All Nippon Airways (ANA) Takes Flight as Title Sponsor of LPGA’s “ANA Inspiration”

Japan’s Leading Airline Becomes Title Sponsor of the First Major of the LPGA Season & Official Airline of the LPGA

Naples, Florida, November 18, 2014 – The LPGA and IMG jointly announced today that All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s leading airline, will serve as title sponsor of the first major of the LPGA season. The newly-named ANA INSPIRATION will be held March 30th – April 5th, 2015, and will continue to be played at Mission Hills Country club in Rancho Mirage, California, home of the event since 1972.

ANA, which operates 72 international routes and 13 daily flights between North America and Japan, was also named the Official Airline of the LPGA.

The announcement ensures a bright future for the historic tournament, where the winner annually jumps into Poppie’s Pond next to the 18th green before donning the Champion’s robe. The long-term agreement between the LPGA, IMG and ANA begins in 2015 with an increase in the tournament purse to $2.5 million. Additional increases are scheduled over the first four years enabling the total purse to reach $3 million.

“This is a landmark occasion for ALL Nippon Airways and demonstrates our commitment to explore new horizons and strengthen our longstanding connection between key markets of Japan and North America,” said Yuji Hirako, Senior Vice President of the Americans, ANA. “In partnering with the LPGA and one of the most important major championships in all of golf we are embarking on a new journey that has the potential to inspire golfers worldwide. Together ANA and the LPGA can see that leaderboards are becoming truly global which creates exciting new opportunities that both organizations are ready to seize.”

ANA will unveil activities surrounding the major championship’s theme of inspiration leading up to the tournament in 2015.

While the event will take on a new name, the historic and tradition of the LPGA’s first major of the season will remain, ANA, the LPGA and IMG are committed to celebrating the tournament’s heritage as players will continue to compete for the Dinah Shore Trophy on the Dinah Shore Championship course at Mission Hills.

Six past champions of the event, which became a major in 1983, were in attendance at today’s press conference at the CME Group Tour Championship, where the LPGA’s 2015 Tournament Schedule featuring 33 tournaments was also announced.

“This partnership not only elevates one of the game’s greatest championships but also ensures that a major LPGA tradition will continue to grow and reach new heights,” said LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan. “We are excited to welcome ANA to the LPGA family and grateful for their vision. Because of ANA, future generations of golfers all over the world can dream of competing at this spectacular venue with hopes of a leap into the same pond that has welcomed some of the greatest players in history.”

In July, the LPGA and IMG entered into a joint venture to seek sponsorship for the tournament after Kraft Nabisco announced its departure following 33 years as title partner. IMG began operating the tournament in 2012 and will continue to do so moving forward.

“Today’s announcement signals a new era for one of the LPGA’s most iconic tournaments,” said Kevin Hopkins, IMG’s Executive Director of the ANA INSPIRATION. “At IMG, we are proud to support the LPGA in Asia, Europe, and the U.S. and we look forward to delivering golf’s first major with our partner, ANA.”

In addition to operating the ANA INSPIRATION, IMG also produces the RICOH Women’s British Open, the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic and seven LPGA tournaments in Asia.

The traditional winner’s leap into Poppies Pond will remain intact with the ANA INSPIRATION returning to Mission Hills Country Club, which boasts the longest continuous run of any LPGA tournament at a single venue.

“We are proud to continue our long tradition of hosting the LPGA’s first major when the ANA INSPIRATION debuts at Mission Hills Country Club in 2015,” said Garret Kriske, General Manager at MHCC. “Our famed Tournament Course has been the stage for historic moments and great champions, and our membership is ecstatic that this legacy and tradition will continue inspiring young women to add their name to the Dinah Shore Trophy.”

Media Contacts:

Kelly Thesier, LPGA:; (386 )274-6200

Mike Scanlan, IMG Golf:; (216) 522-1200

Jean Saito, ANA:; (310) 782-3178

Southern California PGA named 2014 PGA of American Herb Graffis Recipient



Ontario, California – For a record 12th time, the Southern California PGA Section (SCPGA) is the recipient of the Herb Graffis Award for extraordinary and exemplary contributions by a Section to grow the game of golf. Led by Section President Jeff Johnson and PGA Past President  Tom Addis III, who serves as Section Executive Director and CEO, the Southern California PGA Section has hosted one of the largest and most successful youth golf programs in the country for six decades. The Section reaches more than 2,500 participants and conducts nearly 300 tournaments annually for players of various ability levels.

The Section’s “Neighborhood Golf” program brings the game to more than 1 million people annually across Southern California, including diverse populations that may not otherwise have been exposed to golf. The new “Golf in Schools” initiative, which reached six schools during its first year, will bring the game to 50 schools this fall, impacting nearly 1,000 students. To foster player development, the Section conducts numerous other growth-of-the-game programs year-round, such as: Get Golf Ready; PGA Junior League Golf; Drive, Chip & Putt Championship; Play Golf America Days; Play with the Professional; Girls Clinics; Golf Schools; Special Olympics; Adopt-a-Junior and the SCPGA Junior Tour including the popular JDL, Junior Development League.

