Yani Tseng is the latest in a contingent of LPGA and PGA Tour players to sign their name to an AJGA event. Tseng, along with the Taiwan-based Swinging Skirts Golf Foundation, will host the Yani Tseng Invitational from 2014-16 in southern California.
The event will be one of 13 invitationals on the AJGA schedule. These tournaments are the most prestigious on the AJGA schedule. The Tseng Invitational, to be played June 30-July 3, 2014, will feature 72 of the top female juniors, including 18 of the top international players.
“I first came to the United States when I was 12 to play in the Junior World Championship in San Diego and subsequently in many other USGA and amateur championships, so I really benefited from playing American junior golf,” said Tseng, who won LPGA Tour Player of the Year honors in 2010 and ’11. “The AJGA is the best organization to bring players together and for me to host such a prestigious AJGA invitational in Southern California, where I played much of my junior golf, makes it extra special. I’m excited to partner with the Swinging Skirts to open a door for international junior golfers to compete at the highest level.”
Annual proceeds from the tournament will be used to endow a Yani Tseng Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant, as well as other local charities. The goal of the AJGA’s ACE Grant program is to give top-flight golf opportunities to young golfers regardless of financial resources.
“We are excited to partner with Yani Tseng and the Swinging Skirts for this tournament,” said AJGA Executive Director Stephen Hamblin. “Yani is a great role model for young golfers and more tournament opportunities for girls at the highest level are invaluable.”
Tseng joins former World No. 1 Annika Sorenstam in hosting an AJGA invitational just for girls. A handful of other tour professional hosted AJGA events in 2013, including Hunter Mahan, Vicky Hurst, Stacy Lewis, Davis Love III and David Toms.
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