Starting in 2023: ‘THE ANNIKA pushed by Gainbridge at Pelican’
Happening at Pelican Golf Membership within the Fall of 2023, ‘THE ANNIKA’ Turns into Sole Namesake Occasion on the LPGA Tour
BELLEAIR, Fla., Sept. 13, 2022 – The LPGA Tour and the Pelican Ladies’s Championship introduced right now that Annika Sorenstam, one of the embellished golfers in historical past, will change into match host for Tampa Bay’s signature LPGA Tour occasion, starting in 2023. In collaboration with LPGA Tour match companions Gainbridge and Pelican Golf Membership, THE ANNIKA pushed by Gainbridge at Pelican will happen in November 2023 because the penultimate occasion of the LPGA Tour season.
“It’s an unbelievable honor to host one of many premier occasions on the LPGA Tour schedule at Pelican Golf Membership, a world-class facility, alongside my good pals at Gainbridge,” stated Sorenstam. “Giving again to the sport I really like and mentoring the sport’s subsequent era of gamers have all the time been on the forefront of every thing we do. I’m excited to kick off this nice new partnership and elevate this match to new heights on the LPGA Tour.”
“The chance to create “THE ANNIKA” in partnership with Pelican Golf Membership, permits Gainbridge to proceed to help these world-class LPGA athletes whereas celebrating the legacy of the best lady golfer of the fashionable period,” stated Dan Towriss, CEO and President of Group 1001, the dad or mum group of Gainbridge. “Via the work of our sister firm, PARITY, and different partnerships within the works, we are going to proceed to focus on the contributions of Annika and different legends of girls’s sports activities, each in and outdoors of the aggressive area.”
“Pelican Golf Membership is dedicated to providing a best-in-class expertise for gamers and followers alike. Having a world icon in Annika group up with Gainbridge and us to raise our nice championship is a win for girls’s sports activities,” stated Dan Doyle Jr, proprietor of Pelican Golf Membership. “I’m extremely enthusiastic about what the longer term holds for THE ANNIKA pushed by Gainbridge at Pelican, and we stay up for additional constructing our relationship with the LPGA Tour and the perfect gamers within the recreation.”
“Teamwork and partnership are on the core of the LPGA’s mission. Annika, Gainbridge and Pelican Golf Membership have all performed necessary roles within the historical past of the LPGA. Collectively, these three gamechangers will undoubtedly create a championship that’s consultant of the world-class expertise of our gamers and can function an amazing instance of the ability of collective dedication and excellence,” stated Mollie Marcoux Samaan, LPGA Commissioner. “We stay up for this championship persevering with to boost the bar and elevate the LPGA to new heights.”
The general purse improve for the 2023 occasion, together with extra match particulars, might be introduced throughout the week of the 2022 Pelican Ladies’s Championship, going down Nov. 7-13 at Pelican Golf Membership in Belleair, Fla.
Throughout her 15-year Corridor-of-Fame profession, Annika rewrote the LPGA and Girls European Tour file books, and amassed over 90 worldwide wins, together with 72 on the LPGA and 10 Main Championships. She received a file eight Rolex Participant of the Yr awards, was the primary lady in 58 years to play on the PGA TOUR, the one LPGA participant to shoot 59, and remains to be the LPGA’s all-time cash chief with over $22 million in earnings.
For the previous three years, Gainbridge has served as title sponsor for LPGA occasions contested at Boca Rio Golf Membership in Boca Raton, Fla., in 2020 and 2022 and at Lake Nona Golf and Nation Membership in Orlando in 2021. Lydia Ko captured her seventeenth LPGA Tour victory on the 2022 Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio. Annika returned to the LPGA Tour for the primary time in 13 years on the 2021 Gainbridge LPGA, contested at her residence course at Lake Nona. Previous to the Gainbridge LPGA, Gainbridge served because the sponsor for the LPGA Tour’s Indy in Tech Championship in Indianapolis from 2017-2019.
Pelican Golf Membership has hosted The Pelican Ladies’s Championship since 2020. The 2021 Pelican Ladies’s Championship was contested in November with followers in attendance for the primary time. Nelly Korda defeated Lexi Thompson, Lydia Ko and defending champion Sei Younger Kim on the primary playoff gap to seize her fourth victory in 2021 and seventh total. The Pelican Ladies’s Championship made its debut in 2020, with Kim capturing her twelfth LPGA Tour victory.
The 2022 Pelican Ladies’s Championship will function a 120-player subject competing for a share of a $2 million purse. The occasion would be the remaining full-field occasion for the 2022 LPGA Tour season.
For extra info on the Pelican Ladies’s Championship, go to PelicanLPGA.com and on social media: @PelicanLPGA on Twitter, @PelicanLPGA on Instagram and Pelican Ladies’s Championship on Fb.