ANNIKA Invitational

Reunion Resort
Reunion, Fla. January 17 - 20, 2014

American Junior Golf Association • Contact: Amanda Herrington • (678) 425-1789 • aherrington@ajga.org

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TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET

Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

College bound: 49 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
  Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Lakareber Abe 2014 Alabama
Emma Albrecht 2015 University of Notre Dame
Shannon Brooks 2015 University of Tennessee
Sierra Brooks 2016 University of Florida
Abbey Carlson 2016 Vanderbilt
Virginia Elena Carta 2015 Duke
Lydia Choi 2014 UCLA
Gabriela Coello 2016 University of Georgia
Allisen Corpuz 2016 USC
Rachel Dai 2015 Univeristy of Pennsylvania
Alexandra Farnsworth 2014 Vanderbilt University
Maria Fassi 2016 University of Arkansas
Mariel Galdiano 2016 UCLA
Allyson Geer 2017 Michigan State
Malene Kroelboell Hansen 2014 Coastal Carolina
Muni He 2017 USC
Alice Hewson 2015 Clemson
Jillian Hollis 2015 University of Georgia
Rong Ji 2015 Stanford
Isabelle Johansson 2014 University of Kentucky
Kayla Jones 2014 Florida State University
Dylan Kim 2015 Baylor University
Cheyenne Knight 2015 Alabama
Jordy LaBarbera 2014 University of Arkansas
Stephanie Lau 2015 Northwestern University
Amy Lee 2015 USC
Andrea Lee 2016 Stanford University
Ailin Li 2015 Boston College
Maddie McCrary 2014 Oklahoma State University
Haley Moore 2016 University of Arizona
Nicole Morales 2014 Alabama
Anna Newell 2014 University of Tennessee
Vinh-Hop Ngo 2014 Wake Forest
Michaela Owen 2015 Auburn
Kaitlyn Papp 2017 University of Texas
Jennifer Peng 2014 Yale
Lisa Pettersson 2014 East Carolina
Krystal Quihuis 2014 University of Arizona
Robynn Ree 2015 USC
Jackie Rogowicz 2015 Penn State
Kathleen Scavo 2015 University of Oregon
Sophia Schubert 2014 Auburn University
Yuting Shi 2016 Beijing Shichahai Sports School
Lauren Stephenson 2015 Clemson
Bailey Tardy 2015 University of Georgia
Lilia Vu 2015 UCLA
Samantha Wagner 2015 Florida
Kelly Whaley 2015 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bethany Wu 2015 UCLA
 
 
Local flavor: 11 players from Florida will compete.
  Hometown Grad
Emma Albrecht Ormond Beach 2015
Sierra Brooks Sorrento 2016
Abbey Carlson Lake Mary 2016
Gabriela Coello Winter Garden 2016
Dylan Kim Winter Garden 2015
Nelly Korda Bradenton 2016
Ailin Li Windermere 2015
Mika Liu Bradenton 2017
Ruixin Liu Orlando 2017
Anna Newell Tampa 2014
Samantha Wagner Windermere 2015
A tradition of excellence
The ANNIKA Invitational has been a can’t-miss stop for the best junior girls on the AJGA’s schedule since it made its debut in 2009, taking home the Newcomer of the Year Award and the top honor of Invitational of the Year in 2010. Many factors go into what makes the event as special as it is, but none can compare to the hands-on approach tournament chair Annika takes with the tournament week. In addition to the ANNIKA Clinic sponsored by Rolex, Annika organizes an evening of seminars where players learn topics from health and nutrition to media training.
An international affair
With the ANNIKA Invitational’s roots in the United States, the tournament has branched out, adding an event in China in 2011, the ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills, China’s first all-girls junior tournament. In August 2012, Sweden hosted the first ANNIKA Invitational in Europe. The top three finishers from each international event were invited to play at Reunion. China's champion Rong Ji and Europe's champion Malene Kroelboell Hansen will both compete.
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The field welcomes a crop of international talent, including champions and top finishers from past ANNIKA Invitationals. In 2013, Bethany Wu set a tournament record of 10-under-par 206 as she captured her first AJGA Invitational win. She will defend her title in 2014, looking to become the first repeat winner of the ANNIKA Invitational. Other top finishers from past years will return including: Amy Lee of Brea, Calif., China's Ruixin Liu of Orlando, Fla., Samantha Wagner of Windermere, Fla., and Nicole Morales of South Salem, N.Y.
Press conference with Annika
The American Junior Golf Association will hold a press conference with Annika Sorenstam on Friday, Jan. 17, at 11 a.m. in Ballroom C at Reunion Resort in Reunion, Fla., held in conjunction with the sixth-annual ANNIKA Invitational. The panel will feature Annika, alongside defending champions from her three international junior golf events: Bethany Wu (USA), Rong Ji (China) and Malene Kroelboell Hansen (Europe). Also on the panel is Carrie Forsyth, head coach of the top-ranked UCLA women’s golf program.

