ANNIKA Invitational Europe 2018
Welcome to ANNIKA Invitational Europe, part of the R&A World Amateur Golf Rankings.
Picture 1: Winner of 2017th tournament, Amanda Linnér. Photo: Göran Söderqvist
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.
- General information
Royal Drottningholm 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 June 18th. 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 2019 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 2000 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:
Invitees - The top 48 players on the R&A Womens World Amateur Golf Ranking, published week 1 2018, 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 May 10th.
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 (May 10th)
Open entries will be accepted in the above order regardless of country representation.
Minimum number of open category entrants is 18.
Entries must be submitted no later than May 10th 2018.
- Entry fee
The R&A is supporting the 2018 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 will include:
- Front row seat on Annika clinic on Tuesday afternoon June 19th
- Two practice rounds and three tournament rounds
- Five lunches
- Two dinners (opening dinner Monday June 18th and dinner on Wednesday June 20th)
- Fruit and drinks on the golfcourse
- Tourguide (Strokesaver)
- Unlimited practice balls on the driving range
- Transportation to and from Stockholm Arlanda Airport upon arrival and departure on request
- Wireless internet in the clubhouse
- Workshops on Wednesday afternoon June 20th
- Invited players
The top 48 European players born 2000 or later on the R&A Womens World Amateur Golf Ranking, published week 1, 2018 will be invited. The list of invited players will be published in January. The closing date to accept invitations is May 10th 2018.
List of players to the Junior/Am.
- Transportation and accommodation
Airport official is Stockholm Arlanda Airport
Transportation is provided free of charge from arrival and departure Stockholm Arlanda Airport
- Schedule of Events
Sunday 17 June: First practice day
Monday 18 June: Second practice day, Junior-Am and Opening dinner (19:00 at TBA).
Tuesday 19 June: First round and Annika clinic (starts at 16:00).
Wednesday 20 June: Second round, Seminars (starts at 16:30) and Barbeque Party with activities.
Thursday 21 June: Third round and prize giving ceremony.
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.