This week the California desert will play host to golf’s first Major, the ANA Inspiration. The ANA Inspiration (formerly the Kraft Nabisco Championship) will be contested April 2 – 5 on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club. There will be 116 players competing over four days for the chance to take home the title and dive into legendary Poppie’s Pond beside the 18th green. Of the 116 players, 15 are former and current ANNIKA Invitational participants who will be trying to follow in the footsteps of Annika, a three-time champion of the ANA Inspiration.
Six amateur exemptions were given out this year, and all six just happen to be ANNIKA Invitational alumni – Celine Boutier, Nelly Korda, Andrea Lee, Mika Liu, Haley Moore and Bethany Wu. The nine alumni that are competing as LPGA members are Austin Ernst, Yueer Cindy Feng, Jaye Marie Green, Danielle Kang, Jessica Korda, Alison Lee, Amelia Lewis, Stephanie Meadow and Kelly Shon. Of this group, Boutier (2011), Lee (2012) and Wu (2013 & 2014) are past ANNIKA Invitational champions. Moore qualified into the event after shooting a 5-under-par 67 and winning the ANA Inspiration Champions Junior Challenge, an 18-hole qualifier held for 33 Southern California girls on the Monday before the ANA Inspiration. Read more →
The ANNIKA Foundation is honored to welcome 3M as a sponsor of the ANNIKA Intercollegiate, ANNIKA Award and our global series of Invitational tournaments. The new partnership with 3M reflects both organizations’ dedication to empowering the next generation, especially women and girls.