ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The motion will stay in Florida and nonetheless happens within the winter, however the ANNIKA Invitational USA has modified some issues up in 2018.
The occasion has moved from Reunion Resort’s Watson Course in Kissimmee, Fla., a contact north to the World Golf Village’s Slammer & Squire Course in St. Augustine, Fla. The match will run from Jan. 13-15 fairly than a mid-February date.
However an important level stays comparable: The standard of the sector.
This AJGA invitational yearly boasts one of many yr’s high junior fields, with final yr’s occasion internet hosting six of the highest 15 within the Golfweek/Sagarin junior ladies rankings moving into.
This yr’s crop? Really even higher.
5 of the highest six gamers within the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings are current in St. Augustine, together with No. 1 Lucy Li and No. 2 Rachel Heck (each Class of 2020). Seven of the highest 10 are right here, as are 10 of the highest 15.
There are 72 gamers in all this week in St. Augustine within the 10th annual working of this occasion.
The ANNIKA Invitational USA was the primary junior occasion Annika Sorenstam based, and the 10-time LPGA main champion now hosts junior occasions globally with the ANNIKA Invitational Europe, the ANNIKA Invitational Latin America, the ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills (China) and the ANNIKA Cup (Sweden) additionally in tow.
Heavy rain hit the Slammer & Squire Course on Friday, inflicting the day’s junior-am to be lower brief. It additionally leaves the course moist and comfortable for when match play commences Saturday.
The next three days will not be projected to carry any extra rain, however temperatures are set to hover within the 40s and 50s. So the circumstances might current a problem.
The invitational is the primary girls-only occasion of the 2018 AJGA season. With this discipline and a colder-than-usual Florida forecast, there’s loads of intrigue heading into this weekend.
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The place: World Golf Village’s Slammer & Squire Course, St. Augustine, Fla
When: Jan. 13-15
Who: 72 junior ladies golfers, together with 5 of the highest six within the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings