The month of April kicks off in the California desert with the LPGA’s first Major of the year, the Kraft Nabisco Championship. The KNC will be contested April 3 – 6 on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club. There will be 112 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 112 players, 10 are former and current ANNIKA Invitational participants who will be trying to follow in the footsteps of Annika, a three-time champion of the KNC.
Nelly Korda, Alison Lee, Annie Park, Ashlan Ramsey, Emma Talley, Lilia Vu and Angel Yin will be competing as amateurs, while Austin Ernst, Danielle Kang and Jessica Korda will be competing as members of the LPGA Tour. They have collectively won USGA, NCAA, and LPGA titles to go along with selections to Curtis Cup and Junior Solheim Cup teams. Lilia Vu qualified into the event by winning the KNC Champions Junior Challenge, an 18-hole qualifier held for 39 Southern California girls on the Monday before the Kraft Nabisco Championship. All of these girls have had success on the national and international level. This success will undoubtedly prove helpful this week when they compete against the top players in the world. Read more →
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