Sandra Palmer, Nancy Scranton To Be Inducted into Legends Hall of Fame at French Lick Resort

Sandra Palmer, Nancy Scranton To Be Inducted into Legends Hall of Fame at French Lick Resort

Induction will be held in conjunction with the Senior LPGA Championship presented by Old National Bank

FRENCH LICK, IND.  – LPGA veterans Sandra Palmer and Nancy Scranton will become the newest inductees into the Legends Hall of Fame.

Palmer, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, and Scranton, a native of Centralia, Ill., will be inducted on Saturday, July 8, into the Legends Hall of Fame — a permanent exhibit featured at French Lick Resort in French Lick, Ind.

The induction will be held in conjunction with the Senior LPGA Championship presented by Old National Bank, set for July 10-12, at French Lick Resort. This year’s event will be sanctioned by the LPGA as a senior LPGA major championship and will feature many members of The Legends Tour.

“I was speechless – really stunned, but deeply honored to learn that I will be a part of the Legends Hall of Fame,” said Palmer, who now lives in Long Beach, Calif.

“I feel very honored to be recognized in this way by The Legends Tour and by French Lick Resort,” added Scranton, who now lives in St. Augustine, Fla.

“It has been such a blessing to be a part of this great group of women and French Lick Resort has not only hosted The Legends Tour Championship for the past four years, but it also created a home to showcase the best women golfers in our history,” Scranton said.

While she is a native Texan, Palmer grew up and played junior golf in Bangor, Maine. She attended North Texas State University, where she was runner-up in the 1961 National Collegiate Championship. She was also a four-time winner of the West Texas Amateur and won the 1963 Texas State Women’s Amateur Championship.

Palmer turned professional and became an LPGA Tour member in 1964. She went on to win 19 professional events, including major championships at the 1972 Titleholders Championship and 1975 U.S. Women’s Open.

Palmer also was the LPGA’s top money winner and Player of the Year in 1975, and she finished in the top 10 on the LPGA’s season money list from 1968-1977. She played in her last LPGA Tour event in 1997.

Palmer was inducted into the Texas State Golf Hall of Fame in 1985, as well as into the National Collegiate Hall of Fame in 1988.

She is a Class A LPGA Teaching Professional and has been recognized as one of the nation’s top-50 LPGA teachers. Palmer currently is the director of women’s golf at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo, Calif.

In addition, Palmer has played in more than 30 Legends Tour tournaments and routinely still competes in the Legends Honors Division for players age 63 and over.

“It’s wonderful that the Legends Hall of Fame has a home and that a competition for senior women professionals has a worthy stage,” said Palmer. “French Lick definitely brings out the best in your game.”

As an amateur, Scranton won the 1981-1982 St. Louis Metro Championship, the Southern Illinois Championship (1979, 1982-83) and the 1983 Illinois Women’s State Championship.

Collegiately, Scranton attended both Florida State University and the University of Kentucky, where she registered three top-five finishes, including two collegiate tournament wins. Scranton was named to the 1983 All-Southeastern Conference list.

The Illinois native qualified for the LPGA Tour on her first attempt and was a rookie in 1985. She went on to win three LPGA tournaments, including one major championship – the 1991 du Maurier Classic. In addition, she was a member of the 2000 U.S. Solheim Cup Team

After giving birth to twins Libby Jane and Luke Scranton in 2004, Scranton began competing on The Legends Tour, where she has won five times and posted 16 top-10 finishes.

Scranton has also been a stalwart on The Legends Tour’s Team USA for its ISPS Handa Cup competitions, on which she has contributed 19 points and compiled an 8-6-3 match record in the team matches event.

With their induction this summer, Scranton and Palmer will become the ninth and tenth members of the Legends Hall of Fame.

“I was really caught off guard when I found out about this induction,” added Scranton. “I was out of the country visiting my sister and her family in Italy, so it was fun to get to celebrate the news with her.”

Annual inductions include one active member of The Legends Tour who is still regularly competing in official Legends Tour events and one semi-retired Legends Tour member who has made a significant impact on the game during her LPGA and Legends Tour careers.

Palmer and Scranton will join Legends Tour Hall of Fame members Sandra Haynie and Elaine Crosby (inducted in 2016), JoAnne Carner and Rosie Jones (2015), Nancy Lopez and Jane Blalock (2014), and Jan Stephenson and Kathy Whitworth (2013).

