Who won the Augusta National Women’s Amateur before the Masters?
Anna Davis entered the clubhouse on Saturday scheduled to play a 25-minute waiting game. She came out of her confinement as a champion.
The 16-year-old Californian shot a 3-under 69 in the final round of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur to outlast the LSU pair of Ingrid Linblad and Latanna Stone by one shot.
“I’m still a little shocked,” Davis conceded during her victory press conference. “I don’t think it’s been settled yet that I’ve won here. It’s pretty surreal to be honest.
Davis needed a late charge Saturday as the tournament moved play from Champions Retreat, where the first two rounds were held, to Augusta National. After a 76 second round, she recorded a trio of birdies between the ninth and 13th holes before hanging on for a one-stroke victory.
Stone headed down the stretch, seemingly in control, sitting at 3 under with two holes to play after birdieing the par-3 16th. A double bogey at 17 and a bogey at 18 saw his lead evaporate and gave Davis the title.
Linblad, too, came out on top in the final round on Saturday before a bogey on 18 sent her tied for second place. The Swede ended her afternoon with a score of 4 under, landing three birdies and a pair of eagles. But like Peter, Linblad bugged their 54th hole of the week to escape a possible playoff.
“It’s just heartbreaking,” Stone said. “I kinda knew where I was at 17 and I thought ‘OK, Par out.’ I just didn’t have the right club and ended up with some tough ups and downs. I was trying to be aggressive and just lost it. I thought I could get it back at 18, but I had a lot on my mind with where I was.
Kentucky’s Jensen Castle led the local contingent in Saturday’s final round. Castle, who hails from West Columbia, shot a 2 of 74 to finish the tournament 5 over and T12. The Gray Collegiate alum won the 2021 US Women’s Amateur in August.
Spartanburg native and current Furman golfer Anna Morgan finished three strokes behind Castle for a tournament total of 8. Morgan faded a bit in the stretch, finishing 3-over on the back-nine.
“Walking the first tee gave me chills like I did walking down Magnolia Lane,” she said. “It’s such a beautiful place, such a fun place, and we really had an awesome day and week.”
South Carolina rookie Hannah Darling also made it to the final round, ending week T27 after shooting a 7-over, 79 on Saturday.
Augusta National will then host the Masters starting Monday. The tournament will start on Thursday and will continue until Sunday.
How to watch the first round of the Masters
When: Thursday, April 7
Where: Augusta National Golf Club — Augusta, Georgia
Television: ESPN from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Streaming: The Official Master’s website
Radio: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sirius XM
This story was originally published April 2, 2022 3:10 p.m.