Schedule of Events

Friday, January 17
8 a.m. shotgun Practice Round
 
Saturday, January 18
8:20 – 10:10 a.m. First Round off Nos. 1 & 10 tees
 
Sunday, January 19
8:20 – 10:10 a.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 & 10 tees
 
Monday, January 20
8:20 – 10:10 a.m. Final Round off Nos. 1 & 10 tees
3 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Megan Khang, Rockland, Mass. (2015)
No. 2 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Khang looks to build off a successful 2013 campaign which included T3 finishes at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship and the Junior PGA Championship, and a victory at The PING Invitational. Khang put together five top-five finishes in 2013 and was named to the Rolex Junior All-America First Team. Khang is playing in her second ANNIKA Invitational.
Amy Lee, Brea, Calif. (2015)
Lee, No. 3 in Polo Golf Rankings, will compete in her fourth ANNIKA Invitational after tying for eighth in 2013. Lee went on to record three top-six finishes before capturing the title at the Junior PGA Championship. A three-time Rolex Junior All-American, Lee has made a verbal commitment to the University of Southern California.
Nicole Morales, South Salem, N.Y. (2014)
Morales is currently the No. 1-ranked player in the Polo Golf Rankings. Morales has amassed 10 top-five finishes in her junior golf career, including a win at the 2013 Thunderbird International Junior and a tie for fourth at the 2013 Rolex Tournament of Champions. Morales will play in her third ANNIKA Invitational. Her best finish was in 2013 when she took 11th place. A two-time, first-team Rolex All-America, Morales has signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Alabama.
Samantha Wagner, Windermere, Fla. (2015)
Wagner has put together 10 top-five finishes in national junior golf competition. Wagner won the 2012 AJGA Junior Championship and has finished second twice at the Kathy Whitworth Invitational. She will be playing in her fourth ANNIKA Invitational. Her best finish of T8 came in 2013. A two-time Rolex Junior All-American, Wagner has made a verbal commitment to the University of Florida.
Bethany Wu, Diamond Bar, Calif. (2015)
No. 4 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Wu set an ANNIKA Invitational tournament record in 2013, of 10-under-par 206 as she captured her first AJGA Invitational win. She will defend her title in 2014, looking to become the first repeat winner of the ANNIKA Invitational. Wu had three top-five finishes in 2013 and finished the year with Rolex Junior All-America honors for the second straight year. She has made a verbal commitment to UCLA.
 

2013 Results

ANNIKA Invitational
Reunion Resort (January 18 - 21, 2013)
 
1 Bethany Wu Diamond Bar, Calif. 68–71–67—206
T2 Karen Chung Livingston, N.J. 70–72–67—209
T2 Emily Pedersen Smoerum, Denmark 70–71–68—209
4 Yu Liu Beijing, China 73–69–69—211
T5 Linnea Strom Hovas, Sweden 71–71–71—213
T5 Ruixin Liu (China) Orlando, Fla. 74–70–69—213
T5 Simin Feng (China) Windermere, Fla. 72–70–71—213
T8 Samantha Wagner Windermere, Fla. 73–69–72—214
T8 Mai Dechathipat (Thailand) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla. 73–75–66—214
T8 Amy Lee Brea, Calif. 72–69–73—214
 

Media Accommodations

The ANNIKA Invitational will have AJGA communications representatives on hand to assist media throughout the week. Prior to the tournament the AJGA will provide information about the event and its participants, as well as assist with player interviews.

After each round, media officials on-site will write a recap with the day's results. These will be emailed to all media outlets. Interviews with AJGA Tournament Directors, Tournament Chairmen and juniors may be conducted before or after tournament rounds.

For more information about the AJGA and tournaments, please refer to ajga.org. Tournament websites are accessible from the homepage and include recaps, list of participants, tee times, live scoring, course and sponsorship information.

About the ANNIKA Foundation

Annika created the ANNIKA Foundation (www.annikafoundation.org) as a way to teach children the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition, and offer aspiring junior golfers opportunities to pursue their dreams. The Foundation has partnered with key organizations to promote healthy, active lifestyles for children, including SPARK, Florida Hospital for Children in support of its Healthy 100 Kids initiative and The First Tee in development of the Nine Healthy Habits curriculum for children.

