Major Champions, Past Champions and World's Top-Ranked Players Headline Strongest Field in Tournament History

Major Champions, Past Champions and World's Top-Ranked Players Headline Strongest Field in Tournament History

Nine of the Top-10 and 17 of the Top-25 in the World Entered; Strongest Field in Tournament’s Four-Year History

 

2023 Epson Tour Player of the Year Gabriela Ruffels and Wake Forest All-American Rachel Kuehn Join ANNIKA Intercollegiate Winner Louise Rydqvist at Sponsor Exemptions

 

Tickets on Sale at www.TheANNIKA.com

 

BELLEAIR, Fla., Nov. 2, 2023 – Entries are now closed for the 2023 ANNIKA driven by Gainbridge at Pelican, with the tournament boasting the strongest field in its four-year history when 120 of the world’s best professional golfers converge upon Tampa Bay and Pelican Golf Club, Nov. 8-12.

 

Nine of the top-10 and 17 of the top-25 players in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings are committed to the championship, including World No. 1 Ruoning Yin, Lilia Vu (2), Celine Boutier (3), Jin Young Ko (4), two-time defending champion and Bradenton resident Nelly Korda (5), Minjee Lee (6), Charley Hull (8), Atthaya Thitikul (9), Lydia Ko (10), Allisen Corpuz (11), Brooke Henderson (13), Megan Khang (14), Linn Grant (16), Leona Maguire (18), Georgia Hall (19), Ashleigh Buhai (21) and Ayaka Furue (22).

 

Major champions Paula Creamer and Pernilla Lindberg headline the latest commitments to the championship prior to entries closing on Wednesday. 2023 Epson Tour Player of the Year Gabriela Ruffels and Wake Forest All-American fifth-year senior Rachel Kuehn will join 2023 ANNIKA Intercollegiate winner and South Carolina junior Louise Rydqvist as tournament sponsor exemptions.

 

The penultimate event of the 2023 LPGA Tour season and hosted by World Golf and LPGA Hall-of-Famer Annika Sorenstam, The ANNIKA will take place at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Fla., where the field will compete for a share of the elevated $3.25 million purse, the largest purse in 2023 outside of major championships and the CME Group Tour Championship.

 

In total, the 120-player field features:

- Eight players who have been ranked No. 1 in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings

- 23 major champions, including the winners of all five majors in 2023

- 19 players who competed in this year’s Solheim Cup (plus U.S. captain Stacy Lewis)

- All 12 players from Team Europe

- Nine players from the U.S. Team

- 17 winners during the 2023 LPGA Tour season

- 55 alums of the Annika Foundation

- Three past winners of the ANNIKA Award presented by Stifel

- The top-three players in the Rolex Player of the Year Race

 

The final two spots will be determined on Monday via the Monday Qualifier at TPC Tampa Bay.

 

Tickets are on sale for The ANNIKA, including exclusive hospitality and general admissions tickets offering a wide degree of entertainment and access. Tickets are available for purchase exclusively at www.TheAnnika.com. All 2023 tickets will be digital and will be emailed after purchase. Tickets can be viewed on either a mobile device or printed out where they will be scanned at the main gate.

 

2023 The ANNIKA Ticket Options: There are three ticket options for fans interested in attending:

 

Daily Grounds:

 

Wednesday, Nov. 8 (Pro-Am): $25.

Thursday, Nov. 9: $40.

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 10-11: $45 per day.

Sunday, Nov. 12: $50.

 

Weekly Grounds:

 

Wednesday-Sunday, Nov. 8-12: $140.

 

Lightning Lounge:

 

Offered in partnership with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Lightning Lounge provides a shared-hospitality experience at the tournament’s signature par-3 12th hole. The Lightning Lounge includes complimentary food and beverages, TV’s, private bathrooms and parking.

 

Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 9-12: $225 per day.

Weekly (Thursday-Sunday): $800.

 

All military (active, reserve, retired and veterans) plus one will receive complimentary admission by showing proper identification at Admissions in exchange for a daily grounds pass. Military and their plus one also will have access to the Hero Outpost, an exclusive covered viewing deck on the par-3 12th hole with complimentary snacks and beverages. Children 17-and-under will be admitted free with a paid adult.

 

Nelly Korda is the two-time defending champion of The ANNIKA driven by Gainbridge at Pelican (formerly the Pelican Women’s Championship). She defeated Lexi Thompson by one stroke at 14-under par, solidifying her comeback in 2022 after missing four months early in the year due to injury. The win also elevated Korda back to World No. 1. In 2021, Korda defeated Thompson, Lydia Ko and 2020 champion Sei Young Kim via a one-hole playoff. The Pelican Women’s Championship made its debut in 2020, with Kim capturing the inaugural title.

