Yesterday, we closed the book on our seventh-annual ANNIKA Invitational at Reunion Resort. We welcomed 72 players, including 19 from 14 different countries. What an amazing example of golf’s global reach!
I am very proud to have created the tournament with the ANNIKA Foundation and the AJGA. It is inspiring to see these young talents so early in their bright careers, and then follow their progress as they grow older. Our event’s mission is to be “More Than Golf,” and we accomplish this through a variety of activities. At the Callaway Golf Junior-Am, competitors get to interact and play with sponsors, just like they may in a future LPGA pro-am. My favorite is the ANNIKA Clinic Hosted by Rolex, where I share my experiences and some pointers to help fine tune the girls’ routines and preparation for tournaments. Finally, our “Winning Approach” evening was a great success and included my “Your 59” mental training session, tips to promote golf-specific fitness and a body-friendly swing by Charlotta, and media training by Stephen Reynolds of Buffalo Brand Invigoration Group. Since 2009, our tournament has received numerous accolades, including the “Social Media Award” just last year.
This year’s ANNIKA Invitational winner – Angel Yin form Arcadia, California – played flawless golf (going 36 holes with no bogies and making only one for the entire tournament). She set an event record with her 12-under-par performance, besting ANNIKA Academy Elite Athlete, Rachel Liu, by eight shots. Congratulations Angel!
In addition to receiving a beautiful trophy, Angel had the opportunity to appear on Golf Channel’s popular show, “Morning Drive,” earlier today. She was nervous, but Damon Hack made her feel at home. What a super experience for her, and her media training helped her handle it with grace and style! Angel left the studio with many new and fun memories from the week. It’s been a busy few days, and I am sure on the long flight back home she will relive the shots that led to her first AJGA win. I know I will remember the past few inspiring days with great fondness.
Thanks to my team; sponsors Rolex, 3M and Callaway; all our Junior-Am participants; volunteers and the AJGA for a fantastic week! Read more →