Paula Creamer calls for women’s Masters at Au­gusta

The China Post - - SPORTS - BY JANIE MCCAULEY

Paula Creamer is call­ing for a women’s Masters at Au­gusta Na­tional. Creamer would love for or­ga­niz­ers to at least lis­ten to the idea of women play­ing a Masters in con­sec­u­tive weeks with the men’s tour­na­ment. She re­it­er­ated her thoughts Tues­day at Lake Merced Golf Club, where the Bay Area na­tive is pre­par­ing for this week’s Swing­ing Skirts LPGA Clas­sic.

On April 14, Creamer posted on Twit­ter: “I hope The Masters will con­sider a Women’s Masters soon. They do so much to grow the game. Fastest area of golf growth is women! #6Ma­jors?”

“I’ve been there, I’ve played there, stayed in But­ler’s Cabin,” said Creamer, the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open cham­pion. “I had an awe­some time. I think the pa­trons and every­body would love to have two weeks there, two tour­na­ments. Why wouldn’t you? Hope­fully, we will see some­thing change and hap­pen.”

While she hasn’t heard from any­one of­fi­cial at Au­gusta, there has been plenty of pos­i­tive feed­back since she made the com­ments. She wants to be part of golf tak­ing steps to re­cruit the next gen­er­a­tion of young play­ers.

“It’s 2015. I think Au­gusta and the Masters and every­body with that event, they want to grow the game so badly,” Creamer said. “That’s what it is, about grow­ing the game and giv­ing peo­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties. The Chip and Putt, all of that for the kids to be able to come out there. There’s no rea­son why we can’t do that in women’s golf. We’re just as much a part of grow­ing the game.”

When re­minded that Au­gusta Na­tional Golf Club Chair­man Billy Payne has ref­er­enced sched­ul­ing is­sues when it comes to adding an event such as a women’s tour­na­ment, Creamer noted she be­lieves it wouldn’t be that hard and “I think they could han­dle two weeks a year.”

“You could have two ma­jor tour­na­ments back-to-back,” she said.

Payne has said he doesn’t en­vi­sion a women’s Masters.

“We have a very short mem­ber sea­son at Au­gusta Na­tional. It’s seven months only,” he said. “The time that we ded­i­cate to the prepa­ra­tion and con­duct of the tour­na­ment is al­ready ex­ten­sive. I don’t think that we would ever host an­other tour­na­ment.”

Creamer is open to par­tic­i­pat­ing in fur­ther dis­cus­sion.

“There’s no rea­son why you can’t re­visit things. I think some­body’s got to speak up and some­body’s got to say some­thing,” Creamer said. “It’s an idea, I don’t think that peo­ple should be ashamed to talk about it. I’d like to know truth­fully why we wouldn’t be able to have a tour­na­ment there. Def­i­nitely women’s golf de­serves some­thing like that.”

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