“Before the beginning of the 20th century, Herb Graffis was destined to realize the importance of sharing enthusiasm for the game of golf. Among his storied list of accomplishments was the publication of a remarkable book which chronicled the history of the PGA of America. The Southern Californian Section of the PGA of America and its Members are so grateful to be acknowledged for having some future design on his great love and the game we all treasure. This award is, and will always be, the product of remarkable staff members, enthusiastic and single minded professionals and their dedication and commitment to helping people young and old to realize the great gift the game of golf might provide. On behalf of those dedicated colleagues and servants to the game, we say thanks for the light shining brightly on us, while shining on all PGA Golf Professionals that serve this great game while helping it evolve.” – Jeff Johnson, Southern California PGA President

The Southern California PGA will be presented this prestigious award at the 98th PGA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis on November 20th.


Golf Course Snacks

The 10 Worst Things to Eat or Drink on the Golf Course

Here’s a list of common foods you should avoid during your round of golf.

  1. Hot Dogs – High in sodium and saturated fat
  2. Sports Drinks – High in sodium, chemicals and sugar
  3. Most Nutrition Bars – Loaded with sugar and chemical additives
  4. Granola Bars – Contains over 12 grams of sugar
  5. Pretzels – Enriched flour product
  6. French Fries – Saturated fat and high salt content
  7. Beer – A sedative, a diuretic and can impair coordination
  8. Bagel Breakfast Sandwich – Simply, the bagel
  9. Bowl of Cereal – Refined carbohydrates
  10. Soda/Fruit Juice – Artificial sweeteners

What to have instead (alternatives).

  1. Natural beef jerky or a bowl of chili
  2. Drink water and eat a banana
  3. Peanut butter on whole wheat bread or an apple
  4. A bag of nuts, sunflower seeds and chopped fruit (not dried)
  5. Carrot sticks
  6. Small side salad
  7. Drink water (beer for after the round)
  8. Simply eggs
  9. Greek yogurt, and egg and some grapes
  10. If you want some fizz, go with sparkling water or low sodium club soda

The North-South State Team Championship

State Team 2013The Women’s Golf Association of California (WGAC), comprised of the Women’s Golf Association of Northern California and the Women’s Southern California Golf Association, will host the 2014 North-South State Team Championship at San Luis Obispo Country Club on Sunday, July 27th, with tee times beginning at 11:30 a.m.

The Team Matches began approximately 30 years ago as a precursor to the WGAC State Championship, a five day match play event held alternately on North and South member courses and hosted by the corresponding Association.

As participation in the State Championship itself dwindled over the years, the two hosting organizations felt it was no longer feasible to hold the tournament, but there was an interest in preserving the Team Matches. After a two-year hiatus in 2008 and 2009, WGANC and WSCGA voted to reinstate the North-South team matches and renamed the event the State Team Championship.

The configuration for the matches has remained relatively consistent over the years; six players from the North (WGANC) and six players from the South (WSCGA) are selected on the basis of criteria from each Association. There are three matches with two players from each Association forming a side against two players from the opposing Association. Players on Teams 1 and 2 are arranged by index. Two of the six players must be seniors and play in the third match regardless of handicap index.

The format for the matches is four ball on holes 1-6, modified scotch on hole 7-12 and two-person scramble on holes 13-18. A point is awarded to the team winning each format and also for the most hole points over the 18 holes. Twelve points are available overall.

Each match is closely followed by assigned WGANC and WSCGA Directors/Staff who are responsible for officiating and for the official scoring.

While the archives do not go back the entire 30 years, a perpetual trophy was associated with the matches beginning in 1998. Since that time the North has won five times and the South has won nine times.

Defending the title for the South in 2014 will be:

Joan Higgins – Glendora Country Club

Colette Rosenberg – Riviera Country Club

Kathy Kurata – Friendly Hills Country Club

Leslie Wilk – Las Posas Country Club

Robyn Puckett – Shady Canyon Country Club

Angela Collins – Oakmont Country Club

Corey Weworski – La Costa Country Club (Team Captain & Alternate)

Gallery is welcome and encouraged to attend Sunday, July 27th, San Luis Obispo Country Club beginning at 11:30 a.m.

WSCGA hopes to see you out there rooting for the South team!



4th of July Dessert Recipe

Brownie and Fruit Kabobsstrawberries-brownies-kebobs

The perfect way to add red, white and blue to your party menu.

Here’s what you will need:

  • Brownies
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Marshmallows
  • Skewers
  • Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup (optional)


Bake a plan of brownies and cool them completely. Although, it is best to make the brownies the night before you make the kabobs. You can also buy brownie bites at the bakery if you are short on time.

Cut the brownies into bite sized squares – 2-3″ squares work best.

Get a bunch of skewers and start putting the fruit kabobs together.

In any order you desire, put a brownie square on the kabob, follow with a marshmallow, strawberry and one or two blueberries.

Repeat until you fill the skewer.

