Who’d have thought that Rancho Mirage would ever be known for its water? But in March, water is a primary ingredient in golf history as golf lovers and sports fans are treated to one of professional golf’s most-prestigious and highly-anticipated events, the ANA Inspiration Championship at Mission Hills Country Club. With the promise of “Instant History, Just Add Water” golf’s FIRST major brings the finest women’s golfers on the planet to the desert for an event that houses some of golf’s most storied and unique traditions. The “instant history” comes by way of the elite female golfers, who catapult their careers to new heights by capturing this highly coveted LPGA major championship. The “water” comes by way of Poppie’s Pond, historically located adjacent to Mission Hill’s 18th green and the site of one of golf’s most anticipated annual traditions – the victory plunge, taken by each Championship winner in their moment of glory. After the champion’s leap, only then does the major champion earn the right to wear the white robe that adorns the victor’s shoulders.
The ANA Inspiration is golf’s first major and one of the LPGA Tour’s most prestigious events. Previously known as the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the tournament was founded in 1972 by David Foster and Dinah Shore and earned the designation as a major championship in 1983. Contested at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., since its inception, the ANA Inspiration holds the distinction of being the second oldest golf tournament continuously held at the same course. For many, the event is most distinguished by one of golf’s most beloved traditions: the champion’s leap into Poppie’s Pond, located adjacent to the 18th green. In 1988, the first champion’s leap into Poppie’s Pond was taken by Amy Alcott, and since has become one of the most anticipated and memorable traditions in golf. For more information on the ANA Inspiration, please visit ANAinspiration.com or call 760-834-8872. On social media, visit facebook.com/ANAinspiration, twitter.com/ANAinspiration or instagram.com/ANAinspiration.
ANA Inspiration past champions listed by decade with winning score:
2019 – Jin Young Ko (278)
2018 – Pernilla Lindberg (273)
2017 – So Yeon Ryu (274)
2016 – Lydia Ko (276)
2015 – Brittany Lincicome (279)
2014 – Lexi Thompson (274)
2013 – Inbee Park (273)
2012 – Sun Young Yoo (279)
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