For more information about The Legends Tour, visit www.thelegendstour.com.

About The Legends Tour
The Legends Tour is the official senior tour of the LPGA. The tour began in 2000 by LPGA professionals to showcase the talents of some of the greatest women’s golfers of all time. The Legends Tour has more than 120 members, including 14 LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame members. Legends Tour players have over 750 combined LPGA Tour victories, including 84 major championships. In its 15 seasons, The Legends Tour has awarded more than $13 million in prize money and helped raise over $17 million for charity. The Legends Tour has hosted events in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Mississippi, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Japan and Australia. For additional information on The Legends Tour, log on to www.thelegendstour.com.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Participate in Senior LPGA Championship Pro-Am

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Participate in Senior LPGA Championship Pro-Am
1st Ever Senior LPGA Championship to be held at French Lick Resort July 7-12

FRENCH LICK, IN (June 28, 2017) – It was announced today that The Honorable Condoleezza Rice, the nation’s 66th United States Secretary of State, will be participating in one of two Pro-Am Tournaments scheduled during the first-ever Senior LPGA Championship, presented by Old National Bank. Joining Dr. Rice for the July 7 event on the Pete Dye Course will be Kathryn Imrie, an LPGA instructor and former tour player, who is also playing in the Senior LPGA Championship.

Rice was the National Security Advisor under former President George W. Bush and became Secretary of State in his second term. The first black woman to be a Stanford provost in 1993, she now is a professor of political economy at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business

Dr. Rice made history again when she was named one of the first of two women ever admitted to Augusta National Golf Club, the home of the Masters tournament.

The championship week, scheduled July 7-12, will feature back-to-back pro-am events pairing some of the biggest names in women’s golf with philanthropic golfers wishing to support Riley Children’s Foundation, the fundraising organization for Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health.

The exclusive pro-am events, sponsored by Faegre, Baker Daniels and Ice Miller, are slated to include 32 foursomes, plus pros. Five World Golf Hall of Fame members – Laura Davies, Patty Sheehan, Hollis Stacy, Betsy King and Pat Bradley – have committed to the Senior LPGA Championship along with an additional 12 LPGA Tour major champions. In total, the group has garnered 375 LPGA Tour wins and over 60 worldwide championships.

The benefit tournament begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and practice, followed by a shotgun start at 10:00 a.m. EST. The scramble format pairs players with a different pro for each 18 holes. An awards ceremony will be held immediately following the tournament.

Entry fees for a foursome begin at $6,000. All pro-am golfers will receive tickets to the Pairings Party and VIP gifts.
Presenting sponsor for the 2017 Senior LPGA Championship is Old National Bank. Additional sponsors include Visit French Lick West Baden, Zeus, Coca-Cola, Smithville Fiber, Ice Miller, Hylant and French Lick Casino.

Additional sponsorship and underwriting opportunities may also available. For more information, please contact Joe Vezzoso at 812-639-7653, email srlpga@frenchlick.com or visithttps://frenchlick.com/golf/events/seniorlpga/home.

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ABOUT THE LPGA
The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women. Founded in 1950 and head- quartered in Daytona Beach, Florida, the association celebrates a diverse and storied membership with more than 2,300 members representing 30 different countries. With a Vision to inspire, empower, educate and entertain by showcasing the very best of women’s golf, LPGA Tour Professionals compete across the globe, while dedicated LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP) directly impact the game through teaching, coaching and management. The Symetra Tour consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. Follow the LPGA on its television home, Golf Channel, and on the web via: www.LPGA. com, www.facebook.com/lpga.official, www.twitter.com/lpga, and www.youtube.com/lpgavideo.

ABOUT FRENCH LICK RESORT
French Lick Resort is a $560 million historic restoration and casino development project that includes the West Baden Springs Hotel, French Lick Springs Hotel and the French Lick Casino. This premier resort and casino destination in Southern Indiana features 686 guest rooms and suites; a 51,000-square-foot, single-level casino; 45 holes of golf, including the fully restored 1917-designed Donald Ross Course at French Lick and the 18-hole Pete Dye Course at French Lick; two full-service spas with a combined 36 treatment rooms totaling 42,000 square feet; meeting and event space totaling 163,000 square feet and an array of dining and entertainment options.

