Caley McGinty: I’m excited for Augusta challenge

Caley McGinty has admitted she’s a veteran when it comes to playing at Augusta National – but only on a games console!

This week, though, the England international will swap a controller for clubs when she pegs it up at one of the most famous venues in world golf in the third staging of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.

McGinty revealed her excitement ahead of the event when speaking to the latest edition of the England Golf Podcast. Listen to the full interview here.

The England women’s squad player has earned her place in the 72-strong field thanks to a sparkling year of results in 2021.

McGinty will be joined at the event by England colleague Annabell Fuller, back for a second year running.

The 21-year-old has to pinch herself at the prospect of playing in the tournament, something she never thought would happen when she first tried to conquer Augusta from the comfort of home alongside her brother!

“I’m so excited,” admitted the Gloucestershire golfer.

“Ever since I started playing golf with my brother aged seven or eight we always had the Masters on TV.

“All the games on X-box or Wii Sports, we played Augusta! So to play there at an event such as the Women’s Amateur is going to be surreal and I hope I can soak up every minute.

“It’s like a dream come true. I watched the inaugural one a few years ago and said then I wanted to be a part of it one day.

“To be at the event will be so special.

“I’ve only been to the entrance with college – we were playing an event at Augusta and I took a picture beside the sign!”

McGinty won five times on the US college circuit last year to underline her credentials in the amateur game.

She also helped England win the European title and Home Internationals and was picked to represent GB&I at the Curtis Cup – with this week’s companion Fuller beside her on all three teams.

On tapping her friend for some insight, McGinty added: “I talked to her a little bit over the last few months.

“I’ve heard from most people that it’s hillier and slopier than on TV which is good info to have. I’m looking forward to seeing Annabell too – it’s been a while.

“I don’t think we can have our phones, but I hope someone is taking pictures because I’ll be printing them for sure!”

The English duo certainly have the game to do well at the event which tees off tomorow.

You can follow the action on the ANWA website with coverage also on SKY Sports Golf.

The opening two rounds are being played at Champions Retreat Golf Club before the field head to Augusta National for a practice round on Friday.

The top 30 players from the first 36 holes go forward to play Augusta National competitively on Saturday.