Another Title for Tanco

What looked like it may be a back-nine battle quickly turned into a one-girl show. Two-time Rolex Junior Player of the Year, Victoria Tanco notched a fourth Invitational title to her name with a win at Reunion Resort. Tanco began the round sharing the lead with Laetitia Beck, and the girls kept it close making the turn tied at even-par for the day. Beck made bogey on Nos. 10, 11 and 12, leaving room for Tanco to take control and maintain a three-stroke lead for the remainder of the round.  Tanco finished the tournament at 5-under-par 211.

Annika continued her involvement as a hands-on tournament host and personally thanked each player as they walked off No. 18 green, hugging Tanco as she walked to the scoring tent. During the awards ceremony, Tanco recognized Annika as her role model and expressed how much winning the Invitational meant to her.

Both Tanco and Beck were able to put some of last night’s media training to use, conducting interviews with several national and local media outlets. It was another successful week of golf and activities at the ANNIKA Invitational and the girls seem excited to see what’s in store for next year.

 
To read more about the final round, click for recaps, blogs and videos.

 

Annika presents Victoria Tanco with the ANNIKA Invitational trophy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victoria Shoots Darts on Valentine's Day

There was one birdie, two birdies, three birdies four… and five, six and seven for Victoria Tanco today as the Rolex Junior Player of the Year stormed up the leaderboard to claim a share of the second-round lead with day-one leader Laetitia Beck.

Tanco carded five birdies on the front nine before a stretch of seven straight pars on Nos. 10-16. Birdies on Nos. 17-18 left her tied for the lead.

Beck recorded three birdies and two bogeys over the course of the day. Left with a birdie opportunity for the outright lead on No. 18, Beck two-putted, leaving herself tied with Tanco.

It hasn’t escaped the players here at the ANNIKA Invitational that today is Valentine’s Day. The girls will spend the evening with ANNIKA and her team celebrating with a Valentine’s dinner. The evening will also feature media training, fitness and nutrition guidance.

To read more about the second round, click for recaps, blogs and videos.

 

Beck and Tanco are co-leaders after the second round of the ANNIKA Invitational

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beck Tops Leaderboard

Laetitia Beck made a statement in her return to the ANNIKA Invitational.  After a fourth-place finish last year, Beck’s steady putting lead her to five birdies and the top of the leaderboard in her 4-under-par 68 round. Beck may have expected warmer weather than last year’s inaugural January event, but strong winds made for challenging cool conditions Saturday morning.
 
Doris Chen is right on Beck’s heels, trailing her by only one stroke. With warmer temperatures and calmer winds, both girls hope to play consistently in tomorrow’s round and enjoy spending time learning from a legend of the game.

The ANNIKA Clinic Sponsored by Rolex took place after the round, and the hall of famer passed on some words of wisdom to the next generation of female golfers. Annika answered questions from individual players and parents, took time to evaluate players’ swings and demonstrated different shots to the tournament participants.

At the Ritz-Carlton Destination Club Dinner that followed, three lucky parents won getaways to exciting Ritz-Carlton resorts. The trips included a Hawaiian vacation, a visit to the Bahamas and a choice between destination hotspots Aspen, Colo., or Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Read a recap from the opening round or visit the AJGA blog for more highlights.

Laetitia Beck lines up her putt on No. 18 to make par and take a one-shot lead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Live Tweeting from Reunion Resort

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FootJoy Live Scoring is getting a new twist this year. Live Tweet updates will take place on the closing holes during the final round at each AJGA Invitational in 2010. As the competition comes down to its final moments, AJGA staff will be following the leaders and Tweeting the action as it occurs. The drama will unfurl via Twitter and fed into the FootJoy Live Scoring application at ajga.org. As always, the AJGA staff will provide blogs and video recaps each day, so even if you can't witness the action firsthand, the AJGA will bring the action to you.

In the Presence of Greatness...

When you combine the best female junior golfers with one of the game’s most decorated players, you’re bound to have a special event. That’s just what the ANNIKA Invitational is – special. 2010 marks the second year Annika has partnered with the AJGA to bring some of the game’s most promising young ladies together for a week of education, competition and passion.

The 2009 Rolex Junior Player of the Year, Victoria Tanco of Bradenton, Fla., highlights this year’s field. No. 2 in the Polo Golf Rankings, the 15-year-old tied for sixth in the inaugural event. Always a strong competitor, she placed in the top 10 in seven AJGA tournaments last season. With a win at the Rolex Tournament of Champions, Tanco has compiled three invitational titles to her name.

The 2009 ANNIKA Invitational champion returns to the field to defend her title. Simin Feng of
Orlando, Fla., won on The Independence course last year, carding a tournament total of 4-over-par 220, one stroke ahead of the competition. In November, Feng advanced to the quarterfinals at the Polo Golf Junior Classic, propelling her to No. 13 in the Polo Golf Rankings.

Yueer Cindy Feng of Orlando, Fla., is one of the youngest players in the field at 13 years old, but is also one of the most competitive. A 2009 first-team Rolex Junior All-American, Feng captured last year’s Thunderbird International Junior and the McDonald’s Betsy Rawls Girls Championship. She tied for fourth at last year’s ANNIKA Invitational.

Other notable juniors include the sixth-ranked Jessica Korda of Bradenton, Fla., who recently led the U.S. to a win over Argentina at the Copa de las Americas. Seventh-ranked Kelly Shon of Port Washington, N.Y., who advanced to the finals of the Polo Golf Junior Classic will also be a strong competitor. Eighth-ranked Luz Alejandra Cangrejo of Bogota, Colombia, returns to the ANNIKA Invitational after finishing one stroke back of champion Simin Feng in 2009. Laetitia Beck of Caesarea, Israel, also returns to the field after earning a tie for fourth in last year’s event.

In a field that contains 21 Rolex Junior All-Americans and 13 juniors ranked inside the top 20 in the Polo Golf Rankings, the ANNIKA Invitational will act as a starting block to an exciting 2010.

Annika will once again host educational activities during the tournament week, including the Annika Clinic Sponsored by Rolex.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simin Feng won the inaugural title by one shot in 2009.

 

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