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.

ANDREA LEE FROM HERMOSA BEACH SECURES FINAL SPOT IN LPGA’s FIRST MAJOR OF 2016 – ANA INSPIRATION

Andrea Lee - ANA Junior Inspiration

ANDREA LEE FROM HERMOSA BEACH SECURES FINAL SPOT IN LPGA’s FIRST MAJOR OF 2016 – ANA INSPIRATION

 Lee shoots 67 in today’s ANA Junior Inspiration Earning Final Spot in ANA Inspiration Field

RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIFORNIA, MARCH 28, 2016Andrea Lee, a 17 year-old from Mira Costa High School in Hermosa Beach, Calif., today secured a coveted invitation to play in golf’s first major of the 2016 season.

 Lee claimed the final place in a field of 115 at this week’s ANA Inspiration after carding an impressive 5-under par, 67, to win the expanded ANA Junior Inspiration by a sizeable 3 shots. Lee will now tee off alongside the best women’s golfers in the world when the tournament begins this Thursday, March 31 in Rancho Mirage.

Describing her sweet victory, winner Andrea Lee said: “As a golfer this has to be one of the best days of my life. I’m just really excited and looking forward to playing in the ANA Inspiration. I have to thank my playing mentor today and legend Pat Bradley. She was kept me calm and taught me to be patient out there, but also kept my confidence high. As I look forward to the ANA Inspiration I’m going to remember every word she said. It worked for me today so hopefully it can throughout the rest of this week. I’ll try to build on the experience I gained last year and give it my best shot.”

After failing to make the cut last year at the ANA Inspiration as an invited amateur, the young star showed outstanding resilience today on her return to Mission Hills Country Club. This time competing on the Palmer Course and against an expanded field of elite juniors, Lee successfully booked her place in the starting field and earned the right to enjoy another golfing experience of a lifetime.

For the first time in the history of the newly-named ANA Junior Inspiration, the field included eight special invitees from across North America. Each of these junior players represented one of All Nippon Airway’s (ANA) gateway cities in North America – Chicago, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, San Jose, Vancouver, Washington D.C. Historically, the ANA Junior Inspiration consisted of the best young golfers from California, but with the support of ANA, the opportunity to vie for a spot in the LPGA’s most iconic major championship was extended to additional deserving junior golf hopefuls.

“We are thrilled to welcome Andrea to the 2016 ANA Inspiration field,” said Hideki Kunugi, Senior Vice President of the Americas, ANA. “Her performance today amongst a stellar field was inspiring and we wish her the best of luck this week as she continues on her journey of competing at the highest level in golf. It was great to see new faces in the expanded ANA Junior Inspiration field today and we look forward to including more top junior talent from across North America in the future.”

Each group of junior players competing in the ANA Junior Inspiration today was paired with a former ANA Inspiration champion for coaching and mentoring throughout the event. LPGA Hall of Fame legend Pat Bradley had the chance to work closely Lee on the practice range and during Monday’s round providing valuable guidance and inspiration to the next generation of golf stars.

Former champion Bradley, who won the tournament in 1986, turned the clock back 30 years at the scene of her memorable victory to successfully mentor and guide eventual winner Lee around the Palmer Course.

Speaking on her junior’s win, Bradley said: “Wow. I’m so thrilled for Andrea. She’s worked so hard for this and it’s great she has won the right to be in the ANA Inspiration. I’m sure the win feels even sweeter with some of the best juniors invited to play by ANA. It’s a wonderful chance for careers to really take off and reach new heights!”

“I know the past champions are meant to offer advice and ‘inspire’ the junior, but honestly, I’m inspired by this experience, humbled and honored. The standard is so high now and all the juniors hit it so beautifully. I’ll be watching Andrea’s progress through the opening rounds and hopefully she can make it to the weekend and enjoy every moment. ”

Lee’s journey to the ANA Inspiration is just beginning as she has also been invited by ANA to attend the Champions Dinner taking place this evening and the pro-am on Wednesday, March 30. On Thursday, she will tee it up with the best players on the LPGA tour to compete for the title of 2016 ANA Inspiration champion.

ANA, Japan’s leading airline, announced its partnership with the LPGA in 2014 to become both the title sponsor of the first major of the season and the Official Airline of the LPGA. “Inspired Journeys” serves as the spirit of the tournament and ANA looks forward to again reaching a global audience with the ANA Inspiration while maintaining the long-standing traditions of the championship.

