Past Champion Assessed Slow-Play Penalty at Augusta National Women’s Amateur

Anna Davis, the 2022 winner, missed the cut by one shot after a penalty assessed late in Round 2.
Anna Davis hits from the rough on the first fairway during the first round of the Augusta National Women's Amateur.
Anna Davis hits from the rough on the first fairway during the first round of the Augusta National Women's Amateur. / Katie Goodale / USA TODAY NETWORK

For the second consecutive year, Anna Davis is going home early from the Augusta National Women’s Amateur following a penalty.

Davis, the 2022 winner, was assessed a one-shot penalty Thursday for slow play during the second round at Champions Retreat Golf Club. The penalty, assessed on the 17th hole, gave her a two-day total of 70-78–148, one shot outside the cut line.

“Her group, which included Lottie Woad and Maria Jose Marin, was notified that they were out of position multiple times during their second round. While being timed, Davis received her first bad time after playing her second stroke on hole No. 5 and received her second bad time following her second stroke on hole No. 17. She was subsequently assessed a one-stroke penalty, which was applied on hole No. 17,” read a statement from the tournament committee.

Davis, an 18-year-old freshman at Auburn, did not speak to the media after the round.

Last year, Davis was assessed two two-shot penalties for actions on the opening hole of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur. Due to damp conditions at Champions Retreat, a “preferred lies” rule was in effect for the opening round, meaning players could lift, clean and place balls in closely mown areas. That does not include the rough, and she lifted her ball twice from the rough on the first hole. An opening 5 was turned into a 9, Davis’s final score was 76 and she missed the cut after the next day’s play. 

The cut Thursday fell at 3 over par after a blustery second round (only 10 players in the field of 72 shot better on Thursday than Wednesday), with 35 players advancing to Saturday’s final round at Augusta National Golf Club. All players are invited to play a practice round at Augusta National on Friday.


Published
John Schwarb

JOHN SCHWARB

John Schwarb is the senior golf editor for Sports Illustrated whose career has spanned more than 25 years covering sports. He’s been featured on ESPN.com, PGATour.com, The Golfers Journal and Tampa Bay Times. He’s also the author of The Little 500: The Story of the World's Greatest College Weekend. A member of the Golf Writers Association of America, John is based in Indianapolis.