The ANA Inspiration (formerly known most recently as the Kraft Nabisco Championship, and still sometimes referred to as the Dinah Shore) is one of the five major championships of professional women's golf. An event of the LPGA Tour, it is held yearly at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California.
|Location||Rancho Mirage, California|
|Established||1972, 47 years ago|
1983 (major championship)
|Course(s)||Mission Hills Country Club|
Dinah Shore Tourn. Course
|Length||6,769 yards (6,190 m)|
|Organized by||IMG / All Nippon Airways|
|Format||Stroke play - 72 holes|
|Prize fund||$2.8 million|
|Aggregate||269 Dottie Pepper (1999)|
|To par||−19 Dottie Pepper (1999)|
|2018 ANA Inspiration|
Currently, in the United States, it is the only one of the five women's major golf tournaments not to have broadcast network exposure on the weekend; all four rounds are currently televised by the Golf Channel cable television network.
Founded in 1972 by Colgate-Palmolive chairman David Foster, and entertainer Dinah Shore, the tournament has been classified as a major since 1983. Since its inception, it has been held annually at the Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California, southeast of Palm Springs. It is the first major of the year, usually played in late March or early April. All Nippon Airways became the title sponsor in late 2014, and IMG manages and operates the event for ANA.
At its debut in 1972 as a 54-hole event, it was the richest event in women's golf; its purse was more than double that of the LPGA Championship or the U.S. Women's Open. The first edition invited all winners of tour events from the previous ten seasons.
|1972–1980||Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner's Circle|
|1982||Nabisco Dinah Shore Invitational|
|1983–1999||Nabisco Dinah Shore|
|2002–2014||Kraft Nabisco Championship|
- Informally, it is commonly referred to as "the Dinah Shore,"
even though her name was removed from the official title in 2000.
The winner's trophy bears Shore's name.
Since 1988, the winner traditionally celebrates her victory by jumping in the pond surrounding the 18th green. The pond is known as Champions Lake or "Poppie's Pond" as it was dubbed in 2006 honor of Terry Wilcox, the tournament director from 1994 through 2008; Wilcox is known as "Poppie" to his grandchildren.
Amy Alcott started the practice 31 years ago in 1988 to celebrate her second win here, and repeated in 1991, including tournament host Dinah Shore. It was not embraced by others until 1994, when Donna Andrews made the leap, followed by Nanci Bowen the next year, and it became an annual tradition. In 1998, winner Pat Hurst waded in only up to her knees, as she could not swim.
Originally a very natural water hazard, the portion near the bridge it is now lined with concrete and has treated water, more like a swimming pool.
Lesbian tourist destinationEdit
The tournament has become a popular tourist destination for some lesbians and bisexual women, drawing thousands of lesbian spectators each year to the golf events and associated parties. It has been referred to as "spring break for lesbians."
|2018||Mar 29 – Apr 2 ^||Pernilla Lindberg||Sweden||65-67-70-71||273||−15||Playoff||2,800,000||420,000|
|2017||Mar 30 – Apr 2||Ryu So-yeon||South Korea||68-69-69-68||274||−14||Playoff||2,700,000||405,000|
|2016||Mar 31 – Apr 3||Lydia Ko||New Zealand||70-68-69-69||276||−12||1 stroke||2,600,000||390,000|
|2015||Apr 2–5||Brittany Lincicome (2)||United States||72-68-70-69||279||−9||Playoff||2,500,000||375,000|
|2014||Apr 3–6||Lexi Thompson||United States||73-64-69-68||274||−14||3 strokes||2,000,000||300,000|
|2013||Apr 4–7||Inbee Park||South Korea||70-67-67-69||273||−15||4 strokes||2,000,000||300,000|
|2012||Mar 29 – Apr 1||Sun-Young Yoo||South Korea||69-69-72-69||279||−9||Playoff||2,000,000||300,000|
|2011||Mar 31 – Apr 3||Stacy Lewis||United States||66-69-71-69||275||−13||3 strokes||2,000,000||300,000|
|2010||Apr 1–4||Yani Tseng||Taiwan||69-71-67-68||275||−13||1 stroke||2,000,000||300,000|
|2009||Apr 2–5||Brittany Lincicome||United States||66-74-70-69||279||−9||1 stroke||2,000,000||300,000|
