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Five amateurs invited to the ANA Inspiration
U.S. Women's Amateur champ Gabriela Ruffels (USC photo)
U.S. Women's Amateur champ Gabriela Ruffels (USC photo)

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The ANA Inspiration, golf’s first major championship of the year, announced five amateur invites for the 2020 Championship which will see Rolex Rankings No. 1, Jin Young Ko defend her title at Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, Calif., on April 2 - 5, 2020.

"This is one of our favorite traditions at ANA Inspiration," said Shigeru Hattori, ANA Senior Vice President of the Americas. "The tradition is crucial to growing the sport and fostering the dreams of young female golfers around the world. We’re proud to help each amateur invitee’s dream take flight as they play with the ladies of the LPGA Tour this April."

The five amateurs invited by the LPGA are:

Gabriela Ruffels – World No. 17 ranked amateur and a junior at the University of Southern California, Ruffels is the reigning U.S. Women's Amateur and North and South Amateur champion. In her sophomore season, she earned second-team All-American and first-team All-Pac-12 honors.

Kaitlyn Papp – A junior at the University of Texas and 2019 WGCA First-Team All-American and 2018 Second-Team honoree, Papp was part of the winning U.S. Ping Junior Solheim Cup team in 2017 and is currently at No. 14 on the World Amateur Golf Ranking.

Olivia Mehaffey – A three-time All-American Senior at Arizona State University, Mehaffey represented Great Britain & Ireland in the battle for the 2019 Astor Trophy and helped lead the 2016 Great Britain & Ireland team to the Curtis Cup victory after going 3-1-1. She earned the Irish Women's Open Championship and the Welsh Ladies Open Stroke Play Championship in 2016. Mehaffey is ranked at No. 20 on the World Amateur Golf Ranking.

Angelina Ye – A member of the Chinese National Team Member, Ye is a freshman at Stanford, the 2019 U.S. Girls’ Junior Champion and runner-up in the 2019 AJGA Rolex Girls’ Invitational. She is ranked No. 26 on the World Amateur Golf Ranking.

Rose Zhang – Ranked No.1 on the ROLEX AJGA Rankings and No. 11 on the World Amateur Golf Ranking, Zhang won the ANA Junior Inspiration in 2018, qualifying for the 2018 ANA Inspiration, where she made the cut and finished a credible T60th. Due to graduate in 2021, she is verbally committed to Stanford.

The final amateur invitation spot will go to the winner of this year’s prestigious ANA Junior Inspiration, an AJGA sanctioned 54-hole invitational that takes place the weekend prior to the ANA Inspiration.

Zhang commented, “I am so happy to receive an invitation to play in the 2020 ANA Inspiration. I didn’t hesitate for a second as I really wanted to test my game with the professionals. My experience in the 2018 ANA Inspiration was absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to have a second chance after everything I learned when I played in 2018.”

ABOUT THE ANA Inspiration

First women's professional major of the year, the ANA Inspiration (formerly the Kraft Nabisco) Championship draws more than 100 of the best women professional golfers in the world, as well as the top-ranked amateurs in the country.

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