ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex

World Golf Village - Slammer & Squire Course
St. Augustine, Fla. Jan. 12 - 15, 2018

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TOURNAMENT FACT SHEET

Quick Facts

Tournament Storylines

Top Finishers Return
Out of the top-10 finishers at last year's Invitational, seven will make their return (two graduated). The top returning finisher is runner-up Amanda Linnér.
A Decade with Annika
This year will mark the 10th annual ANNIKA Invitational presented by Rolex. Through the years, many great players have competed in and won the Invitational. Alison Lee (2012) and Angel Yin (2015) have each won the Invitational and gone on to compete for Team USA at the Solheim Cup. Jessica Korda, who competed in the inaugural ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex, also qualified for the 2017 Solheim Cup before a medical withdrawal.
Symetra Tour exemption
For the second consecutive year, the champion of the ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex will receive an exemption into the Symetra Tour's Florida's Natural Charity Classic. Last year, Brooke Seay finished T29 at the Tour event after winning the ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex in a playoff.
Global ANNIKA Invitationals Represented
Reigning champions of two ANNIKA Invitationals will compete in the field. Amanda Linnér (ANNIKA Invitational Europe) and Valeria Sofia Pacheco (ANNIKA Invitational Latin America) will each compete after their 2017 victories.
International Feel
Twenty-eight players will represent 15 foreign countries at this year's ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex. Sweden is the most represented foreign country with five players, while Mexico has three. The other countries represented are Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, France, Italy, Japan, Puerto Rico, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.
Highly-Ranked Players in Rolex AJGA Rankings
Six of the top-10 players in the Rolex AJGA Rankings will be in the field: (1) Lucy Li, (2) Rachel Heck, (4) Yujeong Son, (6) Gina Kim, (7) Rose Zhang and (9) Yealimi Noh.
The AJGA's 40th Year
The ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex is the first AJGA Invitational of 2018 and thus helps kick off the AJGA's 40th year. Since its inaugural event in August 1978, the organization has expanded to run more than 110 tournaments per year.
College bound: 45 players have committed to play golf at the college of their choice.
  Grad Signed Commitment Verbal Commitment
Mikayla Bardwell 2018 University of Tennessee
Lauren Beaudreau 2019 University of Notre Dame
Hailey Borja 2019 University of Michigan
Zoe Antoinette Campos 2021 University of California, Los Angeles
Briana Chacon 2019 University of Oregon
Mathilde Claisse 2019 University of South Carolina
Kyra Cox 2018 Furman University
Anika Dy 2019 University of Michigan
Macy Fox 2020 University of Texas at Austin
Linn Grant 2019 Arizona State University
Reese Guzman 2019 Pepperdine University
Haylin Harris 2018 Michigan State University
Rachel Heck 2020 Stanford University
Sabrina Iqbal 2018 TCU
Gina Kim 2018 Duke University
Irene Kim 2019 Northwestern University
Jenny Kim 2018 University of Florida
Frida Kinhult 2018 Florida State University
Tiffany Kong 2019 Princeton University
Alyssa Lamoureux 2018 University of Central Florida
Amanda Linnér 2020 Arizona State University
Cory Lopez 2020 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Maria Fernanda Martinez 2019 University of Oklahoma
Alexa Melton 2019 Pepperdine University
Ashley Menne 2020 Arizona State University
Lauren Miller 2018 Mississippi State University
Alyssa Montgomery 2019 Virginia Tech
Elizabeth Moon 2018 University of Central Florida
Brianna Navarrosa 2020 University of Southern California
Alessia Nobilio 2020 University of California, Los Angeles
Yealimi Noh 2019 University of California, Los Angeles
Valeria Sofia Pacheco 2018 TCU
Emilie Alba Paltrinieri 2020 University of California, Los Angeles
Valery Plata 2018 Michigan State University
Taylor Roberts 2020 Florida State University
Megan Schofill 2019 University of Kentucky
Serena Sepersky 2019 UNLV
Aneka Seumanutafa 2019 Ohio State University
Ivy Shepherd 2018 Clemson University
Elina Sinz 2020 Auburn University
Maja Stark 2019 Oklahoma State University
Beatrice Wallin 2018 Florida State University
Elizabeth Wang 2018 Harvard University
Nicole Whiston 2019 University of Tennessee
Lei (Angelina) Ye 2019 Stanford University
 
