LPGA TOUR

WELCOME

On behalf of all the members of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), welcome to the 2017 ANA Inspiration. In 1950, 13 women founded the LPGA with the hope of giving the best female golfers a place to play, a chance to earn a living, and an opportunity to compete to see who was the world?s best. Just 67 years later, the LPGA has transformed into the world?s longest-running professional women?s sports league that reaches all corners of the globe: ? 34 Official Events played in 15 different countries ? More than 160 countries televise the LPGA each week, with more than 400 total hours of coverage in the United States alone ? The LPGA currently has players on Tour who are from more than 30 different countries ? Players will compete for $67.35 million in prize money in 2017 ? the most in LPGA history ? In 2016, golf returned to the Olympic Games for the first time in 100 years and the game will again be on the world stage in Japan at the 2020 Olympics ? In Summer 2017, the 12 best American players will battle the 12 best European players at the 15th staging of the Solheim Cup in Des Moines, Iowa Simply put, you will be watching the best female athletes on the planet competing this week. You will be amazed by the talent and the poise of our players on the golf course, and you?ll also see that they are gracious, friendly, and approachable. Additionally, you should know that these great athletes choose to ?pay it forward? and contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars to our LPGA- USGA Girls Golf program nationwide, helping more than 60,000 young girls per year enter this great game. The stars of the LPGA are truly committed to leaving the game better than they found it and they are excited to have you join us in that mission. We want to extend a special thank you to ANA for helping to make this week?s event possible and to the city of Rancho Mirage for hosting us and treating our players and staff as one of your own. We?d also like to give a HUGE THANK YOU to the tournament staff and volunteers for all the hard work and dedication they have put towards the success of this week?s event. To our fans, THANK YOU for supporting the LPGA and women?s golf. Have a great week, and remember to follow the LPGA on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and our website to stay up to date on all happenings on our Tour. Sincerely, Michael Whan LPGA Fan and Commissioner 6 | ANA INSPIRATION OFFICIAL PROGRAM

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