ABOUT THE SYMETRA TOUR
The Symetra Tour — Road to the LPGA is the official developmental tour of the LPGA and concluded its 36th competitive season in 2016. With the support of its umbrella partner, Symetra, the Tour’s mission is to prepare the world’s best young women professional golfers for a successful career on the LPGA Tour. Since Symetra’s inaugural sponsorship year in 2012, the Symetra Tour has grown from 16 tournaments and $1.7M in prize money to $3.5M in prize money awarded over the course of 23 tournaments — the most events since 1988. With more than 600 alumnae moving on to the LPGA, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 418 LPGA titles. Follow the Symetra Tour on the web at www.SymetraTour.com, Facebook.com/RoadtotheLPGA, Twitter.com/Road2LPGA, and YouTube.com/Road2LPGA.

Bogey Golf Tour: BGT Canadian Open

 

Bogey Golf Tour: BGT Canadian Open
June 11, 2017 at Belleview Golf Club, Woodslee, Ontario

Our golfers battled the heat and the wind at Belleview Golf Club in the BGT Canadian Open but still came in smiling! Congratulations to all our winners!

Long drive prizes were $50 gift cards to Golf Town compliments of Supreme Restoration Services Inc. Congratulations to Luke Fraser, Todd Poynter and Peter Harris. Closest to the Pin prizes were 3 days and 2 nights for 2 at Treetops Resort. Congratulations to Luke Fraser and Dan Taylor.

Congratulations to the Low Net Winners in each division
Par Division (0-12.9 hdcp.):
1st place Adrian Roy shot 83 net 69.6
2nd place Danny Angelidis shot 86 net 76.0
3rd place Ramsey Fadel shot 89 net 76.9

Bogey Division (13-21.9 hdcp.):
1st place Doug Brown shot 89 net 68.8
2nd place Dan Taylor shot 90 net 70.5
3rd place Chris Beer shot 88 net 71.4

Double Bogey Division (22-27.0 hdcp.):
1st place Ray Pillon shot 94 net 71.1
2nd place Domenico Paonessa shot 98 net75.3
3rd place Peter Harris shot 98 net 75.4

Congratulations to the Low Gross Winners: Adrian Roy (83), Chris Beer (88) and Ray Pillon (94)

Bogey Golf Tour, the premier amateur golf tour for the average golfer

www.bogeygolftour.com
Link to results page: www.bogeygolftour.com/tournament-results-208/bgt-canadian-open

Upcoming Event: Monday June 19th BGT U.S. Open at Washtenaw Golf Club, Ypsilanti, Michigan

www.bogeygolftour.com/tournament-252/bgt-us-open

Bogey Golf Tour: Nick Janick Allstate Classic

Bogey Golf Tour: Nick Janick Allstate Classic
May 28, 2017 at Willow Ridge Golf & Country Club, Blenheim, Ontario

A great day for golf. After calling for thunderstorms all day we managed to find a beautiful sunny day in the 70’s to golf in the Nick Janick Allstate Classic. 1st group came in at a record time of 2 hours and 50 minutes with the last group coming in 4 hours 30 minutes. An exceptional timing for tournament golf. After enjoying a nice meal on the patio and the evening coming to an end, the rain began, the thunder boomed and a huge bright rainbow shown across the sky for the drive home. Great way to end the day.

Long drive prizes were $50 to Golf Town, congratulations to Nick Janick, Joe Greco & Paul Boycott. Closest to the Pin prizes were $50 to Golf Town, congratulations to Steve Butkovich, Gerry Thibert and Andrew Folkeringa.

Congratulations to the Low Net Winners in each division
Par Division (0-14.9 hdcp.):
1st place Paulo Salvador shot 77 net 66.1
2nd place Paul Piekos shot 83 net 69.5
3rd place Ramsey Fadel shot 85 net 71.3

Bogey Division (15-19.9 hdcp.):
1st place Gus Gianakakis shot 86 net 67.5
2nd place Gerry Thibert shot 84 net 67.7
3rd place Dan Taylor shot 90 net 70.1

Double Bogey Division (20-27.0 hdcp.):
1st place Andrew Folkeringa shot 89 net 65.7
2nd place Paul Fedor shot 92 net 69.2
3rd place Michelle Grondin shot 96 net 72.0

