Golf News for Monday, June 9, 2014 | Tournaments

ANNIKA Invitational Europe partners with Ladies European Tour

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The ANNIKA Foundation - golf Hall-of-Famer Annika Sorenstam's charitable organization - announces its ANNIKA Invitational Europe has partnered with the Ladies European Tour (LET) to offer PING Junior Solheim Cup Points.

Beginning in 2015, the ANNIKA Invitational Europe will be one of eight tournaments where qualifying points will be available. The top-six point earners will automatically secure berths on the 2015 Junior Solheim Cup European team. The event will be played September 14-15 at Germany's G.C. St. Leon-Rot, marking the first time the biennial matches will be held at the same venue as The Solheim Cup.

The 2015 ANNIKA Invitational Europe is scheduled for August 4-6 at Sweden's Bro-Balsta Golf Club, the place where Annika and sister Charlotta learned to play the game.

"It's always special when we're able to host Europe's most-promising junior girls at the course Charlotta and I grew up playing," says Annika, winner of a record 89 professional tournaments worldwide. "Now that the ANNIKA Invitational Europe is a qualifying event for the Junior Solheim Cup, we expect the field to be stronger than ever."

Now in its third year, the 2014 ANNIKA Invitational Europe will be played August 5-7 at Forsgardens Golf Club in Sweden. The winner of the 54-hole, stroke-play event will earn an exemption to the LET's Helsingborg Open 2014, while the top-three finishers will be invited to compete in the 2015 ANNIKA Invitational USA in Orlando, Fla.

Modeled after the award-winning ANNIKA Invitational USA, the ANNIKA Invitational Europe will feature 78 of Europe's top junior girls. A Junior-Am, golf clinic conducted by Annika, and educational seminars about food and nutrition and college recruiting are other highlights of the week.

The caliber of competitors is evidenced by the fact that 2012 champion, Linnea Strom from Sweden, is committed to play collegiately at Arizona State; 2013 winner, Marlene Hansen from Denmark, will play at Coastal Carolina.

For more information about the Junior Solheim Cup: www.solheimcup.com, or contact Eva-Lotta Sternmarker at evalotta@ladieseuropeantour.com.

For more information about the ANNIKA Invitational Europe: http://annikafoundation.org/annika-invitational-europe/

About the ANNIKA Foundation
Annika created the ANNIKA Foundation (www.annikafoundation.org) 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.

The Foundation annually conducts four major golf events for aspiring junior girls: the AJGA ANNIKA Invitational at Reunion Resort in Orlando, Fla.; ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills in China; ANNIKA Invitational Europe in Sweden; and ANNIKA Cup, a team event for Swedish juniors. In 2013, its reach extended to the collegiate ranks with the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M (awarded to most outstanding female NCAA Division I golfer) and ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M (12-team, 54-hole event at Reunion Resort). SPARK grants to schools, financial support of Healthy 100 Kids, endowment of an AJGA ACE scholarship, ANNIKA Junior Day, ANNIKA Inspiration Award and scholarships for aspiring Swedish juniors are other key initiatives.

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