Reunion Resort - Watson Course
Reunion, Fla. • January 17 - 20, 2014
American Junior Golf Association • Contact: Chris Richards • (678) 644-4258 • firstname.lastname@example.org
TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET
- The ANNIKA Invitational is a 54-hole, girls-only, stroke play Invitational.
- Reunion Resort has hosted the event since its inception in 2009.
- Thirty-three participants were named Rolex Junior All-Americans in 2013.
- Seventeen states, 15 foreign countries and Puerto Rico are represented in the tournament field.
- Sixteen of the top-20 girls in the Polo Golf Rankings will make the trip to Reunion, Fla., for the ANNIKA Invitational.
|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.|
|Back for more|
|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
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||Ruixin Liu||Dalian, China||74–70–69—213|
|T5||Linnea Strom||Hovas, Sweden||71–71–71—213|
|T5||Simin Feng||(China) Windermere, Fla.||72–70–71—213|
|T8||Samantha Wagner||Windermere, Fla.||73–69–72—214|
|T8||Amy Lee||Brea, Calif.||72–69–73—214|
|T8||Mai Dechathipat||(Thailand) Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla.||73–75–66—214|
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 more than 6,300 members from 48 states and more than 50 foreign countries. Through initiatives like the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant, a financial assistance program, and Leadership Links, a service-oriented platform that teaches juniors charitable-giving skills, the AJGA fosters the growth of golf’s next generation.
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 600 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Jordan Spieth, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Stacy Lewis, Vicky Hurst, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and Morgan Pressel.