Congratulations to the Low Gross Winners: Paul Salvador (77), Steve Butkovich (77), Gerry Thibert (84) and Andrew Folkeringa (89)

Bogey Golf Tour, the premier amateur golf tour for the average golfer

www.bogeygolftour.com

 

Bogey Golf Tour: Grondin Financial Group BGT Players Championship

 

Bogey Golf Tour: Grondin Financial Group BGT Players Championship

May 15, 2017 at Ambassador Golf Club, Windsor Ontario

We couldn’t ask for a more beautiful day for a golf tournament. Monday was exceptional.  Playing in threesomes and shot-gun starts has enabled us to play tournament golf in four and a half hours, with our first group coming in at just under four hours. A big thank you to Ambassador for hosting our tournament on short notice.  Everyone enjoyed the challenge of this course, designed by world renowned architect Thomas McBroom.

Long drive prizes were donated from Supreme Restoration Services, congratulations to James Gendreau, Adrian Roy and Peter Harris. Closest to the Pin prizes were 3 days at Treetops Resort in Gaylord, Michigan for each division, congratulations to Scott Thorpe and Jeremy Flammersfeld.

Congratulations to the Low Net Winners in each division
Par Division (0-11.9 hdcp.):
1st place Tied Mike Cheeseman shot 87 net 74.2
1st place Tied Saad Sarfraz shot 84 net 74.2
3rd place David DiLuca shot 86 net 74.8

Bogey Division (12-16.9 hdcp.):
1st place Adrian Roy shot 82 net 68.2
2nd place Andrew Cruga shot 85 net 72.0
3rd place Chris Beer shot 90 net 74.0

Double Bogey Division (17-27.0 hdcp.):
1st place Peter Harris shot 93 net 68.4
2nd place Pete Taylor shot 96 net 69.6
3rd place Andrew Folkeringa shot 94 net 69.9

Congratulations to the Low Gross Winners: Saad Sarfraz, Adrian Roy and Dan Taylor

Bogey Golf Tour, the premier amateur golf tour for the average golfer

Link to results page: www.bogeygolftour.com/tournament-results-205/grondin-financial-group-bgt-players-championship

Link to photo gallery: www.bogeygolftour.com/tournament-gallery-205/grondin-financial-group-bgt-players-championship

Scottish Senior Open Qualifier At Renaissance Club

The Renaissance Club, host venue of the 2017 Scottish Senior Open, will be hosting a qualifier on Wednesday May 31 for a place in the Alliance tournament at this year’s event.
The European Senior Tour returns to Scotland for the Scottish Senior Open from August 4-6, with the Alliance Pro-Am taking place during the first and second rounds on Friday and Saturday.

Amateur players will be paired with a professional during the tournament, offering them a unique inside-the-ropes experience.

The qualifier at the Renaissance Club is an 18-hole handicap stableford competition, with the leading qualifier earning a place on the Pro-Am.

Entry fee £100, including lunch before golf and two complimentary week passes for the championship, with a portion of the fee to be donated to Leuchie House Charity.
To enter or for further information email golfproshop@trcaa.com or call 01620 850901 quoting ‘Scottish Senior Open Qualifier’.

Bogey Golf Tour Season Opener in U.S.A.

Bogey Golf Tour Season Opener in U.S.A.
 
May 1, 2017 at Indianwood Golf & Country Club, Lake Orion, Michigan
 
Bogey Golf Tour members had the opportunity to golf on the same course as the Senior U.S. Open did in 2012.  They also got a taste of Scotland with this true links style course, cool weather and high winds.  Thankfully the rain held off until everyone was off the course.  As challenging as this course is the last group finished in 4 hours and 45 minutes.  Very good timing for tournament golf.  Threesomes and a shot-gun start definitely help attribute to the time frame.

Congratulations to the Low Net Winners in each division
Par Division (0-9.9 hdcp.):
1st place Bradley Alfiero shot 77 net 69.1
2nd place Tom Morrison shot 82 net 74.2
3rd place John Dobbins shot 86 net 74.4

Bogey Division (10-16.9 hdcp.):
1st place Stan Hayes shot 81 net 68.3
2nd place Geoff Bailey shot 85 net 70.4
3rd place Ross O’Dowd shot 84 net 72.0

Double Bogey Division (17-27.0 hdcp.):
1st place Craig Hollingsworth shot 85 net 67.8
2nd place Mark Hancox shot 99 net 73.4
3rd place Bruce Williams shot 99 net 76.0

Congratulations to the Low Gross Winners: Bradley Alfiero (77), Stan Hayes (81) and Craig Hollingsworth (85)
 
Bogey Golf Tour, the premier amateur golf tour for the average golfer. 
 
