Augusta Women’s National Amateur Championship
Two golfers from Texas will have the opportunity to represent the Longhorns at two major events this week. First-year student Bohyun Park was selected as an amateur by special invitation from sponsors to compete against players from the LPGA Tour in the Chevron Championship. Senior Sara Kouskova accepted an invitation as one of the top female amateur golfers in the world to compete in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.
“Playing in a major event like this means so much to me,” Park said. “It’s a great opportunity to watch, compete and learn against other top golfers, as well as play in the atmosphere of the professional golf world.”
“I’m delighted for Bo, it’s a great opportunity,” said the head coach ryan murphy. “She has steadily climbed the world rankings and will gain invaluable experience as she continues to hone her game for the next level.”
Kouskova shares the same enthusiasm for this tremendous opportunity.
“It’s amazing, it’s been my dream to compete there since they announced the creation of the tournament,” Kouskova said. “Especially after being close for the past two years, we are so happy. It will be a big celebration for all of Czech golf.”
“I don’t think there is anyone more deserving to be in ANWA than Sara,” Murphy added. “She set her sights on getting an invite a long time ago and worked hard, played well in several big tournaments and literally did everything she could to earn the invite via the World Ranking. I am so proud of Sara for the golfer she is, the student she is, the teammate she is and the person she is.”
The Chevron Championship, one of the Big Five championships in professional women’s golf, is held annually at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California. Park will represent the Longhorns in the event which begins with practice rounds on Monday and Tuesday, and includes a Pro-Am on Wednesday, before moving to the tournament from March 31 to April 3. The Dinah Shore Trophy will await the amateur who wins the legendary championship.
“It’s such an honor to represent the Longhorn women’s golf program at a major LPGA event,” said Park, who was selected based on her outstanding play during the 2021-22 season. “I’m so grateful to be able to put UT on screen.”
Kouskova will continue a tradition of Longhorns in the Augusta National Women’s Amateur, an event that features a wide array of the world’s top amateurs. Played a week before the Masters Tournament, the Texas Senior and International field will face off over 54 holes in stroke play, with a reduction to 30 players after 36 holes. The first two rounds will take place on the Island and Bluff nines at Champions Retreat Golf Club on Wednesday and Thursday March 30 and 31. The full field will then face Augusta National for an official practice round on Friday April 1, with the final round of those making the cut taking place at Augusta National on Saturday April 2.
“Playing as a Longhorn is always an honor, and I’m glad there’s burnt orange on the pitch again,” Kouskova added. “Agathe (Laisne), Kaitlyn (Papp) and Emilee (Hoffman) left a great legacy to ANWA, and I am honored to have the chance to follow this Longhorn tradition.”
Park and Kouskova credit Texas coaches and the Longhorn women’s golf program for preparing them for great opportunities like this. Murphy will caddy for Park in California, while Associate Head Coach Kate Golden will be at Augusta to support Kouskova from the sidelines.
“The preparation we get at UT is really professional,” Kouskova said. “We have an amazing facility and team around us. Coach Murphy and Coach Kate are doing a great job preparing us in a very complex way that strengthens and hones all aspects of our games but also represents the life of an elite golfer with character.”
“Coach Murphy and I have worked together on the course a few times in previous tournaments, and I feel like we work well together, so I think that will be a bonus for this week,” Park said. “Playing in collegiate events with other great players has really developed my game and helped me continue to grow and develop as a golfer.”
The Chevron Championship will be featured on Golf Channel Coverage with shows airing Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT, and Saturday and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. CT. Golf Channel will broadcast on-site highlights, live reports and media coverage throughout the event.