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FSGA Females Take Center Stage in Augusta

April 1, 2024

AUGUSTA, Ga. – It is officially spring which means the town of Augusta, Georgia is buzzing with excitement. As most are aware, ahead of the famous Masters Tournament comes a highly sought after amateur women’s event. The annual Augusta National Women’s Amateur will take place April 3-6 with the best female amateurs in the world taking center stage. Among those players are six females from the state of Florida, whose names come as no surprise at this prestigious event. Gianna Clemente, Maisie Filler, Megan Schofill, Latanna Stone, Bailey Shoemaker, and Casey Weidenfeld, are all in the field each with a golf resume as elite as the event itself.

The Augusta National Women’s Amateur, or the ANWA, consists of an international field of 72 female amateurs that compete over 54 holes of stroke play. A cut to the top 30 players takes place after 36 holes, and the remaining players compete in their final round at August National Golf Club. This event was established in 2018 and announced by Chairman, Fred Ridley, at his annual press conference at the Masters Tournament. The event was established to inspire greater interest and participation in the women’s game by creating a new, exciting and rewarding pathway for these players to fulfill their dreams.

Gianna Clemente | Estero

Clemente will be making her second appearance at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur. Last year, she advanced to the final round and ultimately finished T-14, at only fifteen years old. Clemente is starting out her 2024 season at full speed as she has already secured three top-12 finishes this year, including runner-up in the South Atlantic Women’s Amateur in Florida and a T-10 in the Fortinet Girls’ Invitational at Stanford. Clemente was also one of 12 players invited to participate in the 2024 U.S. Curtis Cup practice session at Seminole Golf Club. Most recently, she has earned a spot on the first-ever U.S. National Junior Team that was just released by the USGA on March 26. The 2026 high school grad, was the 2023 recipient of the FSGA President’s award.

Clemente had a spectacular 2023 season as she secured a top-10 finish at the Girls Junior Invitational at Sage Valley in South Carolina. She also secured a top-20 finish as an amateur at the Florida’s Natural Charity Classic on the Epson Tour, and she secured a top-25 finish at the Annika invitational. She continued her year by winning the 2023 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship with partner, Avery Zweig. Clemente advanced to the Round of 32 in the 2023 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, and made an appearance as a Semifinalist at the 2022 U.S. Girl’s Junior Championship.

Finally, Clemente, a four-time junior All-American, has an impressive record with the Florida Junior Tour including four wins over her career.

Maisie Filler | Palm Beach Gardens

A senior at the University of Florida, Filler is set to make her second appearance at the ANWA. Filler has earned her first three collegiate wins within the past year at the, Tar Heel Invitational, The Ally, and the Moon Golf Invitational. She also captured the win at the Jones/Doherty Women’s Amateur, and she had a record of 3-0-0 in the Therese Hession Regional Challenge.

In 2023, Filler finished T-5 in the Canadian Women’s Amateur, and recorded top-20 finishes in not only the North & South Women’s Amateur, but also the Women’s Western Amateur. In addition, she competed in the LPGA Tour’s ShopRite LPGA Classic in New Jersey.

Filler’s FSGA highlights include a runner-up finish at the 2022 Women’s Amateur Championship. She has had a remarkable junior career on the Florida Junior Tour including a top-10 at the Girls’ Junior as well as appearances at the U.S. Women’s Amateur and the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship.

Megan Schofill | Monticello

Schofill will make her fourth appearance at the ANWA at the first of April. The fifth year student at Auburn University advanced to the final round for the first time last year in August and ultimately finished T-14. Schofill earned 2023 FSGA Women’s Player of the year honors. The highlight to her 2023 season came with a win at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. She defeated fellow Florida companion, Latanna Stone, 4 & 3 in the Finals last summer. In December, she was among twelve players invited to participate in the 2024 U.S. Curtis Cup practice session at Seminole Golf Club. Schofill is picking up where she left off this season as she already has four top-10 finishes in college events along with a third place finish at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic. She secured a fourth place finish at the Mason Rudolph Women’s Championship, where she was the defending champion. In addition, she secured a top-10 finish in the Valspar Augusta Invitational.

