An enormous portion of the 2021 Augusta National Women’s Amateur field are present college players. In all there are 64 of them (together with one NCAA Division II participant, the University of Tampa’s Kiira Riihijarvi). That quantity additionally contains 10 players who’re finishing a fifth 12 months of NCAA eligibility after the spring 2020 season was worn out as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
No crew will ship extra players than USC, which can field six ladies. South Carolina is sending 4 players.
Looking for a favourite or a reputation to look at? These 10 players, who’re the highest-ranked collegians in the field in line with the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, can be place to start out.
Beatrice Wallin, Florida State
Beatrice Wallin, Florida State (FSU Athletics/Ross Obley)
Golfweek rating: 1 Beatrice Wallin, a junior from Sweden, hasn’t completed exterior the top 10 in any of her 4 begins with Florida State this spring. She went 12 beneath on Florida State’s difficult new Seminole Legacy Golf Club to win her crew’s house occasion by 13 pictures and set a person report for that occasion in the course of. Then, Wallin gained once more the subsequent month in Atlanta. Two years in the past, Wallin was T7 at the ANWA after a 71 on Augusta National that included three back-nine birdies.
Ana Pelaez, South Carolina
Ana Pelaez, South Carolina (South Carolina Athletics)
Golfweek rating: 2
Pelaez was at the 2019 ANWA, however exterior the ropes cheering on a teammate. Pelaez performs this time as a fifth-year senior. After lacking the fall season (she remained in her native Spain till January), Pelaez has completed inside the top 6 in every of 4 fall begins. The spunky Spaniard got here again to South Carolina for a fifth 12 months with “unfinished business” in thoughts.
Allisen Corpuz, USC
Allisen Corpuz (USC Athletics)
Golfweek rating: 3
For 4 and a half years, Corpuz has been a relentless presence for USC. She has anchored the Trojans this spring by profitable twice and ending in the top 4 three different occasions. Corpuz has a protracted resume in newbie golf, which incorporates a number of USGA begins. She was runner-up at the North & South Women’s Amateur over the summer time.
Pauline Roussin-Bouchard, South Carolina
Pauline Roussin-Bouchard throughout her freshman season. (Photo: South Carolina Athletics)
Golfweek rating: 4
The Frenchwoman spent 34 weeks atop the World Amateur Golf Ranking in 2020, which was a exceptional climb contemplating that Roussin-Bouchard didn’t qualify for this match in 2019. The South Carolina sophomore has gained twice this spring to associate with two different profession college victories.
Linn Grant, Arizona State
Linn Grant, Arizona State (Arizona State Athletics)
Golfweek rating: 5
Is anybody on a warmer profitable streak than Linn Grant? The Arizona State sophomore has gained her final three college tournaments main into the ANWA. Consider her missed lower there in 2019 just a little additional motivation.
Ingrid Lindblad, LSU
LSU’s Ingrid Lindblad. (Photo: Andrew Wevers)
Golfweek rating: 6
Lindblad’s remarkably constant outcomes this season are a product of her work ethic. Lindblad has not completed exterior the top 10 in seven begins, and most not too long ago gained the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic. LSU head coach Garrett Runion calls Lindblad the Joe Burrow of his crew.
Emma Spitz, UCLA
Emma Spitz, UCLA (UCLA Athletics)
Golfweek rating: 8
Spitz’s finishes to this point in her sophomore spring season: T3, T2, 2, 4. Spitz grew to become the first Austrian to win the British Girls Amateur in 2018 and when she teed it up at the ANWA two years in the past, she was amongst the 30 players to tee it up at Augusta National in the third spherical.
Karen Fredgaard, Houston
Karen Fredgaard, a Houston sophomore, gained the particular person title at the UCF Challenge on Feb. 2. (Houston Athletics)
Golfweek rating: 9
A robust participant from Houston, Fredgaard gained her first match out of the gate in February 2021 at the UCF Challenge. The participant from Denmark backed that up a month later by profitable Houston’s personal ICON Invitational at Golf Club of Houston with an 11-under whole.
Maja Stark, Oklahoma State
Maja Stark from Sweden fist bumps together with her caddie at the second inexperienced throughout the last spherical of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur. (Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports)
Golfweek rating: 11
Stark scored an enormous win early in the spring after going 15 beneath at the Heros Ladies Intercollegiate. That title goes together with two top-10 finishes, together with a runner-up at the SMU Trinity Forest Invitational. Heading into the ANWA, Stark gained towards at the Mountain View Collegiate. She’ll be one other participant who returns after making the 36-hole lower to compete on Augusta National.
Erica Shepherd, Duke
Erica Shepherd (American Junior Golf Association)
Golfweek rating: 13 Shepherd, a sophomore, broke via for her first college title in a loaded field at the Gamecock Intercollegiate. The Indiana native is a fierce competitor. She made the 36-hole lower at the 2019 ANWA.