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.
Alison Lee of Valencia, California defeated Lori Beth Adams of Burlington, N.C. in 19 holes to win the 112th North & South Women’s Amateur at Pinehurst. Lee, a rising sophomore at UCLA, continues to add to her impressive resume. She is this year’s winner of the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M, given to the top female college golfer, and is also a former champion of the ANNIKA Invitational (2012). She currently is ranked No. 3 in the women’s WAGR rankings.
Fumie (Alice) Jo of China defeated Eun Jeong Song of South Korea, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final of the U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship at The Home Course in Dupont, Wash. Jo, 15, who was a participant this year’s ANNIKA Invitational USA, became the first golfer from mainland China to win a USGA event. She is the second-youngest champion in WAPL history, after Michelle Wie, who won in 2003 as a 13-year-old. Jo is currently ranked No. 16 in the AJGA’s Polo Golf Rankings
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