Golf News for Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | Sponsorship

ANNIKA Academy partners with Canada's Maple Leaf Junior Tour

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The ANNIKA Academy - Hall-of-Fame golfer Annika Sorenstam's boutique golf instruction and fitness school - has partnered with Canada's leading junior golf circuit, the Maple Leaf Junior Tour (MJT).

Located at Orlando's Reunion Resort, the Academy was founded in 2007 as a platform for the 10-time major champion to share her passion for golf, fitness and nutrition. Highlights of the new partnership with the MJT include an Annika-led skills clinic for competitors at the season-ending MJT Boston Pizza National Championship, Nov. 8-10, at Reunion.

"The MJT is honored to partner with the ANNIKA Academy, which is led by one of the sport's all-time greats," says Murray Poje, PGA Professional and Executive Director of the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour. "Annika is an exceptional role model for juniors, as her path to success on and off-the-course was made possible by virtues like perseverance, respect for the game and sportsmanship toward fellow competitors."

"This new association with the MJT dovetails nicely with Annika's devotion to promoting junior golf via her Academy and Foundation," says John Goodman, Director of Sales and Marketing at the ANNIKA Academy. "We're excited by the opportunity to introduce even more Canadians to Academy programs tailored to players of all ages and abilities."

The field for the MJT Boston Pizza National Championship at Reunion Resort is by invitation only. Seventy-two competitors will be selected based on the MJT Cleveland Golf Order of Merit (OOM). Invitations will be extended the week of September 1 to the top Order of Merit-rated players in each province (determined by the best three OOM finishes divided by three).

The MJT is "the Road to College Golf" in Canada with 50-plus tournaments scheduled in 2013 for young golfers aged nine through 19. In addition to being the number one-played competitive circuit in the country for multi-day tournaments, it is the only program that offers a special rate discount for members for college golf consultations, live webinars, live Q&A chat sessions on college golf and an annual college golf consultation package award.

For more information about the MJT: www.maplejt.com, jrtour@maplejt.com, 877.859.GOLF.

For more information about the ANNIKA Academy: www.theannikaacademy.com, TheTeam@TheAnnikaAcademy.com, 888.266.4522.

For more information about the ANNIKA Foundation: www.annikafoundation.org.

About the Maple Leaf Junior Tour (MJT)
The non-profit Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour presented by Boston Pizza (www.maplejt.com) is Canada's number-one played Junior Golf Tour as well as the only national junior tour run exclusively by PGA of Canada Professionals and the 'Road to College Golf' in Canada. The organization is generously supported by Boston Pizza and Premier Partners Cleveland Golf, Srixon, Ford, Mr. Lube, Golf Town and Travel Underwriters, in addition to valued Tournament and Product Partners. The MJT hosts more than 60 events across Canada, including free Ford Go Golf Junior Clinics, the MJT Mini Tour for 7-12 year olds, and multi-day events for competitive players which also qualify juniors for international competitions. The program offers annual awards, scholarships, and frequent player incentives to help reward player's performance and participation throughout each season. MJT alumni include many Professional Tour players and PGA of Canada Professionals, as well as Canadian Amateur, National and Provincial Junior Champions. The MJT aims to develop champions, in golf and in life, promoting the game from grassroots through to provincial, national, university and professional level.

About the ANNIKA Academy
The ANNIKA Academy is a state-of-the-art, "boutique" golf school at Reunion Resort, near Orlando, Fla. It opened in 2007 as a way to share Annika's passion for golf, fitness and nutrition, along with her personal team of coaches. Their simple techniques allow players of any age, gender or skill level to reach their potential by transferring more energy and power from the gym to the course. The Academy is a Certified Callaway Performance Center with two spacious hitting booths that offer custom club fitting and video swing analysis. Complete with a modern fitness facility, conference room, and full-service locker rooms, the Academy provides individualized golf instruction, personalized fitness and nutrition programs, and custom corporate packages. Guests can play with Annika or learn the proven winning approach she established with her world renowned team of instructors.

About the ANNIKA Foundation
Annika created the ANNIKA Foundation as a way to teach children the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition, and offer aspiring junior golfers opportunities to pursue their dreams. The Foundation has partnered with key organizations to promote healthy, active lifestyles for children, including SPARK, Florida Hospital for Children in support of its Healthy 100 Kids initiative and The First Tee in development of the Nine Healthy Habits curriculum for children.

It annually conducts four major golf events for aspiring junior girls, including an award-winning AJGA tournament, ANNIKA Invitational at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla.; the ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills, the first all-girls junior tournament in China; the ANNIKA Invitational in Europe; and the ANNIKA Cup, a team event for the top juniors in Sweden. The Foundation awards SPARK grants to schools, is a financial supporter of Healthy 100 Kids and has endowed an ACE scholarship with the AJGA. Other key initiatives include ANNIKA Junior Day, the ANNIKA Inspiration Award and scholarships for aspiring Swedish juniors.

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Stephen Reynolds
Buffalo Communications
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Elaine Denton
Maple Leaf Junior Tour
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