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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Just a Reminder: The Augusta National Women's Amateur Starts Today...

But the TV coverage doesn't match up to the importance of the event yet.

Inaugural winner Jennifer Kupcho

Here's what Golfweek posted about the first two rounds:

Wednesday, March 31 and Thursday, April 1


Golf Channel will have live reports and highlights during the first two days. The top 30 golfers will advance to the final round. There will be no ties. In the event there’s a playoff to determine the final spots in the top 30, that playoff on Thursday will be streamed live on as well as the tournament’s official Twitter, Facebook and YouTube accounts.

GC did add this note at their site:

Thursday, April 1

6:15-8PM: Augusta National Women's Amateur playoff, if necessary (Click here to watch)

And I tried that "Click here to watch" link. It does go to a stream for the Augusta National Women's Amateur.

Let's face it. As important as this event is to women's golf, the media outlets still need to catch up. I realize that the first two rounds are played on a different course and that would entail extra personel and equipment, but it seems that at least some effort could be made. Perhaps set up a single camera on each of a few holes with particularly tough tee shots or greens... but just make an effort. Only 30 players will make it to the Saturday round, after all.

The final round at Augusta National will be televised, of course. This is the link GC has listed for the 10am-noon ET stream, and NBC will broadcast from noon til 3:30pm ET.

Despite the meager coverage, it's nice to have a second Augusta National Women's Am after last year's cancellation due to the pandemic. Don't forget to check in for the scores today and tomorrow!

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