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When Smith wakes up and looks at her ANWA invitation on her nightstand most mornings, she feels speechless. “I wake up every morning, and I’m surprised it’s there. It’s one of those things where every day I remind myself how lucky I am to be in this position,” Smith said. Growing up in a small town in Minnesota and working at her parents’ local nine-hole golf course, Smith never imagined that she would have the opportunity to compete at Augusta.

“My brother played golf in college, and my dad plays golf, and if I pictured something at Augusta National, I pictured my brother playing there or my dad playing there. But, unfortunately, I don’t think I ever pictured myself there,” Smith said about why this invite means so much to her. “As a kid, I didn’t even get to have that dream, and now, little girls today can dream of going there and playing at a high level.” 5 things about this Woman- A Crazy Mom- Roses Flower 3D Hoodie

When Ridley announced the inaugural event, Smith was studying with her teammates and thought about how an event like ANWA would be the “pinnacle” of an amateur golfer’s career. She also realized that she needed to step up her game if she wanted to actually play at Augusta. When she didn’t receive an invitation to the inaugural season, she thought, “maybe next year.” Now, three years later after Ridley’s 2018 announcement, Smith will finally compete at Augusta.

“To have this happen right before my last season as a Husker, and to know that all the work that I’ve put in the last four and a half years and my whole career, I now get to enjoy how that pays off into this awesome invitation,” Smith said. “And to be treated, as a woman, at such a high level in a golf community is really special. Not only are we playing Augusta National, but we’re being treated like anybody else on one of the most exclusive golf clubs in the country. That’s huge.”

University of Denver sophomore and No. 95 ranked Anna Zanusso never thought she’d compete at Augusta National. And some days, it still doesn’t feel real.

“It was a dream [to play at Augusta like the men], but I never thought it could ever happen,” Zanusso, 20, said. “It’s always been on the back of my mind.”

In January 2020, the Castelfranco Veneto, Italy native, received a phone call from Augusta that changed her life.

“I received a phone call, and I missed the phone call, to be honest,” Zanusso recalled. “When I saw that it was from Augusta on my phone, I said, ‘Oh, my God, I need to call back immediately.’ I called back and they told me that I would be in the field. At that time, I was practicing with my team. I just let all the emotions come out of me.”




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