A Visual Journey Through The Annika Tournament Photos in 2023
As we wind down from the excitement of The Annika Tournament, held at the Pelican Golf Club from November 9-12, 2023, it’s time to step back and truly appreciate the efforts that made this event so special. Senior Golf Source is proud to present a unique photo gallery that captures the essence of both the Pro-Am and The Annika Tournament.
Our photos showcase not only the skill and dedication of players like Lilia Vu, but also the hard work and commitment of the volunteers and staff behind the scenes. Join us in celebrating these moments.
Here’s Why Everyone’s Talking About LPGA The Pelican Winner, Lilia Vu
In the world of women’s golf, new heroes are constantly emerging, but few shine as brightly as Lilia Vu. This 26-year-old powerhouse from Fountain Valley, California, took the LPGA by storm at The Annika Tournament.
- Impressive Winning Streak: 2023 has been Vu’s year! She not only won The Annika Tournament but also clinched victories at the Honda LPGA Thailand, The Chevron Championship, and the AIG Women’s Open.
- Rocketing to the Top: With her latest win, Vu is expected to jump to the coveted No. 1 spot in the Rolex Women’s World Golf rankings. Talk about a meteoric rise!
- Big Earnings: Vu’s victory at The Annika adds a whopping $487,500 to her season earnings, crossing the $4 million mark in her career.
- A Season of Firsts: This year, Vu became the first American to win two major championships in a single season since 1999, and the second American to win the prestigious Rolex Annika Major Award.
The Annika – A Legacy of Champions
The Annika Tournament, named after the legendary golfer Annika Sörenstam, has been a stage for some of the most talented players in women’s golf. Prior to Vu’s remarkable victory, the tournament was won by other notable champions. Sei Young Kim and Nelly Korda previously etched their names in its history, with Korda triumphing in consecutive years, 2021 and 2022, showcasing the high caliber of competition the golf tournament attracts.
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Vu’s journey is more than just about wins and losses. It’s a story of relentless pursuit and breaking barriers. She’s now part of an elite group who have won multiple majors and played in the Solheim Cup in the same season, a feat last achieved by the legendary Annika Sorenstam in 2005.
The Vu Effect
With a caddie like Cole Pensanti by her side and an ever-growing list of achievements, Lilia Vu isn’t just a player to watch; she’s a force to be reckoned with. Pensanti also had prior Major success when he was on the bag for Danielle Kang at the Women’s PGA Championship in 2017.
Spotlight on Pelican Golf Club
The Annika Tournament’s stage, Pelican Golf Club, is a masterpiece in itself. Located in the charming small town of Belleair, it’s just a short drive from Tampa or St Petersburg. Known for its meticulous and pristine conditions, the Donald Ross designed course is no doubt challenging with its steep bunkers and strategically placed water hazards. The Pelican Golf Club, with its elegant layout and top-notch facilities, has become a favorite among players especially women golfers.
Final Thoughts on The Annika Tournament
As we wrap up The Annika Tournament at the Pelican Golf Club, it’s all the little details that leave the biggest impression. Every aspect of the event, from the flawless greens to the seamless organization, reflected a deep care and respect for the game. The hard work of the volunteers and staff didn’t go unnoticed. It’s the team work – on and off the golf course that makes the difference.