'Hoos Redding to play Augusta Women's Amateur

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- The week before the Masters, 72 women will descend upon Augusta National for the first ever Augusta National Women's Amateur. Virginia's Anna Redding is one.

"It doesn't get any better than that for an amateur," Redding said. "To walk where Tiger Woods and Jordan Speith walked, its incredible."

Redding is the 15th ranked amateur in the United States, making her a qualifier. The top 30 amateurs in the United States and internationally received invitations.

"We're so proud of her for accomplishing this goal of hers to be selected for the tournament," said Virginia women's golf coach Ria Scott. "I know she'll be rocking her UVA gear through the event as she always does at all the amateur events that she plays and we're really looking forward to seeing how she shines at Augusta."

While competing at a tournament in Orlando last week, Redding's invitation was sent to her parent's home in North Carolina. That didn't take away from any of the excitement when she got the invitation in her hand.

"I'm really ready to compete on Augusta National and just to be able to say that I've done that," she said. "70 people in the entire world are going to get to say that."

The first two rounds of the amateur will be played at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Evans, Georgia on Wednesday and Thursday. Everyone will play a practice round at Augusta National on Friday before the field is trimmed to the top 30 scorers, with the champion being crowned on Saturday before the Masters.

The tournament winner will receive an invitation to the next five Augusta National Women’s Amateurs, the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open, the 2019 Women’s British Open, and any USGA, R&A and PGA of America amateur championships.