One Golf Club Didn't Admit Women For Decades. Now It’ll Host Its First Women’s Tournament.

This is a huge win for female golf players.

A women's golf tournament is coming to Georgia next April, and it's all thanks to one major golf club.

The Augusta National Golf Club, one of the most well-known golf clubs in the world, plans on hosting its first ever National Women's Amateur Championship, where it will invite 72 of the best amateur golfers from around the globe to compete in three rounds from Thursday to Saturday. The competition will run the same time as ANA Inspiration, one of the five major championships for women's professional golf the first weekend of April 2019.

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Fred Ridley, the club's chairman, announced the championship on April 4, noting that this is just one step towards a new future for the Augusta National Golf Club.

"We have an obligation to give back to the game," he said. "In recent years, we've been able to do a lot more."

The Augusta National Golf Club is based in Augusta, Georgia, and was founded in 1933. For decades, the club was exclusively White and male until the group admitted its first Black member, Ron Townsend, president of the Gannett Television Group in Virginia, in 1990.

After that, it took until 2012 for the club to admit women, notably former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Darla Moore, a partner in Rainwater, Inc., a private investment firm.

Looking ahead to golf's future, Ridley remarked that the club has "an obligation to give back to the game."

"Golf is a great game," he said. "Hopefully it is colorblind, is blind to gender. I think golf is in a great place right now … I've never been a part of this week where there is any more excitement. I hope today has added a little more excitement to this week."

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