Michelle Grondin 519-979-3712 553 Estate Park, Tecumseh, Ontario • www.bogeygolftour.com
 
Link to results page: www.bogeygolftour.com/tournament-results-249/season-opener
Facebook link: www.facebook.com/bogeygolftour/

Reserva Conchal Resort to Host PGA TOUR Latinoamerica’s Essential Costa Rica Classic

Reserva Conchal

Reserva Conchal Beach Resort, Golf & Spa to Host PGA TOUR Latinoamerica’s Essential Costa Rica Classic

(PLAYA CONCHAL, Costa Rica)Reserva Conchal Beach Resort, Golf & Spa – the luxury resort on Costa Rica’s scenic northwestern Pacific coast – will host the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica Essential Costa Rica Classic May 1-7 on its Robert Trent Jones II golf course.

The inaugural tournament – sponsored by the Costa Rica Tourism Institute – is the first-ever PGA TOUR event in Costa Rica. The Essential Costa Rica Classic boasts 144 professional golfers from more than 25 countries. Customary for PGA TOUR Latinoamerica events, the host country can invite up to 30 of its own golfers.

“We are honored the PGA TOUR Latinoamerica and the Costa Rica Tourism Institute chose our golf course as the site of this historic tournament,” says Carlos Rojas Soto, Director of Golf of Reserva Conchal. “The tournament will not only showcase our beautiful, championship layout, but also highlight Reserva Conchal as a premier destination for discerning golf travelers.”

The sporty, par-71 will be set up to play at 7,021 yards, its longest configuration from the back tees. Jones II’s brilliant routing meanders between the azure Pacific Ocean waters and lush greens of the neighboring “dry” tropical forest, exposing players to myriad elements. The returning nines feature breathtaking ocean vistas with unforgettable holes winding through lakes, rugged ravines and rolling hills.

Consistently ranked among the top-30 best in the Caribbean and Mexico, Reserva Conchal was the first course in Costa Rica bestowed certification by Audubon International. It boasts a world-class practice facility and learning center with four green complexes, bunkers, chipping and approach areas and an expansive practice tee. Single- and multi-day golf clinics are offered, including the PGA TOUR Academy featuring certified instructors from famed TPC Sawgrass.

Golfers have access to a wide spectrum of premium vacation residences at Reserva Conchal, with a variety of floorplans, bedrooms, amenities and settings. The luxurious, all-inclusive Westin Golf Resort & Spa Playa Conchal is nestled along a pristine stretch of white sand beach. The ultimate in elegance, the Westin features numerous restaurants, pools, fitness center and personal concierge services at the Royal Beach Club.

For more information:
www.reservaconchal.com, 855.851.5000.

About Reserva Conchal Beach Resort Golf & Spa

Perched on the edge of Costa Rica’s northern Pacific Coast on the brilliant white sands of Playa Conchal, Reserva Conchal Beach Resort Golf & Spa is the jewel of the Guanacaste region. Spanning 2,300 acres, it is home to the all-inclusive Westin Golf Resort & Spa Play Conchal, luxurious vacation residences and Costa Rica’s most renown golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II. Property owners enjoy access to the 60,000 square-foot Reserva Conchal Beach Club featuring an extensive swimming pavilion, modern workout facilities, fine dining and world-class spa.

Global sporting icons touch down at ANA Inspiring Women in Sports Conference to lift LPGA’S First Major to new heights

Global sporting icons touch down at ANA Inspiring Women in Sports Conference to lift LPGA’S First Major to new heights

Celebrated athletes Billie Jean King, Maria Sharapova, Aly Raisman and Lexi Thompson share their inspiring stories to sell-out audience

RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIFORNIA, March 29, 2017 – Some of the world’s most celebrated and inspirational sports stars landed into the second annual ANA Inspiring Women in Sports conference ahead of the LPGA’s first major of the year, the ANA Inspiration.

