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!
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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