 
Local flavor: 13 players from Florida will compete.
  (Citizenship) Hometown Grad
Jillian Bourdage Tamarac 2020
Jenny Kim Heathrow 2018
Alyssa Lamoureux Fruitland Park 2018
Lauren Miller Niceville 2018
Valeria Sofia Pacheco Hallandale Beach 2018
Taylor Roberts Parkland 2020
Kanyanat Saithip Bradenton 2018
Megan Schofill Monticello 2019
Meiyi Yan Windermere 2019
Katie Yoo Orlando 2020
Anne Yu Champions Gate 2020
SiQin Yu Bradenton 2020
Amy Zhang Lake Mary 2018

Schedule of Events

Friday, January 12
8 a.m. shotgun Practice Round
5:30 p.m. Callaway Golf Junior-Am Awards Reception
 
Saturday, January 13
8:15 - 10:05 a.m. First Round off Nos. 1 & 10 tees
 
Sunday, January 14
8:15 - 10:05 a.m. Second Round off Nos. 1 & 10 tees
 
Monday, January 15
8:15 - 10:05 a.m. Final Round off Nos. 1 & 10 tees
3 p.m. Awards Ceremony

Top Players to Watch

Lucy Li, Redwood Shores, Calif. (2020)
Li is the top-ranked player in the Rolex AJGA Rankings after ending 2017 with a victory at the Rolex Tournament of Champions. The victory was her third AJGA Invitational victory of the year. After earning an exemption into the 2017 ANA Inspiration through her AJGA victory, Li was the only amateur to make the cut. Li has previously competed for Team USA at the Junior Ryder Cup and the PING Junior Solheim Cup.
Rachel Heck, Memphis, Tenn. (2020)
Heck, the reigning Rolex Junior Player of the Year, began her incredible 2017 season with a T5 finish at the ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex. After that, she finished top five at her next four AJGA events, including her first Invitational win at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship. Heck is verbally committed to Stanford University and is currently No. 2 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings.
Amanda Linnér, Onsala, Sweden (2020)
Linnér finished runner-up at the 2017 ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex. Her final-round 8-under-par 64 set a course and tournament record and forced a playoff. Linnér went 2-1-0 as a member of the 2017 European PING Junior Solheim Cup Team and is No. 15 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings.
Yujeong Son, (South Korea) Norman, Okla. (2019)
Son catapulted to No. 4 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings after a 2017 season that saw her post top-10 finishes in her final four AJGA events. Son won the Kathy Whitworth Invitational in the spring before winning the Swinging Skirts AJGA Invitational in August. She competed as a member of the Wyndham Cup's West Team in 2017.
Gina Kim, Chapel Hill, N.C. (2018)
Kim, who has signed a National Letter of Intent to Duke University, is the highest-ranked senior in the field at No. 6 in the Rolex AJGA Rankings. This year will mark the third time Kim has competed at the ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex. Her 2017 season was highlighted by runner-up finishes at The PING Invitational and the AJGA Girls Championship, as well as a 2-0-1 record for Team USA at the PING Junior Solheim Cup.
 

2017 Results

ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex
Reunion Resort (Feb. 17 - 20, 2017)
 
1 *Brooke Seay Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. 69–71–70—210
2 Amanda Linnér Onsala, Sweden 72–74–64—210
3 Ya Chun Chang (Taiwan) Bradenton, Fla. 72–70–69—211
4 Elizabeth Wang San Marino, Calif. 75–66–71—212
T5 Rose Zhang Irvine, Calif. 73–71–70—214
T5 Sabrina Iqbal San Jose, Calif. 72–72–70—214
T5 Virginia Green Fairhope, Ala. 72–71–71—214
T5 Emilie Alba Paltrinieri Milan, Italy 68–70–76—214
T5 Rachel Heck Memphis, Tenn. 69–70–75—214
T5 Addie Baggarly Jonesborough, Tenn. 75–69–70—214
 
* Won via a sudden-death playoff

Media Accommodations

The ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex will have AJGA communications representatives on hand to assist media throughout the week. Prior to the tournament the AJGA will provide information about the event and its participants, as well as assist with player interviews.

After each round, media officials on-site will write a recap with the day's results. These will be emailed to all media outlets. Interviews with AJGA Tournament Directors, Tournament Chairmen and juniors may be conducted before or after tournament rounds.

For more information about the AJGA and tournaments, please refer to ajga.org. Tournament websites are accessible from the homepage and include recaps, list of participants, tee times, live scoring, course and sponsorship information.

About the ANNIKA Foundation

Annika created the ANNIKA Foundation (www.annikafoundation.org) to provide opportunities in women’s golf at the junior, collegiate and professional levels while teaching young people the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition. The Foundation has partnered with key organizations to promote healthy, active lifestyles for children, including SPARK, Florida Hospital for Children in support of its Healthy 100 Kids initiative and The First Tee in development of the Nine Healthy Habits curriculum for children.

