Women’s field added for 2018 Master of the Amateurs

Australia’s premier amateur golf championship and our highest ranked world amateur event, The Australian Master of the Amateurs, will introduce a female tournament of top elite female National and International amateur golfers set to compete next January at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

For the first time 18 female amateur golfers will join the 78 top National and International elite male amateur golfers, in a separate Championship, under the same title of the Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship.

Alizza Hetherington Alizza Hetherington (Credit: Anthony Powter)

The Australian Master of the Amateurs heads into its 21st successful year and its 8th consecutive year at the world recognised The Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

The Directors of the Australian Master of the Amateurs, Angela and Peter Mann have seen this event evolve into one of the world’s best amateur championships and the inclusion of the women’s title is a natural progression for their tournament.

“This will see the best female amateur golfers from around the world compete for a second “Coveted Green Jacket” and the honour of being the first female Australian Master of the Amateurs Champion,” said Peter Mann.

Warwick Hill-Rennie, General Manager, The Royal Melbourne Golf Club said that their club is excited to be hosting a top amateur event.

“Royal Melbourne Golf Club is delighted to see the inclusion of an elite field of women golfers to contest the 2018 Australian Masters of the Amateurs tournament to be held on the east course at Royal Melbourne from the 9th January 2018,” said Hill-Rennie.

“The Royal Melbourne Golf Club is committed to amateur golf and looks forward to welcoming the world’s best women golfers to Victoria.”

“The tournament is held the week before the Australian Amateur Championship in Perth. With the world’s top ranked international players arriving to compete in both events it provides a unique opportunity for Australia’s amateur women to compete against the very best in the world on home soil.”

Matt Meredith, General Manager, Callaway Golf South Pacific who support the event also was delighted to see the tournament expand.

“Callaway Golf are extremely proud of our continued support of the Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship. As a key sponsor, it is great to see the continuous evolution of the event which will now see a Women’s event in 2018,” said Meredith.

“Callaway have a rich history with female golfers and we believe Women’s Golf is a key area of focus for the future of the game. We are glad this initiative from Master of the Amateurs, gives us another strong opportunity to talk directly to elite female amateur golfers.”

One player who will enjoy a home advantage is club member and 2016 Victorian Amateur champion, Alizza Hetherington.

“I am really excited to have been asked to play in the first ever women’s Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship,” said Hetherington.

“It’s just great that 18 of the top world amateurs will be competing with me at Royal Melbourne and great to have a high class event in Australia at the start of the New Year.”

Another long term sponsor, Schweppes, are also elated with the inclusion of the women’s championship.

“Schweppes is proud to be the founding sponsor of the Australian Master of the Amateurs Tournament,” said Daniel Christie, National Sales Manager.

“Over the past 20 years, we have maintained a long, solid and rewarding relationship. It provides us with great excitement to hear that there will now also be a Women’s tournament. At Schweppes, we recognize that having more women play and enjoy golf is critically important to the game. This is a great step forward and one that we fully endorse.”

If past tournaments of the Australian Master of the Amateurs is an indication next year’s expanded field will certainly attract plenty of attention as the Premier, Daniel Andrews, rightly recognises Victoria’s ability to host great golfing events.

‘Victoria is home to some of the best golf courses in the world and it is great that the world renowned Royal Melbourne will play host to Australia’s top female amateur golfers at this prestigious tournament’, said Andrews, who’s a single figure player.

The 2018 Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship will be played from 9th – 12th January 2018.