|2008||Apr 3–6||Lorena Ochoa||Mexico||68-71-71-67||277||−11||5 strokes||2,000,000||300,000|
|2007||Mar 29 – Apr 1||Morgan Pressel||United States||74-72-70-69||285||−3||1 stroke||2,000,000||300,000|
|2006||Mar 30 – Apr 2||Karrie Webb (2)||Australia||70-68-76-65||279||−9||Playoff||1,800,000||270,000|
|2005||Mar 24–27||Annika Sörenstam (3)||Sweden||70-69-66-68||273||−15||8 strokes||1,800,000||270,000|
|2004||Mar 25–28||Grace Park||South Korea||72-69-67-69||277||−11||1 stroke||1,600,000||240,000|
|2003||Mar 27–30||Patricia Meunier-Lebouc||France||70-68-70-73||281||−7||1 stroke||1,600,000||240,000|
|2002||Mar 28–31||Annika Sörenstam (2)||Sweden||70-71-71-68||280||−8||1 stroke||1,500,000||225,000|
|2001||Mar 22–25||Annika Sörenstam||Sweden||72-70-70-69||281||−7||3 strokes||1,500,000||225,000|
|2000||Mar 23–26||Karrie Webb||Australia||67-70-67-70||274||−14||10 strokes||1,250,000||187,500|
|1999||Mar 25–28||Dottie Pepper (2)||United States||70-66-67-66||269||−19||6 strokes||1,000,000||150,000|
|1998||Mar 26–29||Pat Hurst||United States||68-72-70-71||281||−7||1 stroke||1,000,000||150,000|
|1997||Mar 27–30||Betsy King (3)||United States||71-67-67-71||276||−12||2 strokes||900,000||135,000|
|1996||Mar 28–31||Patty Sheehan||United States||71-72-67-71||281||−7||1 stroke||900,000||135,000|
|1995||Mar 23–26||Nanci Bowen||United States||69-75-71-70||285||−3||1 stroke||850,000||127,500|
|1994||Mar 24–27||Donna Andrews||United States||70-69-67-70||276||−12||2 strokes||700,000||105,000|
|1993||Mar 25–28||Helen Alfredsson||Sweden||69-71-72-72||284||−4||2 strokes||700,000||105,000|
|1992||Mar 26–29||Dottie Mochrie||United States||69-71-70-69||279||−9||Playoff||700,000||105,000|
|1991||Mar 28–31||Amy Alcott (3)||United States||67-70-68-68||273||−15||8 strokes||600,000||90,000|
|1990||Mar 29 – Apr 1||Betsy King (2)||United States||69-70-69-75||283||−5||2 strokes||600,000||90,000|
|1989||Mar 30 – Apr 2||Juli Inkster (2)||United States||66-69-73-71||279||−9||5 strokes||500,000||80,000|
|1988||Mar 31 – Apr 3||Amy Alcott (2)||United States||71-66-66-71||274||−14||2 strokes||500,000||80,000|
|1987||Apr 2–5||Betsy King||United States||68-75-72-68||283||−5||Playoff||500,000||80,000|
|1986||Apr 3–6||Pat Bradley||United States||68-72-69-71||280||−8||2 strokes||430,000||75,000|
|1985||Apr 4–7||Alice Miller||United States||70-68-70-67||275||−13||3 strokes||400,000||55,000|
|1984||Apr 5–8||Juli Inkster||United States||70-73-69-68||280||−8||Playoff||400,000||55,000|
|1983||Mar 31 – Apr 3||Amy Alcott||United States||70-70-70-72||282||−6||2 strokes||400,000||55,000|
^ Play extended one day due to darkness.
Note: Green highlight indicates scoring records.
Winners as a non-majorEdit
|1982||Sally Little||South Africa||76-67-71-64||278||−10||3 strokes||300,000||45,000|
|1981||Nancy Lopez||United States||71-73-69-64||277||−11||2 strokes||250,000||37,500|
|1980||Donna Caponi||United States||71-67-66-71||275||−13||2 strokes||250,000||37,500|
|1979||Sandra Post (2)||Canada||68-70-68-70||276||−12||1 stroke||250,000||37,500|
|1977||Kathy Whitworth||United States||76-70-72-71||289||+1||1 stroke||240,000||36,000|
|1976||Judy Rankin||United States||74-72-71-68||285||−3||3 strokes||185,000||32,000|
|1975||Sandra Palmer||United States||70-70-70-73||283||−5||1 stroke||180,000||32,000|
|1974||Jo Ann Prentice||United States||71-71-74-73||289||+1||Playoff||179,000||32,000|
|1973||Mickey Wright||United States||71-74-71-68||284||−4||2 strokes||135,000||25,000|
|1972||Jane Blalock||United States||71-70-72||213||−3||3 strokes||110,000||20,050|
Multiple winners of the event as a major championship.
|Amy Alcott||United States||3||1983, 1988, 1991|
|Betsy King||United States||3||1987, 1990, 1997|
|Annika Sörenstam ‡||Sweden||3||2001, 2002, 2005|
|Juli Inkster ‡||United States||2||1984, 1989|
|Dottie Pepper||United States||2||1992, 1999|
|Karrie Webb ‡||Australia||2||2000, 2006|
|Brittany Lincicome||United States||2||2009, 2015|
|Grand Slam winners ‡|
Champions by nationalityEdit
Major titles in this event, by nationality.
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