ANNIKA Invitational Europe 2017
Welcome to ANNIKA Invitational Europe, part of the R&A World Amateur Golf Rankings.
Picture 1: Winner of 2016th tournament, Beatrice Wallin. Photo: Göran Söderqvist
Picture 2: Happy girls celebrating Beatrice´s win. Photo: Göran Söderqvist
Swedens most successful golfer of all times, Annika Sörenstam, will be hosting, following and conducting the fifth ANNIKA Invitational Europe on site.
Annika Sörenstam is a winner of 72 official LPGA tournaments including ten majors, and has represented Europe in the Solheim Cup on eight occasions between 1994–2007.
Next year the tournament will be played at Halmstad Golf Club.
- General information
Halmstad Golf Club
Date & Venue
Format of play
Strokeplay over 54 holes, 18 holes on each day of the tournament, no cut.
A Junior-Am tournament will be played August 19th. About 30 players will be asked to participate in the Junior-Am. If a player is asked to participate in the Junior-Am participation is mandatory.
ANNIKA Invitational (USA)
The top three finishers, who have not turned 19 years old on the final day of the 2018 ANNIKA Invitational USA, will receive an invitation.
ANNIKA Invitational has, in only four years, won three awards from the AJGA. In 2009 the tournament was honored as the Newcomer of the Year and the 2010 event received the Invitational of the Year award. In 2011 ANNIKA Invitational earned the Media Award which recognizes a tournament with outstanding media participation and coverage before, during and after the event across a variety of platforms.
Cooperation with the AJGA
The AJGA has committed to provide the top finishers with “playing status with the AJGA”. This status will enable these finishers to gain entry into some AJGA events.
- Entry Conditions
A. Participants must be female and born 1st of January 1998 or later.
B. All participants must be an amateur golfer in accordance with the Rules of Amateur Status as approved by R&A Rules Limited.
C. The maximum handicap limit is -4,4.
D. The field will be limited to a maximum of 78 players.
The field will be decided in the following order:
Minimum number of open category entrants is 18.
Invitees - The top 48 players on the R&A Womens World Amateur Golf Ranking, published week 1 2016, and who also represents a country that is a member of the European Golf Association will be invited. The closing date to accept invitations is June 29th.
Exemptions - The ANNIKA Foundation and the Swedish Golf Federation will retain six places each - i.e. a total of twelve players.
Open entries - Places will be given to players in order of:
A. Ranking from the R&A Womens World Amateur Golf Ranking (June 30th)
Open entries will be accepted in the above order regardless of country representation.
- Entry fee
The R&A is supporting the 2017 ANNIKA Invitational Europe. The R&A’s generous financial contribution has substantially reduced the tournament entry fee for each player, providing added benefit and helping grow the game.
Entry fee 800 SEK will include (2016):
- Front row seat on Annika clinic on Tuesday afternoon August 2nd
- Two practice rounds and three tournament rounds
- Five lunches
- Two dinners (opening dinner Monday August 1st and dinner on Wednesday August 3rd)
- Fruit and drinks on the golfcourse
- Tourguide (Strokesaver)
- Unlimited practice balls on the driving range
- Transportation to and from Copenhagen International Airport upon arrival and departure on request
- Transportation between the official hotel and the golfcourse
- Wireless internet in the clubhouse
- Workshops on Wednesday afternoon August 3rd.
- Invited players
The top 48 European players born 1999 or later on the R&A Womens World Amateur Golf Ranking, published week 1, 2017 will be invited. The list of invited players will be published in January. The closing date to accept invitations is June 29th 2017.
- Transportation and accommodation
- Schedule of Events
Sunday, July 31
*Official practice round
Monday, August 1
*ANNIKA Cup 1st and 2nd round
*Opening Ceremony and dinner at Clarion Hotell&Congress Malmö Live
Tuesday, August 2
*1st Championship round
Wednesday, August 3
*2nd Championship round
*16:30 - Workshops at Clarion Hotell&Congress Malmö Live
*18:30 Mexican Evening, Eatery Social Taqueria at Clarion Hotell&Congress Malmö Live
Thuesday, August 4
*3rd Championship round
The ANNIKA Foundation partnered with the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) and the inaugural ANNIKA Invitational was held January 16 – 19, 2009 in Reunion, Florida.
In 2011 the ANNIKA Invitational Asia made it´s debut and in 2012 the ANNIKA Invitational Europe were added. The top three players in both Asia and Europe get invited to the tournament in Orlando the following year.
Annika Sorenstam, when developing her idea of what the ANNIKA Invitational would be, was determined not to make her event "just another tournament." She wanted her invited participants to come away from the ANNIKA Invitational with something more than just a three round aggregate score.
Her experience had taught her that it takes more than a good golf swing and putting stroke to be a winner on the competitive tours. To have a successful career you need to balance your life, you need life skills and that is the content in workshops that take place after play at an ANNIKA Invitational.
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