It annually conducts five major golf events for aspiring junior girls: the ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla.; ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills in China; ANNIKA Invitational Europe and ANNIKA Cup in Sweden; and, in association with The R&A, the ANNIKA Invitational Latin America in Argentina. In 2013, the Foundation’s reach extended to the collegiate ranks with the ANNIKA Award presented by 3M (awarded to most outstanding female NCAA Division I golfer) and ANNIKA Intercollegiate presented by 3M (12 team, 54-hole event in Minnesota). SPARK grants to schools, financial support of Healthy 100 Kids, endowing an AJGA ACE Grant, and the “Share My Passion” Golf Clinics are other areas of emphasis.

About Rolex

Rolex, the leading brand of the Swiss watch industry, is headquartered in Geneva and enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise the world over. Its Oyster watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, the brand pioneered the development of the wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces all the essential components of its watches in-house, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports, exploration, the spirit of enterprise, and the environment through a broad palette of sponsoring activities as well as philanthropic programmes.

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 6,900 members from 50 states and 60 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 910 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.

Tournament field

- Bold indicates Florida native
Kynadie Adams Gallatin, Tenn.
Amari Avery Riverside, Calif.
Mikayla Bardwell Dallas, Texas
Lauren Beaudreau Lemont, Ill.
Maria Jose Bohorquez Bogota, Colombia
Hailey Borja Lake Forest, Calif.
Jillian Bourdage Tamarac, Fla.
Zoe Antoinette Campos Valencia, Calif.
Adela Cernousek Antibes, France
Briana Chacon Whittier, Calif.
Ching-Tzu Chen Hsinchu, Taiwan
Mathilde Claisse Poissy, France
Kyra Cox South Salem, N.Y.
Anika Dy Traverse City, Mich.
Sadie Englemann Austin, Texas
Macy Fox Austin, Texas
Agustina Gomez Cisterna Buenos Aires, Argentina
Linn Grant Viken, Sweden
Reese Guzman Kahului, Hawaii
Haylin Harris Carmel, Ind.
Rachel Heck Memphis, Tenn.
Sabrina Iqbal San Jose, Calif.
Gina Kim Chapel Hill, N.C.
Irene Kim La Palma, Calif.
Jenny Kim Heathrow, Fla.
Frida Kinhult Fiskebackskil, Sweden
Tiffany Kong (Canada) Vancouver, British Columbia
Alyssa Lamoureux Fruitland Park, Fla.
Lucy Li Redwood Shores, Calif.
Amanda Linnér Onsala, Sweden
Cory Lopez Monterrey, Mexico
Maria Fernanda Martinez Alvarado Veracruz, Mexico
Antonia Matte Santiago, Chile
Alexa Melton Covina, Calif.
Ashley Menne Surprise, Ariz.
Lauren Miller Niceville, Fla.
Kajal Mistry Johannesburg, South Africa
Alyssa Montgomery Knoxville, Tenn.
Elizabeth Moon Forrest City, Ark.
Emily Nash Lunenburg, Mass.
Brianna Navarrosa San Diego, Calif.
Makenzie Niblett Austin, Texas
Alessia Nobilio Rozzano (MI), Italy
Yealimi Noh Concord, Calif.
Nao Ohbayashi Himeji, Japan
Valentina Origel Irapuato, Mexico
Valeria Sofia Pacheco Ponce, P.R.
Emilie Alba Paltrinieri Milan, Italy
Bohyun Park (South Korea) Farmers Branch, Texas
Valery Plata Floridablanca, Colombia
Taylor Roberts Parkland, Fla.
Kanyanat Saithip (Thailand) Bradenton, Fla.
Megan Schofill Monticello, Fla.
Serena Sepersky Temecula, Calif.
Aneka Seumanutafa Emmitsburg, Md.
Ivy Shepherd Peachtree City, Ga.
Elina Sinz Katy, Texas
Woo-Ju Son Johannesburg, South Africa
Yujeong Son (South Korea) Norman, Okla.
Maja Stark Abbekas, Sweden
Beatrice Wallin Olofstorp, Sweden
Elizabeth Wang San Marino, Calif.
Jiayi Wang Shanghai, China
Nicole Whiston San Diego, Calif.
Abigail Wiranatha West Covina, Calif.
Meiyi Yan (China) Windermere, Fla.
Lei (Angelina) Ye (China) Bradenton, Fla.
Katie Yoo Orlando, Fla.
Anne Yu (China) Champions Gate, Fla.
SiQin Yu (China) Bradenton, Fla.
Amy Zhang Lake Mary, Fla.
Rose Zhang Irvine, Calif.