 

For more information on The ANNIKA driven by Gainbridge at Pelican, visit www.TheAnnika.com and on social media: @TheAnnikaLPGA on Twitter, @TheAnnikaLPGA on Instagram and The Annika driven by Gainbridge at Pelican on Facebook.

 

About The ANNIKA driven by Gainbridge at Pelican

The Annika driven by Gainbridge at Pelican is the LPGA’s annual tournament in the Tampa Bay region and features the world’s best female golfers competing over four rounds for a share of the $3.25 million purse, the largest purse on the LPGA Tour outside of major championships and the season-ending event. The tournament is contested at the Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Fla., a Donald Ross original design and Beau Welling redesign that offers world-class amenities and an unmatched golf experience. The sole namesake event on the LPGA Tour, Annika Sorenstam serves as tournament host with proceeds benefiting the ANNIKA Foundation. The championship is operated by Outlyr, a global sports, event management and lifestyle marketing agency. For more information on The ANNIKA driven by Gainbridge at Pelican, visit www.TheAnnika.com.

 

About ANNIKA

In 2008, Annika stepped away from professional golf and created the ANNIKA Foundation, which currently hosts six global tournaments for junior girls with over 600 girls from 60 different countries competing annually. The Foundation also hosts the ANNIKA Intercollegiate presented by 3M, a premiere event on the NCAA Division I women’s golf fall schedule featuring 12 of the top DI schools in the country. New this year, a member of the winning team will earn an exemption to compete in The Annika driven by Gainbridge at Pelican.

 

Annika, the ANNIKA Foundation and the Haskins Foundation annually recognize the NCAA Division I women’s golf player of the year via the ANNIKA Award. Stanford’s Rose Zhang was named the back-to-back Annika Award winner for 2023.

 

In 2014 the LPGA, in partnership with Rolex, the Rolex ANNIKA Major Award was established to recognize the player who, during a current LPGA Tour season, has the most outstanding record in all five major championships.  In 2020, Annika was elected the President of the International Golf Federation which oversees golf in the Olympic Games.  In 2021, Annika became the first female golfer to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 

About Gainbridge®

Founded in 2018, Gainbridge® is an insurtech subsidiary of Group 1001 that empowers consumers to take control of their financial future with solutions that are accessible to everyone no matter their budget or financial knowledge. Its platform provides access to financial products that are simple, intuitive, and backed by smart technology with no complexity or hidden fees. Gainbridge® is headquartered in Zionsville, Indianapolis. For more information, visit www.gainbridge.io or follow and connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn. 

 

About Group 1001

Group 1001 Insurance Holdings, LLC ("Group 1001") is a technology-driven financial services company with a mission to empower customers, employees, and communities by making innovative products accessible to everyone. Group 1001 strives to demystify how insurance and annuity products are purchased today by leveraging technology to provide intuitive financial solutions for all Americans. As part of its mission, Group 1001 invests in strategic partnerships to connect with and transform communities through education and sports. As of June 30, 2023, Group 1001 had combined assets under management of approximately $60.9 billion and comprises the following brands: Delaware Life, Gainbridge®, Clear Spring Health, Clear Spring Property and Casualty Group, and Clear Spring Life.

 

About the LPGA

The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) is the world’s premier women’s professional golf organization. Created in 1950 by 13 pioneering female Founders, the LPGA, whose members now represent over 60 countries, is the longest-standing professional women’s sports organization. Through the LPGA Tour, the Epson Tour, a joint venture with the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA Professionals, the LPGA provides female professionals the opportunity to pursue their dreams in the game of golf at the highest level. In addition to its professional tours and teaching accreditation programs, the LPGA features a fully integrated Foundation, which offers best-in-class programming for female golfers through its junior golf programming and LPGA Amateurs chapters, tournaments and membership. LPGA aims to use its unique platform to inspire, transform and advance opportunities for girls and women, on and off the golf course.

Follow the LPGA online at www.LPGA.com and on its mobile apps. Join the social conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

 

About the LPGA Tour

The LPGA Tour is the world’s leading competitive destination for the best female professional golfers in the world. The Tour hosts more than 30 annual events across 12 countries and regions for over 200 Active Players, awarding total prize funds exceeding $100 million and reaching television audiences in more than 220 countries. Follow the LPGA Tour on its U.S. television home, Golf Channel.

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November 2, 2023
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