(Optional) Once the skewers are complete, you can drizzle Hershey chocolate syrup for an extra sweet taste. :)


19th California Women’s Championship Soon to Begin

cwc_logo 2013The California Women’s Championship will soon take place at Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. The world-class Ojai Country Club was one of the first great golf courses in Southern California. Designed and originally built in 1923 by George C. Thomas and Billy Bell, have also designed famous courses in SoCal like Riviera, Bel-Air and Los Angeles Country Club. These designers had a mission when building Ojai, “That the average golfer could enjoy their round without too great a penalty, and that a test must be afforded requiring the low-handicap to play fine golf in order to secure pars.”

Starting on July 14th, approximately 100 California female amateur golfers will begin their 54-hole stroke play journey. These female golfers must have a USGA Handicap Index of 10.7 or below to qualify into the tournament. Ojai Valley will be a great test for these female amateur golfers.

The history for the California Women’s State Championship started in January of 1994 at the USGA Annual Meeting. It was felt that a State Championship would provide “A True Women’s Champion” from the state of California. In 1995, five of the Women’s Golf Associations in California, consisted of the Pacific Women’s Golf Association, San Diego County Women’s Golf Association, Women’s Golf Association of Northern California, Women’s Public Links Golf Association and Women’s Southern California Golf Association, began orchestrating the Championship. Money to sponsor the tournament was and continues to be provided by three of these associations (PWGA, WGANC and WSCGA) with two representatives from each forming the CWC committee. The dream became a reality in July of 1996 with the first Championship held at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California.

Last year, Kaitlin Park of Tustin was crowned the California Women’s Champion.2013 CWC Winner

California Senior Women’s Amateur Championship — Round One Recap

Poppy HillsPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (May 19, 2014) — The 36th annual California Senior Women’s Amateur Championship is underway at the newly renovated Poppy Hills Golf Course. The 76 player field enjoyed moderate temperatures and light breezes.

Seven-time past champion, Marianne Towersey of Pebble Beach rebounded from a rocky front nine, carding 4 birdies on the back nine for a 3-under-par 33 and a 76 total. Towersey is tied for the lead with Lynne Cowan of Rocklin (38-38), the four-time California Women’s Amateur Champion.

Towersey commented, “I love Poppy Hills and it’s exciting to experience the new course in its infancy. The greens are smooth but hard to gauge at this point. It’s an exciting track. A lot can happen tomorrow.”

The 2005 USGA Women’s Mid-Amateur Champion, Corey Weworski, of Carlsbad, finished tied for third with a 78 then dashed off for a late afternoon tee time at Pebble Beach. Sally Krueger, the 10-time San Francisco City Champion also shot a 78 and will round out the lead foursome.

Stacey Camara of Windosr, who recently entered the senior ranks, shot a 79 and sits tied for 4th with Juvy Timan of Watsonville and Judy Miller of Tucson, Arizona.

There is a tie in the Super Senior Division between Sharon Marshall of Lafayette and Marion Roberts of San Luis Obispo at 86.

Open to women age 50 and over, the Senior Women’s event is one of three tournaments hosted by the California Women’s Amateur Championship Committee. The California Junior Girls’ will be played at Monterey Peninsula Country Club in late June and the California Women’s Amateur will be at Quail Lodge in early August. Visit for more information.

The final round of the 36-hole event will commence Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Full field scores below:

2014 CWAC-Scores Round 1


2015 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship

The Southern California PGA is looking for volunteers to assist with 2015 qualifying, set to take place this coming summer June – September.

The 2014 Drive, Chip and Putt Championship is officially in the books with three Southern California representatives taking home first place at Augusta National Golf Club! The Drive, Chip and Putt Championship is a growth of the game initiative presented by the PGA of America, the United States Golf Association and the Masters Tournament Foundation that is expected to experience tremendous growth in 2014 and beyond. More than 50,000 participants are expected to tee it up this summer at 256 host sites across all 50 states.

The WSCGA will be assisting in seeking out volunteer’s for this year’s Drive, Chip and Putt qualifying. Below is the scheduled of events and the areas where we would greatly appreciate your assistance.

Drive, Chip & Putt Volunteer Info Sheet

If you would like to volunteer your time this summer, please contact Matt Gilson:

2014 Desert Event

???????????????????????????????The Women’s Southern California Golf Association hosted its 56th Annual Desert Event. Every year, 360 women have an opportunity to play in a two-day partner event using the best ball format. This year, the women played at Woodhaven Country Club, Shadow Hills Golf Club and Indian Ridge Country Club. The players were divided into three flights based on current USGA Index. Following the conclusion of play, there was a luncheon where prizes were awarded.

This event gives women an opportunity to play with other members from other member clubs. The WSCGA looks forward to hosting this event each year. Thank you to all who participated in this annual event and the WSCGA hopes to see you next year.

2015 Desert Event will be held at the following clubs:

Palm Valley Country Club
Avondale Country Club
Mission Hills Country Club.

Visit the WSCGA Facebook page to view photos taken during the Desert Event.



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