Lee, a sophomore at UCLA and playing as an amateur, finished the tournament with rounds of 71-70-67-70-72—350 for a 10-under-par total to share medalist honors with Australia’s Minjee Lee. She turned professional immediately after signing her scorecard. Lee moves on from a very decorated amateur career which included honors such as the ANNIKA Award (College Player of the Year) and AJGA Rolex Junior Player of the Year in addition to representing the United States at the three Junior Solheim Cups, two Junior Ryder Cups, the World Amateur Team Championship and Curtis Cup.
Overall, the top 20 players earned full-time status on the 2015 LPGA Tour, while players finishing 21st-45th earned conditional status. Three other ANNIKA alums obtained full-time status for the 2015 LPGA Tour: Simin Feng (-7, T-6th), the 2009 ANNIKA Invitational champion; Kelly Shon (-6, T-9th); and Laetitia Beck (-4, T-18th), who survived a seven-player playoff for the final three spots. Earning conditional status was Stephanie Meadow (-4, T-18th), a two-time ANNIKA Invitational participant, after falling in the same seven-player playoff.
Happy Holidays from the ANNIKA Foundation! We’ve had a successful year with all of our golf events and initiatives; each has been crucial to our mission of impacting lives around the world. Here’s a recap of all that we accomplished this year.
At the grass-roots level, we hosted our fifth annual ANNIKA Junior Day in memory of Holly Baxter. On a sunny Saturday in September, we welcomed 80 children from the Orlando Minority Youth Golf Association (OMYGA) and The First Tee of Central Florida to the ANNIKA Academy. These boys and girls were coached on golf fundamentals and also heard a few words of inspiration from me.
At our four junior golf events we saw familiar faces like Bethany Wu, who became the first repeat champion of the ANNIKA Invitational. Newcomers like Marion Veysseyre of France and Yuan Ru Yin of China captured the ANNIKA Invitational Europe and ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills, respectively, to earn the biggest wins of their careers. Of significant note, these tournaments provided opportunities to earn coveted college scholarships with more than 70 college coaches in attendance. We also saw 12 up-and-coming Swedish girls serve notice as players to watch at the ANNIKA Cup.
Filippa Möörk and Tim Widing, both of Sweden, have been named the 2014 recipients of the ANNIKA Collegiate Golf Experience. Both were selected based on their positive representation of Swedish golf, good grades, tournament success, desire to play college golf in the U.S., and displaying common values similar to Annika.
The ANNIKA Collegiate Golf Experience began in 2003. Past recipients include LPGA players Anna Nordqvist (2004) and Caroline Hedwall (2006). The objective of this experience is to inspire young golfers to improve their golf games, prepare for the future, and bring them one step closer to earning a college scholarship. Each year, the ANNIKA Foundation selects two top Swedish junior golfers to travel to the United States. As part of the experience, they visit colleges and get a chance to tour the campus and meet with college golf coaches. The juniors train with Annika and her Academy team and learn the techniques, training methods, mental discipline and focus she applies to her game.
Filippa had a successful season having represented Sweden at the European Girls’ Team Championship, won several Skandia Tour events and finished 5th at the ANNIKA Invitational Europe. Tim also had similar success having represented Sweden at the European Boys’ Team Championship and finished T-11th at the AJGA’s Junior PLAYERS Championship.
Filippa and Tim will travel to the United States the week of November 17 to work with Annika and ANNIKA Academy instructors Kai Fusser (Director of Fitness) and Henri Reis (Director of Golf Instruction). During the week they will tune their games at Orlando-area courses Reunion Resort and Bella Collina while also taking visits to UCF and the University of Miami to learn about college golf opportunities.
The experience finishes with both Filippa and Tim competing in the AJGA’s Polo Golf Junior Classic (November 22-28) at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Linnea Ström, last year’s ANNIKA Collegiate Golf Experience recipient and 2012 ANNIKA Invitational Europe winner, won the event which springboarded her to a college golf scholarship with Arizona State.