DURHAM, N.C. – The ANNIKA Foundation has announced 10 of the 12 teams that have committed to compete in the 2018 ANNIKA Intercollegiate presented by 3M, which will take place Sept. 16-19 at the Royal Golf Club in Lake Elmo, Minn.
Along with the Blue Devils, Arkansas, UCLA, Alabama, Stanford, South Carolina, Texas, Oklahoma State, Southern California and Minnesota will compete.
The final two teams will be named later this year, with berths reserved for the 2018 Division I women’s national champion and the school of the winner of the 2018 ANNIKA Award presented by 3M. The ANNIKA Award is annually presented to the most outstanding female collegiate golfer as voted on by peers, coaches and media.
“In year five, the ANNIKA Intercollegiate presented by 3M will welcome its strongest field to date,” commented Annika Sorenstam, who won the 1991 individual national championship as a freshman at Arizona. “We’re excited to host this impressive collection of talent at a new venue in the Twin Cities, Royal Golf Club.
Scheduled to open later this year, Royal Golf Club features a front nine (or The Queen’s Nine) designed by Annika, and a back nine (or The King’s Nine) designed by Arnold Palmer. It is Annika’s first U.S. project and, sadly, Mr. Palmer’s last. Rolling hills, mature trees and abundant wildlife provide a scenic backdrop for what promises to be an exceptional new home for the event.