CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia women’s golfers Beth Lillie (Fullerton, Calif.) and Amanda Sambach (Davidson, N.C.) open play at the 2022 Augusta National Women’s Amateur on Wednesday. Both players met the standard of being among the United States’ top-30 players in the final World Amateur Golf Rankings for 2021 to qualify for the tournament. There are a total of 72 player’s in the field for the event.

This will be Lillie’s first appearance at the event while Sambach will be making a return showing after competing at the 2021 tournament. Previously, UVA’s Anna Redding played in the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur in 2019. The 2020 championship was canceled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The first 36 holes of the Augusta Women’s Amateur Championship will be contested over two days on the Island and Bluff nines at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., March 30-31. The entire field will then play Augusta National for an official practice round Friday, April 1. The final round will take place at Augusta National on Saturday, April 2 and will feature the top 30 competitors who made the cut.

Sambach is scheduled to start her first round Wednesday at 10:18 a.m. from the first hole. Lillie will be in the last group to tee off. She tees off at 10:42 a.m. from the 10th tee.

NBC Sports will produce and broadcast three hours of live final-round coverage at Augusta National from 12-3 p.m. EDT on April 2, 2022. NBC Sports will also provide pre-event promotion across NBCUniversal’s portfolio, while Golf Channel will deliver highlights, live reports and news coverage throughout the event, including onsite during the first two competitive rounds at Champions Retreat. Additionally, Golf Channel’s “Live From the Masters” will commence on Friday, April 1 from Augusta National and wrap ANWA coverage on Saturday, April 2.

More information, including live scoring, is available