courses like Champions Retreat or Augusta every day. You need to keep the right attitude about that. I think being really thankful is very important.”