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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