This week, the best women in golf are set to compete at Scotland’s famed Muirfield Golf Club for the 2022 AIG Women’s Open. Forty-six ANNIKA alumnae are represented in the field for the final major of the year.
Of the 46 former and current ANNIKA players, four are amateurs. Our 2022 ANNIKA Award presented by Stifel winner Rose Zhang will compete after making the cut at the Amundi Evian Championship a few weeks ago. Fellow amateur Valery Plata is also playing in Scotland this week. The Colombian won the inaugural Women’s Amateur Latin America last fall to receive an invitation to this week’s event. LSU senior Ingrid Lindblad is competing in her second major championship of the year after capturing low amateur honors at the U.S. Women’s Open. Ranked No. 2 in the WAGR, Lindblad was an ANNIKA Award finalist this year. Lastly, the 2022 Augusta National Women’s Amateur champion, Anna Davis, will play in the final major of the year. After finishing runner-up in January at the Hilton Grand Vacations ANNIKA Invitational presented by Rolex, she had an exciting spring season as she won at Augusta and then played in three LPGA events, including two majors. It will be an incredible week for all four of these amateurs to test their skills on the ancient Scottish links.
Joining Rose Zhang in the field as past winners of the ANNIKA Award are Alison Lee (2014), Bronte Law (2016) and Leona Maguire (2015 & 2017).
Some professional alumnae to watch this week include World No. 3 Nelly Korda, who’ll look to take home her second major title at the AIG Women’s Open. While she hasn’t collected any wins this year, she has notched five top-10 finishes. Ayaka Furue competed in our ANNIKA Invitational USA event in 2015 and just won her first LPGA title last week at the Trust Golf Scottish Women’s Open. She looks to keep the momentum going this week and continue her successful run of links golf. Sweden’s Linn Grant is also in the field. She has had an exceptional year so far, highlighted by her win at Scandinavian Mixed hosted by Henrik and Annika to become the first female winner in DP World Tour history. Just a few weeks ago, she finished T8 at the Amundi Evian Championship. Lastly, LPGA rookie alum Sophia Schubert is coming off a career-best performance at the Evian, fighting back on the final day to finish solo second.
Other ANNIKA alumnae who will be competing this week in Scotland are Pia Babnik, Celine Boutier, Allisen Corpuz, Olivia Cowan, Gemma Dryburgh, Leonie Harm, Esther Henseleit, Alice Hewson, Cheyenne Knight, Jessica Korda, Stephanie Kyriacou, Andrea Lee, Gaby Lopez, Nanna Koerstz Madsen, Stephanie Meadow, Morgane Metraux, Yealimi Noh, Annie Park, Emily Kristine Pedersen, Ana Paleaz Trivino, Madelene Sagstrom, Yuka Saso, Sarah Schmelzel, Maja Stark, Lauren Stephenson, Emma Talley, Patty Tavatanakit, Albane Valenzuela, Lilia Vu, Lindsey Wright, Angel Yin, Nicole Broch Estrup, Janie Jackson, Jennifer Chang and Aditi Ashok.
We wish the best of luck to all our former ANNIKA competitors playing this week and will be cheering everyone on from this side of the pond!