Amongst the sporting icons tennis legend and social justice pioneer Billie Jean King, former world No. 1 tennis star Maria Sharapova, three-time Olympic gold medal winning gymnast Aly Raisman and ANA Inspiration champion Lexi Thompson briefly traded golf swings for tennis strokes on the 18th hole before sharing their inspiring stories to a sell-out audience at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

The historic golf tournament which was founded by Dinah Shore is credited with providing much early momentum and support to empower women in sport. The tradition of a new conference was added to the tournament week line-up last year and offers a perfect platform to continue breaking down barriers and inspiring future generations with an impact that goes far beyond the game of golf.

Hosted by two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion, Julie Foudy, the event saw Paralympic swimmer Victoria Arlen receive the 2017 ANA Inspiration Award.

World No. 1 LPGA Star Lydia Ko Surprises Top Junior Golfers in LA with Golf Challenge to Launch ANA Inspiration

World No. 1 LPGA Star Lydia Ko Surprises Top Junior Golfers in LA with Golf Challenge to Launch ANA Inspiration

All Nippon Airways – Japan’s Leading Airline – Brings Together Reigning ANA Inspiration Champion Lydia Ko and ANA Junior Inspiration Golfers for Surprise of a Lifetime

Rancho Mirage, CALIFORNIA, March 15, 2017 –The LPGA’s No. 1 golfer and reigning ANA Inspiration champion, Lydia Ko, took time during her off-week to surprise three top AJGA golfers in Los Angeles to officially launch the 2017 ANA Inspiration – the opening LPGA major championship of the season, held at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., March 27 – April 2, 2017.

 

On International Women’s Day, Ko visited Palos Verdes Golf Club in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif. to surprise the three standout players – Elizabeth Wang from San Marino, Calif. (San Marino High School), Alyaa Abdulghany from Newport Beach, Calif. (Corona Del Mar High School) and Karah Sanford from Escondido, Calif. (Classical Academy High School) – who will compete in the ANA Junior Inspiration later this month for a chance to earn the final starting spot in the ANA Inspiration.

“The ANA Inspiration is one of my favorite tournaments and to have the chance to join ANA to play a part in the inspired journeys of three of the ANA Junior Inspiration qualifiers was an honor for me,” said Lydia Ko. “Jumping into Poppie’s Pond and putting on the ANA Inspiration Champion’s Robe is one of the most memorable moments of my career and I hope my success is an inspiration for the future of the game and I look forward to competing with these talented junior golfers for years to come.”

The juniors have earned entry into the newly upgraded and expanded ANA Junior Inspiration tournament, an official American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Invitational. The 54-hole tournament will run from March 23-26, 2017 and will be hosted at the same country club venue as the iconic LPGA major tournament. The 40 junior qualifiers will be paired with LPGA Legends during the final round on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course. The 20 person Legend field will be comprised of past ANA Inspiration Champions and Major winners.

Wang, Abdulghany and Sanford were ecstatic to meet the reigning ANA Inspiration champion and the world’s no. 1 player as she joined the trio for a Big Break-style challenge on the driving range and have the chance to chat with her about her game and what inspires her on and off the golf course.

More information on the ANA Junior Inspiration participants.
· Alyaa Abdulghany – Newport Beach, Calif. (Corona Del Mar High School): At No. 3 in the AJGA Rankings, Abdulghany is a three-time Rolex Junior All-American. During her AJGA career, the 17-year-old has earned 12 top-five finishes including one win at the 2016 AJGA Junior at Carlton Oaks. Abdulghany has signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Southern California and finished T11 at the 2016 ANA Junior Inspiration.
· Karah Sanford from Escondido, Calif. (Classical Academy High School): Sanford is a two-time Rolex Junior All-American and earned her first AJGA win in 2016 at the AJGA Junior All-Star at Morongo. The 15-year-old finished in the top 10 at seven of eight AJGA events she competed in during the 2016 season.
· Elizabeth Wang – San Marino, Calif. (San Marino High School): Wang is a four-time Rolex Junior All-American and AJGA Invitational Champion. The 16-year-old has competed with the AJGA since 2012, earning nine top-5 finishes including four wins. Wang also excels in the classroom and community as she was named a 2016 Transamerica Scholastic Junior All-American.

