Shenzhen, China: The winner of the 2019 ANNIKA Invitational will be invited to play alongside the professionals in the EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open.
Golfing legend Annika Sorenstam will return to southern China to host the ninth edition of the all-girls event at Mission Hills Dongguan from February 27 to March 1.
Played over three rounds on her Annika Course, more than 70 top female amateurs aged between eight and 18 now have the added incentive of a Tour start to play for – as well as China Golf Association (CGA) and World Amateur Ranking points and a place in the ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex.
The 2019 winner will tee it up alongside more than 100 Tour players from around the world in the fifth edition of the EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open, from May 10-12 at the Hong Kong Golf Club.
Sponsored by EFG Bank for the third consecutive year and played on Fanling’s historic Old Course, the event is the first and only tournament in Hong Kong with Rolex World Ranking points.
Sorenstam, a 10-time Major champion, said: “I’m so proud of what this event has become over the past nine years. Mission Hills has been a wonderful founding partner and thanks to EFG Bank and Hong Kong Golf Club, the players will have added incentive at this year’s competition.”
Tenniel Chu, Group Vice-Chairman of Mission Hills, said: “The ANNIKA Invitational is one of the highlights of our annual junior golf programme at Mission Hills, which features more than 50 tournaments for tens of thousands of young golfers in China and across the region. We thank the EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open for extending an invitation to the winner and for joining us in support of women’s golf in China.”
Ian Gardner, General Manager of Hong Kong Golf Club, a Golf Course Facility Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation, said: “We are delighted to provide the winner of the ANNIKA Invitational with a berth in the EFG Hong Kong Ladies Open. Helping to develop ladies’ golf in the region and providing a stage for rising junior talents to play alongside and compete with professionals are priorities of ours. We look forward to welcoming this year’s champion to our Old Course in May.”