Golf Works to Create More Opportunities for Junior Female Golfers

The golfing world continues to progress, this time making major changes in the world of women’s golf. Young female golfers are receiving an opportunity of a lifetime, as more of them are now eligible to compete for a spot in the LPGA’s first major, the ANA Inspiration. The tournament, which will be known as the “ANA Junior Inspiration Tournament”, will feature young female golfing talents from selected major American cities.

Traditionally, only local junior golfers from the Southern California area were allowed to compete for a spot in the ANA Inspiration tournament. Now however with this expansion, more junior golfers will receive the opportunity to compete for a shot at the Title. The original event also gave young golfers the opportunity to golf with some of the game’s most important legends and personalities in an inspirational round of golf on the eve of the championship. The “inspirational journey”, as the LPGA article describes it, becomes a sort of spiritual journey for young female golfers to achieve their championship dreams and aspirations. ANA, the sponsors of the event, are adamant about providing all young female golfers with this dream. “When ANA first decided to partner the LPGA as title sponsor of the ANA Inspiration and become the Official Airline of the LPGA, it was opportunities like this that really stood out – The ANA Junior Inspiration is completely unprecedented in the game of golf. Nowhere else can high-school students share precious moments with their idols and be mentored by both LPGA hall of fame legends and past champions of tournaments while trying to win the chance to tee off in the opening round with the greatest players on the planet,” said Mr. Hideki Kunugi, Senior Vice President of the ANA Americas.

As said before, the tournament will no longer be exclusive to just players from Southern California, but now also open to players from cities like San Francisco, Seattle, Washington DC, Vancouver, Chicago, Houston, New York, and Honolulu. The tournament in the past has seen the likes of great players receive wonderful opportunities to compete for elite positions. Allison Lee for example, ranked 21 in the world, also saw her professional beginnings bloom in the older version of the tournament. She remarks the outstanding opportunity the tournament granted her, and how it was able to propel her golfing career into new heights.

Available spots will be determined by a selection committee composed of the ANA Inspiration committee along with representatives from golf associations like the SCGA. The tournament will feature a star-studded selection of female golfers who are all competing to take a dip in the legendary Poppie’s Pond in victorious celebration. The tournament will be played between March 31- April 3, 2016.

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The Top 4 Tim Tebow Sport Moments

Tim Tebow is an American football quarterback, who is one of college football’s most iconic players. During his collegiate career at the University of Florida, Tebow, was known as the “sparkplug” for the Gators offense because of his leadership on and off the field. He was difficult to defend because of his “dual threat” ability to either pass or run the football. In 2010, Tebow was drafted by the Denver Broncos as the 25th pick in the NFL draft. After playing two seasons in Denver, he would be playing for the New York Jets and have a brief stint with New England Patriots, and Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles decided to release Tebow after their final preseason game last year. Currently, he is working for the SEC sports network as a TV analyst, with the hope of getting another chance in the NFL. We look back at some of the top sports moments of Tim Tebow’s career.

Win the Heisman Trophy
Tebow had a much smaller role in the Gators offense during his freshman year. Many people were skeptical about Tebow’s passing ability and felt it was the only thing he could do well was run the ball. Well, let’s just say they were all wrong. After being named the starting quarterback in his sophomore year, he would go on to have an unbelievable season. He threw for 3,286 yards, 32 touchdowns and be a force on the ground, rushing for 895 yards and 23 touchdowns. After having so much success in his sophomore year, he would win the Heisman Trophy, which is given to the most outstanding college football player of the year.

The Speech
After having a successful sophomore season, Tebow’s goal was to help lead the Gators to a National Championship in 2008, but it did not come easy. In the beginning of the season, the Gators would be upset by an unranked Ole Miss team. This truly put a damper in their title hopes as many believed the Gators would not be able to recover from their catastrophic loss. However, during the post game interviews, Tim Tebow gave the Gator Nation a legendary and inspiring speech that will always be remembered. After this game, the Gators would bounce back and run the table winning their last 10 games in dominating fashion, which included a second National Championship in 3 years. Below you can find the speech in its entirety.

Wins 2nd National Championship against Oklahoma
Tebow and the Gators took on an extremely talented Oklahoma team in the 2009 BCS Championship. Florida struggled in the first half as Tebow through a career high 2 interceptions. However, the Gators would not be denied a shot at a National Championship. After a another motivating speech by Tebow at halftime, he and the Gators came out rolling. With 3 minutes to play in the game, Tebow put the icing on the cake with his signature jump pass, putting Florida up for good, 24-14.

First NFL Playoff Win
In 2011, Tebow leads the Denver Broncos to their first playoff appearance in six seasons. Denver would take on a heavily favored Pittsburgh Steelers team in the AFC wild card round. No one believed the Broncos had a chance to win this game, but Tebow proved his doubters wrong once again and defeated the Steelers in overtime in a game winning 80 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Demaryius Thomas.

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