For more information about the ANA Inspiration, visit www.anainspiration.com.

Stay in touch on social media, go to facebook.com/ANAinspiration, twitter.com/ANAinspiration or instagram.com/ANAinspiration.

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 www.ANAInspiration.com or call 760-834-8872. On social media, visithttps://www.facebook.com/ANAinspiration, www.twitter.com/ANAinspiration or https://instagram.com/anainspiration.

Female Athletes Take Center Stage at Inaugural ANA Inspiring Women in Sports Conference

2016 ANA Inspiration launches with LPGA Stars & Paralympian Jessica  Long 2

Female Athletes Take Center Stage at

Inaugural ANA Inspiring Women in Sports Conference

 

Missy Franklin, Annika Sorenstam, Lindsey Vonn and more
will share stories of inspiration and success

 

Soccer legends and LPGA stars to compete in “rematch” of

United States vs. Japan in FootGolf competition

 

RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIFORNIA, March 9, 2016 – The world’s best golfers will not be the only champion female athletes at this year’s ANA Inspiration, as tournament officials last night announced the first-ever ANA Inspiring Women in Sports Conference, slated for Tuesday, March 29 at Mission Hills Country Club.

Female sporting icons Missy Franklin, Annika Sorenstam, Lindsey Vonn, Abby Wambach and Kristi Yamaguchi will headline the inaugural conference, which will include a series of panels and discussions about the state of women’s sports, female athletes as role models, using sports as a platform to inspire women of all ages, and what it takes to be a champion. Swimmer Jessica Long will also share her inspiring story of overcoming a double leg amputation at 18 months old to become the one of the most decorated Paralympians in history.

The announcement of groundbreaking new ANA Inspiring Women in Sports Conference was made at a special launch event held in Beverley Hills attended by defending ANA Inspiration champion Brittany Lincicome alongside LPGA stars Cristie Kerr and Alison Lee, two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion Julie Foudy and world-class swimmer and 12-time Paralympic gold medalist Jessica Long.

Speaking at the launch Gabe Codding, ANA Inspiration tournament director, said: “The ANA Inspiring Women in Sports Conference is an incredible platform to showcase the stories of the world’s best female athletes and learn from their successes in the Olympics and in life”. “We are so grateful to our partner ANA for sharing in the vision to help tell these inspirational stories amidst the backdrop of the LPGA’s most iconic venue. It will be an absolute thrill to welcome these sports legends to Mission Hills Country Club and watch them interact with the LPGA’s best.”

Arianna Huffington, the co-founder, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, and author of 15 books, will deliver the keynote address on the habits of successful women. Foudy will serve as host and moderator.

Wambach, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, will accept the inaugural ANA Inspiration Award, which is given to a female athlete, entrepreneur or philanthropist who, through her effort and determination on or off the playing field, has inspired other women to break barriers and achieve success.

“We are proud to bring together some of the top names in women’s sports for the inaugural ANA Inspiring Women in Sports Conference,” said Hideki Kunugi, Senior Vice President of the Americas, All Nippon Airways. “One of our goals when announcing our partnership as the Official Airline of the LPGA and title sponsor of the historic ANA Inspiration was to find ways to help inspire future generations of female athletes through elements like this new conference and the expansion of the ANA Junior Inspiration. It is these opportunities that can help inspire future female sports stars in Southern California, across the United States and around the world.”

Produced by IMG, the conference will take place in the all-new ANA Hospitality Pavilion adjacent to the 18th green of the Dinah Shore Tournament Course and Poppie’s Pond. In 1988, three-time ANA Inspiration winner Amy Alcott made the first-ever champion’s leap in Poppie’s Pond, thus inspiring the LPGA’s most recognizable tradition that carries on to today.

LPGA player panelists and additional contributors for the conference will be announced in the coming weeks.

At the conclusion of the ANA Inspiring Women in Sports Conference, the first-ever ANA FootGolf Challenge will take place on the adjacent Palmer Course at Mission Hills Country Club. American soccer legends Wambach and Foudy will team up with two American LPGA players in a six-hole competition against Japanese National Team legends Ayumi Kaihori and Yayao Kobayashi and two of their Japanese compatriots from the LPGA.

