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Sofia Garcia will tee off the 54-hole tournament Wednesday morning from Georgia `

LUBBOCK, Texas – Throughout her time at Texas Tech, Sofia Garcia has not only shined on the course for the Red Raiders but also on the amateur circuit, playing in the top events annually. She’ll add another top event to her résumé this week at possibly the nation’s most famous course.

Garica will be among 82 of the world’s best amateurs competing over 54 holes of stroke play this week when the Augusta National Women’s Amateur tees off Wednesday morning in Georgia. She will be among the first players out on the course Wednesday with a 6:56 a.m. CT tee time.

“I think I speak for every golfer by saying that Augusta is the dream for everyone,” Garcia said. “Being able to play this tournament that just started a couple years ago is a high honor for any woman. I couldn’t be more excited, and a bit nervous, to start playing this tournament.”

Garcia, who played a practice round Tuesday prior to her early first-round tee time, was selected for the prestigious event for a second-consecutive year as she was previously slated to participate in the 2000 event that was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tournament will feature 54 holes of stroke play with a cut taking place after 36 holes, advancing the top-30 players to the final round. The first 36 holes will be contested on the Island and Bluff nines at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta before moving to Augusta National, the site of The Masters, for the final round on Saturday. The entire field will play a practice round at Augusta National on Friday.

It will be the second time in Garcia’s career where she has played the hallowed grounds of Augusta National as the Red Raiders were able to take part in a practice round there in January 2020.

“Everything about that day was special,” Garcia said of Tech’s previous trip to Augusta. “I’ve never been nervous for just playing (a round of) golf. In a tournament, yea, you get nervous, but being able to play that course, you just enjoy it. As a golfer, you’re really competitive and want to do well. That day, playing Augusta, even if I shot 100, I would have been happy because I got to play there.”

The individual champion will receive an invitation to the next five Augusta National Women’s Amateurs, provided she remain an amateur, as well as the 2021 U.S. Women’s Open, the 2021 Women’s British Open and any USGA, R&A and PGA of America amateur championships for which she is eligible for one year.

Final round coverage will air from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon on NBC. Golf Channel will also broadcast the final round from 9-11 a.m. prior to moving to NBC.



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