As part of our partnership with the First Tee, and our collaboration with them to create “The Nine Healthy Habits” we are focusing on a different health habit every month. This month we are highlighting “Energy” and sharing all the ways you can provide your body with useful energy by making healthy choices.
Definition – the capacity of a body or physical system to do work; available power.
Why it important? – It is important to understand and make healthy choices about when to eat, how much to eat, and the types of food and drinks to provide the body with the most useful energy.
What do you eat and drink before a round of golf?
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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 →
Six ANNIKA Invitational alumni received sponsor exemptions as amateurs into next month’s Kraft Nabisco Championship. in Rancho Mirage, Calif. They include Nelly Korda and Angel Yin, who both finished T-14 at January’s ANNIKA Invitational.
Nelly, the younger sister of LPGA player Jessica Korda (also an ANNIKA Invitational alumni), is a two-time ANNIKA Invitational participant. She is coming off a victory at the Kathy Whitworth Invitational. Angel, a three-time ANNIKA Invitational participant, will be playing in her second Kraft Nabisco Championship. She made the cut in last year’s championship despite being the event’s youngest participant.
Other alumni earning exemptions are Alison Lee, the 2012 ANNIKA Invitational champion and UCLA freshman; Annie Park, the reigning NCAA champion and USC sophomore; Emma Talley, the defending U.S. Women’s Amateur champion and Alabama sophomore; and Ashlan Ramsey, Golfweek’s No. 1 amateur and Clemson freshman.
All six of these girls will be joined by highly-ranked amateurs Minjee Lee (#1), Su-Hyun Oh (#5) and Brooke Henderson (#6) in the field for the LPGA’s first Major of the year. We wish our girls the best of luck at the KNC; we will be following them closely the entire week!
Definition – A set of people with some shared element (such as geography) having common rights, privileges, or interests
Why it important? – Like the health of one’s body, it is important to also explore the health of one’s community and discover how one can give back and care for its environment and safety.
How have you given back to the game of golf? Why is it important to you?
First of all, I feel very lucky to be where I am thanks to golf. Of course I have worked hard and committed myself for years to this great game, but without it I wouldn’t live the great life I have today. I am very appreciative and one way of showing that is to give back to the game. To me it’s all about engaging our next generation to be active and to fulfill their dreams. Golf can certainly be a platform to do so. I have created junior initiatives to help inspire and educate the young ones. I like to share my knowledge and experiences to help guide aspiring golfers, especially young girls, in the right direction and help them make good choices in life. The ANNIKA Foundation does this through the ANNIKA Invitational in USA, Europe and China. We also have the ANNIKA Cup and ANNIKA Junior Day. As a mother, this is especially rewarding and fun for me because I know first-hand the importance of programs like these.
How does volunteering help the community?
I think we all have a responsibility, and hopefully an interest to make our neighborhood / community a better place to live. This is where we spend our days and nights, work, and where our friends and family grow up. By being active in the community, it brings people together and we can accomplish more when the efforts are collective. The feeling of bringing something to the table / engaging with others is very rewarding and I am proud to live where we do.
What are ways that people can get involved in helping their community?
There are so many ways to get involved. It can be in sports clubs, schools, churches and other organizations. It’s not always money that is needed. Contributing your time can sometimes be even more impactful. Find something you like and follow your passion as it will help drive your efforts. Where there’s a will there’s a way.
For the second time since the inaugural event in 2009, the American Junior Golf Association honored the ANNIKA Invitational with the 2013 Media Award. The fifth annual tournament, which was held at Reunion Resort in Reunion, Fla., Jan. 18-21, was recognized for outstanding media participation and coverage before, during and after the event across a variety of platforms.
Each year, the AJGA presents awards to the tournaments with the best individual hospitality, Junior-Am fundraising tournament, charitable giving and volunteer base. Awards are also given to the events with the highest media and social media participation. Finally, the AJGA recognizes the year’s most outstanding golf professional, superintendent and general manager, as well as the most improved event, best new event, best Junior All-Star tournament, best Invitational and overall tournament of the year. Awards will be presented at the J.R. “Digger” Smith Awards Banquet in Braselton, Ga., on March 8.
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