Do Augusta National Women's Amateur Players Get Paid?

The Augusta National Women’s Amateur (ANWA) has become one of the most coveted titles

Rose Zhang
Rose Zhang poses with the trophy after winning the ANWA in 2023
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It was at Wednesday’s pre Masters press conference in 2018 that Chairman Fred Ridley announced that a new tournament would be held at the famous venue, The Augusta National Women’s Amateur (ANWA).

The following year, Jennifer Kupcho, at the time the world's top-ranked amateur, played her final six holes in five under par to become the champion of the inaugural ANWA.

Despite the many perks of winning the tournament, players do not receive any prize money for competing in the event, for the simple reason that this is an amateur tournament.

So, just like amateurs can’t win any prize money when competing in professional events, amateurs don’t bank any cash for playing in amateur events.

In 2023, after spending two-and-a-half years as the world’s top-ranked amateur, Rose Zhang defeated Jenny Bae in a two-hole playoff to win the ANWA.

Zhang might not have won any prize money for her efforts that week, but that would soon change. In fact, since turning professional a month after winning the ANWA, the now 20-year-old has won close to $1.5 million on the LPGA Tour. 

Although ANWA players do not get paid, winning the ANWA comes with some significant perks.

Provided the winner remains an amateur, the 2024 champion will receive an invitation to the next five ANWA events.

Jennifer Kupcho

Jennifer Kupcho wins the inaugural ANWA

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In addition, the champion will be invited to the 2024 US Women’s Open, the 2024 Women’s Open, the 2024 Chevron Championship, the 2024 Evian Championship and any USGA, R&A and PGA of America amateur championships for which the she is eligible for one year.

The ANWA features an international field of 72 women amateurs compete over 54-holes of stroke play.

A cut takes place after 36 holes, advancing the leading 30 players and ties to the final round at Augusta National Golf Club.

The first 36 holes are contested over two days on the Island and Bluff nines at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta before the entire field gets to play Augusta National for an official practice round Friday, April 5.

The final round on Saturday features the 30 competitors who made the cut.

Michael Weston
Contributing editor

Michael has been with Golf Monthly since 2008. As a multimedia journalist, he has also worked for The Football Association, where he created content to support the men's European Championships, The FA Cup, London 2012, and FA Women's Super League. As content editor at Foremost Golf, Michael worked closely with golf's biggest equipment manufacturers, and has developed an in-depth knowledge of this side of the industry. He's now a regular contributor, covering instruction, equipment and feature content. Michael has interviewed many of the game's biggest stars, including six world number ones, and has attended and reported on many Major Championships and Ryder Cups. He's a member of Formby Golf Club.