Reaction from the ANA Junior Inspiration qualifiers on the big surprise:
· Alyaa Abdulghany: “Meeting Lydia today was very relatable because she’s just two years older than me and I’m 17. It’s just something to aspire to and it’s really nice. I’m beyond excited to participate in the ANA Junior Inspiration. I have participated in this event for three years now, previously with the SCGA, and the memories and bonds you make with friends and LPGA Legends are unforgettable. Just to have the chance to qualify for a major LPGA Tour event is enthralling.”

· Elizabeth Wang: “It was amazing. Lydia Ko has been my role model for a long time. She’s so great at such a young age and to be able to get advice from her it really was an honor. It would mean so much to me if I win the ANA Junior Inspiration and earn a spot in the ANA Inspiration. This even is such a great opportunity for us, and it is such an honor to have a chance to win and be able to play in an LPGA major steeped in so much history.”

· Karah Sanford: “It was awesome. I’m a Lydia Ko fan-girl, so it was pretty cool for her to come out and to support us. I can’t wait to head to Rancho Mirage to compete in the ANA Junior Inspiration for a chance to play in the first LPGA major of the season. It would be an amazing opportunity.”

“As the title sponsor of the ANA Inspiration and the Official Airline of the LPGA our vision and ambition for expanding the ANA Junior Inspiration came from a desire to give back to the junior golf community. For ANA, it is vital that our sponsorship inspires not only the players of today but the future stars of tomorrow,” said Mr. Hideki Kunugi, Senior Vice President of the Americas, ANA. “It was an honor for ANA to bring together the reigning ANA Inspiration champion, Lydia Ko, with three of the ANA Junior Inspiration participants who will have the chance to win a spot to compete against Lydia in golf’s first major of the year.”

The ANA Inspiration has a long history of being one of the most star-studded LPGA events of the year with legendary track-and-field athlete Caitlyn Jenner and women’s soccer superstar being part of the championship team of the ANA Inspiration Pro-Am and Olympic champions like Lindsey Vonn, Missy Franklin and Kristi Yamaguchi participating in the 2016 ANA Inspiring Women in Sports Conference – a tradition that will carry over to 2017 with a new set of sports stars.

For more information about the ANA Junior Inspiration including the full field of 40, visit the AJGA tournament website.

About the ANA Inspiration
The ANA Inspiration is golf’s first major and one of the LPGA Tour’s most prestigious events. Previously known as the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the tournament was founded in 1972 by David Foster and Dinah Shore and earned the designation as a major championship in 1983. Contested at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., since its inception, the ANA Inspiration holds the distinction of being the second oldest golf tournament continuously held at the same course. For many, the event is most distinguished by one of golf’s most beloved traditions: the champion’s leap into Poppie’s Pond, located adjacent to the 18th green. In 1988, the first champion’s leap into Poppie’s Pond was taken by Amy Alcott, and since has become one of the most anticipated and memorable traditions in golf. For more information on the ANA Inspiration, please visit ANAinspiration.com or call 760-834-8872. On social media, visit facebook.com/ANAinspiration, twitter.com/ANAinspiration or instagram.com/ANAinspiration.

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 12-19) of more than 6,600 members from 50 states and 55 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.

TaylorMade-adidas Golf became the AJGA’s National Sponsor in 2016 after more than 25 years of support. Rolex, which is in its fourth decade of AJGA sponsorship, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2017, adidas joined the AJGA as a Premier Partner, serving as the Official Apparel and Footwear of the AJGA.

AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 830 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Sergio Garcia, Hunter Mahan, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Justin Thomas, Stacy Lewis, Ariya Jutanugarn, Alison Lee, Lexi Thompson, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel.

About the ANA Junior Inspiration
The ANA Junior Inspiration features forty of the most talented junior golfers from around the world who will compete for the final starting spot in the LPGA’s first LPGA major of the season – ANA Inspiration. In previous years, the ANA Junior Inspiration had extended invites only to female junior golfers from Southern California via a partnership with the Southern California Golf Association (SCGA). In 2016, the tournament was extended by adding invites to 10 female junior golfers from ANA’s North American gateway cities – that number elevated in 2017 to 11 with the addition of Mexico City, ANA’s newest gateway. For the first time in its history in 2017, the ANA Junior Inspiration will become an official American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Invitational based on AJGA Rankings points, set to take place March 23-26, 2017, at Mission Hills Country Club. For more information, visit the AJGA tournament website.