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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Rong Ji, Ziyi Wang and Yuting Shi, all from China and participants in the ANNIKA Invitational, will compete in this week’s LET Mission Hills World Ladies Championship. Rong earned her exemption from winning the 2013 ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills, while Ziyi and Yuting earned their invitations thanks to top finishes in other events in China. All three girls competed in January’s ANNIKA Invitational USA with Ziyi and Yuting finishing in a tie for second. Read more →
An easy way to focus on the process is to forget about the prize waiting at the finish line. For advice on this method, consult Mariah Stackhouse, the Stanford sophomore who seemed the only person at the UC Irvine Invitational on Feb. 25 who didn’t realize she had just won an LPGA exemption.
“I was so confused because I had no idea what (UC Irvine head coach Julie Brooks) was talking about,” Stackhouse remembers about accepting her individual trophy. “We took pictures after and I was still confused.”
Stackhouse admits that Stanford head coach Anne Walker had told the team at the beginning of the season that the winner of the UC Irvine Invitational would receive a sponsor exemption into the LPGA’s Kia Classic (to be played March 27-30). Stackhouse had just forgotten about it. The Kia will be her fourth LPGA start, following the 2010 Mojo 6 and the 2011 and ’13 U.S. Women’s Opens.
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