ANWA brings prestige, but also hope to grow women's golf

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Thursday, April 4, 2019
News 12 at 6 O'Clock

It's a global stage in Augusta today as women from across the globe are competing in the Augusta National Women's Amateur. (Source: WRDW)

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- As the shots go off the tee for Round 2 of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur -- something much bigger is at stake.

The chance to play in a competitive round at Augusta National lingers overhead for Sophie Hausmann.

"You have to get through it,” Hausmann said. “It's not just one round.”

It's an opportunity to play on a global stage and represent women's golf and where they're from, too.

“It’s great, and being one of the top 72 golfers in the world, it's a big deal,” Hausmann said.

Take Yuka Yasuda for example. She's just 18 and competes in LPGA Tour of Japan events already. She finished fifth at the Women's Amateur Asia Pacific Championship, and she's doing pretty well here, too. Her mom wouldn't miss the opportunity to see her play here.

"She's obviously a top player in Japan,” Mika Yasuda said. “That's why she can come to here.”

The golfers come from 25 different countries. Thirty-one are Americans and 41 from abroad. It’s a huge step in the right direction for golf in general.

"The global game needs to grow,” one golfer said.

"It’s really cool to see a bunch of girls from different countries get the opportunity to come here and play in an event as prestigious as this,” another golfer said.

And with a cut on the line, each shot means more.