Finally, she earned First Team All-American honors as a senior at Auburn and represented the United States in both the Arnold Palmer Cup and the Women’s World Amateur Team Championship.

Bailey Shoemaker | Dade City

Shoemaker will head to the ANWA for the third time, but it will be her fourth visit to Augusta National as Shoemaker was a Drive, Chip, and Putt National Finalist in 2018. The University of Southern California freshman has already secured five top-20 finishes this season. Notably, she earned a top-10 in the Stanford Intercollegiate and the East Lake Cup at Atlanta Athletic Club.

Shoemaker played some remarkable golf in 2023 as well. She started out the year with a tied-for-fourth finish at the Girls Junior Invitational at Sage Valley, and a top-5 finish at the Kathy Whitworth Invitational. In addition, she made the cut and secured a top-30 finish in the Epson Tour’s Florida’s Natural Charity Classic. Shoemaker also captured some prestigious titles in 2022 including a victory at the 93rd Women’s Amateur Championship, a win at the Kathy Whitworth Invitational, and she earned FSGA Women’s and Girls’ Player of the Year honors. The Dade City resident advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, made the cut in all three of her LPGA Tour starts including the U.S. Women’s Open, and captured a runner-up finish with partner, Schroeder at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball.

Other career highlights include winning the 2018 FJT Tour Championship and the 2020 Women’s Four-ball Championship with partner, Madison Hewlett.

Latanna Stone | Riverview

The fifth-year student at LSU is heading to Augusta for her third ANWA appearance at the first of April. In 2022, Stone reached the final round at Augusta National, and secured a second-place finish at the ANWA. She ultimately fell short of the win by one stroke to Anna Davis.

Most recently, Stone gained recognition for her runner-up finish at the 2023 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. Stone fell short of the victory to fellow Florida competitor, Megan Schofill. However, she defeated Amari Avery, Rachel Kuehn, Yana Wilson, and Rachel Heck to advance to the final match against Schofill. She will tee it up in Augusta against some familiar names, as all of these players are set to compete in the August National Women’s Amateur on April 3.

Stone is yet another player in the field that was among twelve players invited to participate in the 2024 U.S. Curtis Cup practice session held at Seminole Golf Club. In 2023, Stone captured her first individual collegiate win at the Nexus Collegiate Invitational, which she followed up with two more collegiate wins as the season progressed. She also reached the Round of 64 in the Women’s Amateur Championship in England. In addition to her victories, Stone earned Second Team All-American honors.

Her FSGA highlights include capturing a top-30 at the 2020 Florida Women’s Open and capturing a victory at the 2017 Girls’ Junior Championship.

Casey Weidenfeld | Pembroke Pines

The Auburn University redshirt sophomore will head to Augusta to make her ANWA debut. She is already off to a great start to her college season as she has secured three top-6 finishes, which include second place finishes at the Mason Rudolph Women’s Championship and the Tar Heel Invitational.

Weidenfeld carded many remarkable rounds in 2023, such as reaching the quarterfinals of the Women’s Wester Amateur, the Round of 16 in the North and South Women’s Amateur, and the Round of 32 in the U.S. Women’s Amateur. She also found success as a junior golfer earning Junior All-American honors twice. In addition, Weidenfeld teamed up with fellow Florida companion, Jillian Bourdage, to secure a runner-up finish at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Championship.

Her FSGA highlights include capturing a victory with Jillian Bourdage at the 2023 Women’s Four-Ball Championship. Weidenfeld also advanced as a semifinalist in the 2022 Women’s Amateur Championship and captured a victory at the 2022 Summer Mixed event with partner, Kasey Denesevich. Finally, in 2020, Weidenfeld secured a second place finish at the Girls’ Junior Championship.