 

The Foundation annually conducts four major golf events for aspiring junior girls: the AJGA ANNIKA Invitational at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla.; ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills in China; ANNIKA Invitational Europe in Sweden; and ANNIKA Cup, a team event for Swedish juniors. In 2013, its reach extended to the collegiate ranks with the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M (awarded to most outstanding female NCAA Division I golfer) and ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M (12-team, 54-hole event at Reunion Resort). SPARK grants to schools, financial support of Healthy 100 Kids, endowment of an AJGA ACE scholarship, ANNIKA Junior Day, ANNIKA Inspiration Award and scholarships for aspiring Swedish juniors are other key initiatives.

About the AJGA

The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls ages 12-18) of approximately 6,000 junior golfers from 49 states and more than 50 countries. To ensure scholarship opportunities for all junior golfers who have the skill, the AJGA created the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant program to provide financial assistance to young players in need.

Titleist, the AJGA's National Sponsor, has been the catalyst and driving force behind the Association's success since 1989. Rolex, which is in its fourth decade of AJGA support, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2007, after 12 years of support, Ralph Lauren became the AJGA's second Premier Partner.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 500 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Stacy Lewis, Vicky Hurst, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and Morgan Pressel.

Tournament field

- Bold indicates Florida native
Lakareber Abe Angleton, Texas
Emma Albrecht Ormond Beach, Fla.
Celia Barquin Madrid, Spain
Ana Sofia Benavides Lerma, Mexico
Shannon Brooks Vienna, Va.
Sierra Brooks Sorrento, Fla.
Mathilda Cappeliez Publier, France
Abbey Carlson Lake Mary, Fla.
Virginia Elena Carta Udine, Italy
Jennifer Chang Cary, N.C.
Lydia Choi Beverly Hills, Calif.
Gabriela Coello (Venezuela) Winter Garden, Fla.
Allisen Corpuz Honolulu, Hawaii
Rachel Dai Milton, Ga.
Alexandra Farnsworth Nashville, Tenn.
Maria Fassi Pachuca Hidalgo, Mexico
Mariel Galdiano Pearl City, Hawaii
Allyson Geer Brighton, Mich.
Eva Gilly Vaucresson, France
Malene Kroelboell Hansen Taastrup, Denmark
Muni He (China) Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Alice Hewson Berkhamsted, United Kingdom
Emilee Hoffman Folsom, Calif.
Jillian Hollis Rocky River, Ohio
Jiyoon Jang (South Korea) Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Rong Ji (China) Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Alice Jo Shanghai, China
Isabelle Johansson Sala, Sweden
Kayla Jones Milton, Ga.
Megan Khang Rockland, Mass.
Dylan Kim Winter Garden, Fla.
Cheyenne Knight Aledo, Texas
Nelly Korda Bradenton, Fla.
Jordy LaBarbera Allen, Texas
Csilla Lajtai Rozsa Budaors, Hungary
Stephanie Lau Fullerton, Calif.
Amy Lee Brea, Calif.
Andrea Lee Hermosa Beach, Calif.
Ailin Li (China) Windermere, Fla.
Mika Liu Bradenton, Fla.
Ruixin Liu (China) Orlando, Fla.
Maddie McCrary Wylie, Texas
Karen Miyamoto Noda, Japan
Haley Moore Escondido, Calif.
Nicole Morales South Salem, N.Y.
Anna Newell Tampa, Fla.
Vinh-Hop Ngo Newton, Mass.
Michaela Owen Suwanee, Ga.
Kaitlyn Papp Austin, Texas
Jennifer Peng San Diego, Calif.
Lisa Pettersson Taby, Sweden
Krystal Quihuis Tucson, Ariz.
Robynn Ree Redondo Beach, Calif.
Natalia Rivera Guaynabo, P.R.
Jackie Rogowicz Yardley, Pa.
Kathleen Scavo Benicia, Calif.
Sophia Schubert Oak Ridge, Tenn.
Yuting Shi (China) Kobe, Japan
Lauren Stephenson Lexington, S.C.
Bailey Tardy Norcross, Ga.
Bianca Theron Brackenfell, South Africa
Maria Vesga Piedecuesta, Colombia
Lilia Vu Fountain Valley, Calif.
Samantha Wagner Windermere, Fla.
Elizabeth Wang San Marino, Calif.
Ziyi Wang Beijing, China
Kelly Whaley Farmington, Conn.
Bethany Wu Diamond Bar, Calif.
Angel Yin Arcadia, Calif.
Anna Zhou Palo Alto, Calif.