Brooke Seay captures the ANNIKA Invitational in a Playoff
Brooke Seay (L) poses with Annika Sorenstam (R) <br>(AJGA Photo)
Brooke Seay (L) poses with Annika Sorenstam (R)
(AJGA Photo)

REUNION, FL (February 20, 2017) -- Brooke Seay of Rancho Santa Fe, California, used a hot start and an incredible finish to earn her first Invitational win at Reunion Resort on the second playoff hole. Seay sunk a 30-foot birdie putt to top Sweden’s Amanda Linner on No. 18 on the Watson Course.

The Girls Invitational is hosted by LPGA Legend and World Golf Hall of Fame member Annika Sorenstam and provides girls with an opportunity to experience “More Than Golf” activities including a Welcome Luau, Winning Approach Seminar, and Annika’s Clinic Presented by Rolex.

Seay began her day with three straight birdies and held the lead for most of the day before Linner’s finish to match her 6-under-par 210. Linner finished eagle-birdie to set a new tournament and course record at 8-under-par 64. The girls then entered the playoff, where each parred the first hole before Seay’s long birdie.

Seay is a 16-year-old at Francis Parker School and earned Rolex Junior All-America honors for the first time in 2016. She previously had one AJGA win under her belt at the 2016 Tathata Golf Junior All-Star Championship.

Linner, a 16-year-old from Onsala, Sweden, was competing in her first AJGA event. Linner tallied eight birdies and an eagle during her round to advance from T18 after the second round.

Ya Chun Chang of Taiwan, carded three birdies on the back nine to finish solo third, while Elizabeth Wang of San Marino, California, took fourth place at 4-under-par 212.

Six players finished in a tie for fifth at 2-under-par 214: Rose Zhang of Irvine, California, Sabrina Iqbal of San Jose, California, Virginia Green of Fairhope, Alabama, Addie Baggarly of Jonesborough, Tennessee, Emilie Alba Paltrinieri of Milan, Italy, and Rachel Heck of Memphis, Tennessee.

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Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the ANNIKA Invitational is a 54-hole stroke play competition featuring 72 girls, ages 14-18.

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