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Buenos Aires welcomes girls event

Top Junior Girls from 18 Latin American and Caribbean Countries to Compete Oct. 11-14

(ORLANDO, Fla.) The ANNIKA Foundation – golf Hall-of-Famer Annika Sorenstam’s charitable organization – is bringing the ANNIKA Invitational Latin America back to Buenos Aires’s Hurlingham Club.

Created in partnership with The R&A, and co-hosted by the Argentine Golf Association, the 2017 ANNIKA Invitational Latin America will take place Oct. 11-14. 

It will feature nearly 50 of the region’s top junior girls representing 18 different countries. They will compete for World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) points, with the winner receiving an exemption into the 2018 South American Amateur Championship, to be held in Santiago, Chile. The top-three finishers will also receive an exemption into either the 2018 ANNIKA Invitational USA or ANNIKA Invitational Europe

Defending ANNIKA Invitational Latin America champion, Agustina Gomez Cisterna of Argentina, headlines the strong field.

“We’re very excited to bring the ANNIKA Invitational Latin America back to Argentina, a country with a rich golf history” says Annika, who will be onsite for the event. “Our team believes Latin America holds great promise for future growth, and that the event is a perfect platform for us to reach the region’s best junior golfers.”

Annika’s schedule for the week includes a clinic for competitors during which she’ll share her “Winning Approach” philosophy, a gala dinner and an awards presentation. 

The 2017 ANNIKA Invitational Latin America is the final event on the ANNIKA Foundation’s global circuit of tournaments. Other invitationals for junior girls are the ANNIKA Invitational USA, ANNIKA Invitational Mission Hills (China) and ANNIKA Invitational Europe. 

The Foundation also annually hosts the ANNIKA Cup, a team event for Swedish juniors, and the ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M, a women’s college golf tournament co-founded with Golfweek and just completed last week in Minnesota. It also bestows the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M to the nation's most outstanding Division I female golfer. 

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About The R&A

Based in St. Andrews, The R&A organizes The Open Championship, major amateur events and international matches. Together with the United States Golf Association, The R&A governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The R&A’s working jurisdiction is global, excluding the United States and Mexico.

The R&A is committed to working for golf and supports the growth of the game internationally and the development and management of sustainable golf facilities. The R&A operates with the consent of 149 organizations from the amateur and professional game and on behalf of over 30 million golfers in 135 countries.

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About the ANNIKA Foundation

Annika created the ANNIKA Foundation ( to help 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 five major golf events for aspiring junior girls: the AJGA ANNIKA Invitational in Orlando, Fla.; ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills in China; ANNIKA Invitational Europe and ANNIKA Cup in Sweden; and, in association with The R&A, the ANNIKA Invitational Latin America in Argentina. In 2013, the Foundation’s 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, endowing an AJGA ACE Grant, ANNIKA Junior Day and scholarships for aspiring Swedish juniors are other important initiatives.


Stephen Reynolds