Annika Invitational extended through 2014
The Annika Invitational has turned out to be a hole-in-one for Annika Sorenstam, the Annika Foundation and the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA). The AJGA announced Tuesday that the tournament will be extended through 2014.
The event, which was voted “Newcomer of the Year” in 2009 and is hosted by the Annika Foundation, is invitation-only and features top junior players from around the world. Victoria Tanco, No. 2 in Golfweek’s Junior Rankings, won in 2010, beating Duke commit Laetitia Beck by three shots.
Sorenstam hasn’t just lended her name to the tournament, she has played a pivotal role in the event since its inception in 2009. In 2010, Sorenstam hosted a clinic for participants, and other events have included a private Valentine’s Day dinner, tips for speaking with the media and sessions on fitness, nutrition and skin care.
“Spending time with these young women during the past two events has been so rewarding,” Sorenstam said. “Being able to share my passion about golf, fitness and nutrition with these promising juniors is the mission of the Annika Foundation coming to life.”
Proceeds from the tournament are used to endow an Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant in the foundation’s name. The ACE program ensures that opportunities to play are available to junior golfers who lack the financial resources to compete in national junior golf events.
– Information from the AJGA used in this report