Marion Veysseyre of France rallied from a one-shot deficit to win the third annual ANNIKA Invitational Europe. Playing in the penultimate group, Veysseyre fired a final round 69 to finish the event at 3-under-par 213 to win by one shot over Elodie Bridenne of France and Ana Pelaez of Spain.
The ANNIKA Invitational Europe was a 54-hole stroke play competition played on the par-72 Old Course at Forsgårdens Golf Club. The course played at 5,380 meters (5,885 yards) for the 76 players from nine different countries.
Veysseyre jumped out of the gates early with a birdie on No. 2 to grab a share of the lead. Three more front-nine birdies led to a front-nine 32 and sole lead of the tournament. After a birdie on No. 11, a costly double bogey on No. 13 dropped her back into a share of the lead with Pelaez. Veysseyre was able to play the remaining difficult holes in even par, which was good enough to hold off Bridenne and Pelaez for the title.
The third annual ANNIKA Invitational Europe takes place August 5-7 at Forsgardens Golf Club in Kungsbacka, Sweden. The event will feature 78 of the world’s best female junior golfers from 12 different countries competing over 54 holes.
Created in 2012, the ANNIKA Invitational Europe is an elite junior golf championship founded by Annika whose goal is to utilize her experience to inspire and develop the next generation of junior golfers through education and competitive golf. This tournament will give 78 junior girls between the ages of 12-18 the opportunity to showcase their skills on the international stage.
Like other ANNIKA Invitational events, the ANNIKA Invitational Europe is about “More Than Golf.” The “More Than Golf” concept was an idea created by Annika to give players the opportunity to learn and take something away from the event aside from just a score. Players will have the opportunity to participate in a Junior-Am while paired up with tournament supporters similar to a Pro-Am on the LPGA Tour. They will also be treated to a clinic hosted Annika where they can interact directly with her through a Q&A. Players will also attend workshops consisting of topics that include information on college golf, a yoga session, and information about the Solheim and Junior Solheim Cups.
Definition – The action of keeping safe, averting or reducing energy, danger or loss.
Why it important? – Physical safety includes playing in a safe environment and by the rules, protecting the body with proper equipment, warm-up and cool-down and wearing sun protection.
How important is it to stretch before a round of golf? Can you share your typical warm-up routine?
Stretching is important, but you should never do it while your muscles are cold. Before you do any stretching moves, you should always walk, run or jump rope. I would always make sure the blood would flow before any serious muscle movements. When I exercise I do a full range of motion so I get stretching in before many of my workouts.
Golfers spend many hours a day playing and practicing in the sun. What do you do to protect yourself from the sun’s UV rays?
This is really important. As a little kid growing up in Sweden we missed the sun, so when we had some we would “bake” ourselves. Obviously, I never understood the danger of UV rays, but now that I am a little older I see and hear how it affects people. We all need to take this seriously. It’s not just premature aging like wrinkled skin and spots you have to worry about, it’s also killing thousands every year. However, it’s not so hard to protect yourself. Make sure you have the right sun protection to protect you from UV rays. I recommend an SPF of 30 or higher. Make sure you apply first thing in the morning and then reapply every few hours to be safe. Knowing you are protected helps you enjoy the outdoors more. You can also visit our partner, Sun SafeTee, on their website to learn more about sun protection (http://www.sunsafetee.org/).
How often to you think about and incorporate safety in your life? Why is it important?
I think the older we get the more conscious we get. Age tends to make us more aware and exposed to more serious and dangerous situations. We also start to see the importance of life and how vulnerable we can be. Now as mother and wife I am very concerned and health conscious. Safety in golf, sports and life is top priority in our lives.
Definition – Strict adherence to a standard of value or conduct; personal honesty and independence.
Why it important? – Golf is a game of etiquette and composure. Players are responsible for their actions and personal conduct on the golf course even at times when others may not be looking.
Why is having integrity important in the game of golf?
There is no other sport like golf where we are our own judges / referees on the course. We are personally expected to call attention to any rules infractions and incidents. Integrity represents who you are and your actions represent your values. Showing integrity in golf honors and pays respects to the history and tradition of the game. That is one reason why golf is so special.
Can you share some examples of people you’ve noticed demonstrate integrity?
Throughout my touring life I saw many players display integrity on the course. Nowadays I see it as I play with amateurs regularly in Pro-Ams or charity events. There is no better place than on a golf course to see and learn about someone’s personality, character and display of integrity. Simple examples would be playing the ball as it lies, accurately counting scores and following the rules correctly.
What is your definition of integrity?
Integrity to me is what a person stands for, believes in and how they choose to live their life. It is one thing to say and preach information while opting to act differently. One must be true to their words and values. We all experience this in our daily life and it is important to remember that “You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.”
Alison Lee, a freshman at UCLA, has been named winner of the inaugural ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M.
The ANNIKA Award honors the women’s collegiate player of the year as selected by a vote of college golfers, coaches and golf media members. The ANNIKA Foundation, 3M, Golfweek and the Fred Haskins Commission — which for 42 years has governed the premier award in men’s college golf, the Haskins Award – partnered to create the ANNIKA Award.
Lee, 19, finished her freshman campaign at UCLA with eight top-five finishes in 12 events and three individual wins, including the Pac-12 Championship. She was named the 2014 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and Golfer of the Year, WCGA’s national Freshman of the Year, and first-team All-American. Lee broke the UCLA single season scoring record with a 71.0 average in 34 rounds, 20 of which were under par (another school record). She finished the season ranked the No. 1 player in the Golfweek and Golfstat Rankings.
“I feel really honored to win it and thankful for all the people who voted,” says Lee. “My freshman year has been so fun and I feel like I accomplished so much. To have the ANNIKA Award on my resume is huge.”
Annika is no stranger to the UCLA star, as Lee won the 2012 ANNIKA Invitational. “I am excited to announce Alison as the inaugural winner of the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M,” says Annika. “She is great young player at UCLA who had a tremendous season and has a very bright future. I’m very happy for her.”
The ANNIKA Award will be presented to Lee at a Gala Dinner at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M to be held at Reunion Resort on September 27-30, 2014. Lee’s UCLA team is in the field along with 11 of the other top Division I women’s college teams in the country.