The ANA Junior Inspiration, organized in partnership between the AJGA and All Nippon Airways (ANA), challenges 48 invitation-only golfers over 36 holes on the Pete Dye Challenge Course on Saturday. The champion earns the final exemption into the ANA Inspiration, the LPGA’s first major of the year. For Sunday's final round, the junior golfers had the chance to play on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course with LPGA Legends, with each pairing group featuring one Legend and two juniors. Juniors competed for the stroke-play title and participated in a fun competition among groups in a best-ball format with the Legends.
Rounds 1 & 2
Rachel Heck of Memphis, Tennessee, and Hailey Borja of Lake Forest, California, tied for the lead after the first round with matching 4-under-par 68s. Early in the second round, Yujeong Son carded five birdies in seven holes to take the solo lead, before Ashley Menne went on a late run, including a birdie on the final hole, to take the lead heading into the final round after 36 holes on the Pete Dye Course.
After a back-and-forth final round, Rose Zhang capped a final-round 3-under-par 69 with a birdie on No. 18 to capture her first AJGA Invitational title on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course. She then joined playing partner and LPGA Legend Patty Sheehan in jumping in Poppie's Pond.