(ORLANDO, Fla.) – The ANNIKA Foundation – golf Hall-of-Famer Annika Sorenstam’s charitable organization – announces the winner of this week’s ANNIKA Invitational USA will receive an invite to the Symetra Tour’s Natural Charity Classic, March 10-12, at the Country Club of Winter Haven (Fla.).
She will also appear on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive,” with Annika, on Tuesday, February 21, and on an upcoming “Inside the PGA Tour” episode that will feature the ANNIKA Foundation.
The ninth-annual ANNIKA Invitational USA, produced in association with the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), will be played on Reunion Resort’s (Kissimmee, Fla.) Watson Course, Feb. 17-20.
“I am thrilled for the ANNIKA Invitational champion to receive an exemption into Florida’s Natural Charity Classic,” says Annika. “Providing girls with the opportunity to succeed at all levels is at the core of our mission and we look forward to this partnership.”
The 72 player, all-girls ANNIKA Invitational USA field (ages 12-19) is annually recognized as one of the strongest in junior golf. The 54 hole, stroke-play event will feature 26 Rolex Junior All-Americans and competitors hailing from 15 states and 12 foreign countries.
Since 2009, more than 200 ANNIKA Invitational participants have gone on to play NCAA Division I golf, with several, like 2015 Solheim Cup player Alison Lee, reaching the LPGA Tour.
Annika is intimately involved in tournament week, which lives up to its “More than Golf” tagline with a gala dinner, seminars about the college admission process, nutrition and fitness, and more.
Her ANNIKA Foundation hosts four junior tournaments in addition to the ANNIKA Invitational USA – the ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills (China), ANNIKA Invitational Europe (Sweden), ANNIKA Cup (Sweden) and ANNIKA Invitational Latin America (Argentina).
They’re joined on the schedule by the ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M, which moves to Minnesota for this year’s edition. Since its 2014 inception, the ANNIKA Intercollegiate has annually hosted the strongest field in women’s NCAA Division I golf. Each year the ANNIKA Foundation also presents the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M to the most outstanding Division I golfer.