FootGolf, the hybrid sport where soccer meets golf, is played with a regulation soccer ball on shortened golf holes with 21-inch diameter cups cut into the greens. The rules largely correspond with the Rules of Golf. The American FootGolf League (AFGL), which is based in Palm Springs, will oversee the setup of the ANA FootGolf Challenge course and competition.

The conference will take place in advance of the season’s first major where defending champion Brittany Lincicome will seek to become the fourth player in LPGA history to win the ANA Inspiration three times. She will be joined by Rolex No. 1 Lydia Ko, No. 2 Inbee Park, No. 3 and 2014 champion Lexi Thompson, No. 4 and 2011 champion Stacy Lewis and No. 5 Ha Na Jang, a two-time winner on Tour in 2016. The full field for the 2016 ANA Inspiration will be announced on Tuesday, March 22.

Speaking on the new initiatives for 2016 ANA Inspiration defending champion Brittany Lincicome said: “The ANA Inspiration is very special to me. Last year everything felt like it had been upgraded as ANA added lots of touches and went above and beyond for the players. But with the new additions to the tournament line-up this year looks even better. I’m really looking forward to the ANA Inspiring Women in Sports Conference. When you meet another athlete at the top of their game it gives you cold chills. I’m not sure I’ll know what to say but I can’t wait to meet such inspiring women especially when I’m returning as the defending champion. I know it’s going to be real highlight.

“The ANA Junior Inspiration is incredible. For ANA to invite leading young players from across the country to Mission Hills and be given the chance to tee it up in the first major of the year is amazing. I can’t even imagine the nerves they’ll be feeling but it really is an opportunity of a lifetime! I’ve no doubt it will inspire more young girls into the game.”

 

About the ANA Inspiring Women in Sports Conference Participants

 

Missy Franklin won five Olympic medals – including four gold medals – at the 2012 London Olympic Games where she also set the world record in the 200-meter backstroke at the age of 17. She opted to forego immediately turning professional, instead joining the women’s swim team at the University of California, Berkeley. She will head to the 2016 Rio Olympics as a professional.

Arianna Huffington is the co-founder, president, and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, and author of fifteen books. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read, linked to, and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In 2012, the site won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. She has been named to Time Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

Jessica Long is a world-class swimmer and 12-time Paralympic gold medalist. Born with fibular memimelia, she was adopted from a Russian orphanage at 13 months old and had the lower portion of her legs amputated at 18 months old. She was active in numerous sports growing up, but began swimming competitively at age 10 and made her first international appearance at the 2004 Paralympic  Games in Athens,  Greece. In 2007, at the age of 15, she became the first Paralympian to win the AAU Sullivan Award, given to the nation’s top amateur athlete.

Annika Sorenstam is the greatest female golfer of her generation, and often regarded as the best in history. During her 15-year Hall of Fame career, she re-wrote the LPGA and LET record books, winning countless awards and changed the way golf was played, viewed and covered. She retired from the game in 2008 with 90 worldwide victories including 72 LPGA wins and 10 major championships. A member of the LPGA and World Golf Halls  of Fame, she was an eight-time Rolex LPGA Player of the Year, six-time Vare Trophy winner for lowest scoring average. She has gone on to pursue a successful business career including golf instruction, golf course design, television work and support of the ANNIKA Foundation.

Lindsey Vonn is the most successful female ski racer in the world and one of the most marketable athletes globally. She is the only American to capture downhill gold at the Olympics and the only American woman with four World Cup titles. In addition to her 2010 Olympic golf and super G bronze, she holds five World Championship medals, including double gold in 2009.

Abby Wambach is regarded as one of the greatest soccer players of all time. Known in particular for her goal-scoring ability, she is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and a member of the victorious U.S. Women’s Soccer Team at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015. The 2012 FIFA World Player of the Year retired from competitive soccer last year as the all-time leader in international goals with 184.

Kristi Yamaguchi is the winner of the 1992 Winter Olympic gold medal in figure skating. After her Olympic win, Yamaguchi toured with Stars on Ice from 1992 until 2002. She was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1998 and the World Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 1999. She was a Goodwill Ambassador at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, and in 2005 she was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. In 1996, Yamaguchi founded the Always Dream Foundation, a nonprofit organization that serves underprivileged, disabled and at-risk youth.

 

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 www.ANAInspiration.com or call 760-834-8857. On social media, go to https://www.facebook.com/ANAinspiration, www.twitter.com/ANAinspiration or @ANAinspiration on Instagram.