The ANA Junior Inspiration is an AJGA sanctioned 54-hole invitational that takes place the weekend before the ANA Inspiration. The winner of this event receives the final playing spot in the ANA Inspiration, the year’s first Major. The field is made up of 48 of the best juniors from around the world who qualify through the new ANA Priority Mileage Points system.
Participants play with some legendary former LPGA stars on the final day of competition, when they play 18 holes on the Dinah Shore Tournament Course. Many of these legends include former ANA Inspiration champions.
History of the ANA Junior Inspiration
The ANA Junior Inspiration features forty of the most talented junior golfers from around the world who will compete for the final starting spot in the LPGA’s first LPGA major of the season – ANA Inspiration.
In previous years, the ANA Junior Inspiration had extended invites only to female junior golfers from Southern California via a partnership with the Southern California Golf Association (SCGA). In 2016, the tournament was extended by adding invites to 10 female junior golfers from ANA’s North American gateway cities.
For the first time in its history in 2017, the ANA Junior Inspiration became an official American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Invitational based on AJGA Rankings points, which took place on March 24-26, 2017, at Mission Hills Country Club.
Entering only its eighth year, the ANA Junior Inspiration has produced some of the most inspiring stories.
About the AJGA
The American Junior Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. The AJGA provides valuable exposure for college golf scholarships, and has an annual junior membership (boys and girls, ages 12-19) of more than 6,600 members from 50 states and 55 foreign countries. Through initiatives like the Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant, a financial assistance program, and Leadership Links, a service-oriented platform that teaches juniors charitable-giving skills, the AJGA fosters the growth of golf’s next generation.
TaylorMade-adidas Golf became the AJGA’s National Sponsor in 2016 after more than 25 years of support. Rolex, which is in its fourth decade of AJGA sponsorship, became the inaugural AJGA Premier Partner in 2004. In 2017, adidas joined the AJGA as a Premier Partner, serving as the Official Apparel and Footwear of the AJGA.
AJGA alumni have risen to the top of amateur, collegiate and professional golf. Former AJGA juniors have compiled more than 830 victories on the PGA and LPGA Tours. AJGA alumni include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Sergio Garcia, Hunter Mahan, Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Justin Thomas, Stacy Lewis, Ariya Jutanugarn, Alison Lee, Lexi Thompson, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome, Cristie Kerr and Morgan Pressel.
2018 WINNER: ROSE ZHANG
ANA Inspiration Outcome: T60
2019 WINNER: CINDY KOU
2015 WINNER: HALEY MOORE
ANA Inspiration Outcome: T67
2016 WINNER: ANDREA LEE
ANA Inspiration Outcome: MC
2017 WINNER: LUCY LI
ANA Inspiration Outcome: T70
2014 WINNER: LILIA VU
ANA Inspiration Outcome: T46
2013 WINNER: ANGEL YIN
ANA Inspiration Outcome: T55
2012 WINNER: ALISON LEE
ANA Inspiration Outcome: MC