Ruixin “Rachel” Liu
Current Status: Amateur
Hometown: Dalian, China (Orlando, Fl)
Tournament Top Finishes:
Favorite Subject in School: Physical Science
Favorite College: Stanford
Ideal Job: LPGA Tour Player
Favorite Place to Visit: Evian, France
Place She’d Most Like to Visit: Maldives
The Symetra Tour, the Road to the LPGA, in conjunction with the ANNIKA Academy is excited to announce that Tour rookie Casey Grice (College Station, Tx.) is the recipient of the first Symetra Tour ANNIKA Academy Elite Athlete Award. Grice best demonstrated the same “Winning Approach” philosophy, which Annika Sorenstam used during her playing days.
“To learn from the best has been an awesome experience and get her view on how she basically dominated the LPGA was great because that is what we are all striving to do,” said Grice, after accepting her award. “The knowledge we learned through the holistic approach she talks about has been priceless.”
Sorenstam, who founded the academy in 2007, presented Grice with the ANNIKA Academy Elite Athlete Award during the pairings party at Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday in advance of the Symetra Tour Championship presented by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
“Casey enthusiastically attended each development session while also playing well in her rookie year on the Symetra Tour,” said Annika Sorenstam. “She has embraced the “Winning Approach” we teach at the ANNIKA Academy and therefore we are excited to present her with the ANNIKA Academy Elite Athlete Award.” Read more →
Congratulations Morgan Beaulieu! Morgan is one of David Wheeler’s students at the ANNIKA Academy and is part of our US Jr. National Team program.
“Morgan was awarded #1 chipper in the state of Florida during the Drive Chip and Putt sub regionals contest for the girls 10 – 11 age group on Saturday at Reunion. From 45 feet she put 1 ball within 15 inches of the cup and 2 others within 6 inches earning her the top score. Morgan works hard on her game while away from the academy and on the techniques she’s been taught by Dave Wheeler. We appreciate all of your hard work in helping her achieve this honor and look forward to continued success. Thank you!! ”
What to expect at the launch event:
Each player will be required to go through a series of skills assessments and based on performance will be eligible to participate in the Future Stars and Pre-Elite programs that will be hosted at The ANNIKA Academy. The assessments will include:
Qualifying players will have demonstrated the ability to achieve benchmarks as established by the USA Jr National Team and will be eligible to participate in the following programs:
About the USA Junior National Golf Team
The USA Junior National Golf Team is an integrated golf development program for juniors of all ages and abilities. USA Junior National Golf Team programs are available at select Certified Training Centers throughout the United States. Leveraging best practices of golf federations around the globe, the comprehensive curriculum provides consistent and structured golf training for juniors through five programs: Developmental I, Developmental II, Future Stars, Pre-Elite, and Elite. Future Stars, Pre-Elite, and Elite Team members compete regionally and nationally. Elite team members also compete internationally. To learn more about the USA Junior National Golf Team and programs, visit www.usajrgolf.com.
All qualifying players that choose to participate will receive the following FREE items: a USA Jr National Team Golf bag, cap, golf balls and USA Jr National Team golf tees.
For additional information and to register for this USA Jr National Team Qualifying event please call
407-662-4653 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or register online via the form provided below.
Iconic Courses of Southwest Ireland to Host Destination Golf Experiences
(ORLANDO, Fla.) – The ANNIKA Academy – Hall-of-Fame golfer Annika Sorenstam’s boutique golf instruction and fitness school – announces Destination Golf Experiences will be held in Ireland in 2014.
For the second-consecutive year the Academy has organized an Ireland itinerary in partnership with Celtic Golf (www.celticgolf.com), one of the world’s leading golf-tour operators. From October 13-17, the team will visit the iconic golf clubs of Ballybunion, Dooks, Killarney, Tralee and Waterville. On-course instruction from the Academy team will be tailored to mastering the nuances of links golf.
The program is $4,950 per person (based on single occupancy). It includes six nights’ accommodations at the five-star Killarney Park Hotel (www.killarneyparkhotel.ie), ground transportation, greens fees, instruction and full Irish breakfast daily. Roundtrip airfare to Shannon International Airport (SNN) is not included.
“Feedback from last year’s Ireland experience was exceptional, so we’re excited to once again offer an opportunity to play some of the world’s greatest links courses,” says Mike Pryor, Director of Golf at the ANNIKA Academy. “The team members leading instruction have played links golf for decades and will expertly relay techniques crucial to enjoying the seaside game.”
The ANNIKA Academy will also host two U.S.-based Destination Golf Experiences in 2014: Lake Tahoe (July 16-19) and The Greenbrier Resort (August 28-31).
For more information about these events and other ANNIKA Academy programming: www.theannikaacademy.com, TheTeam@TheAnnikaAcademy.com, 888.266.4522.
For more information about Celtic Golf: www.celticgolf.com, email@example.com, 800.535.6148.
For more information about Evian Resort: www.evianresort.com, +33 (0) 4 50 26 50 50.
About Celtic Golf
Celtic Golf is a business run by the Quinlan Family – Americans with deep Irish roots who are passionate about creating memorable golf vacations to Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales as well as many destinations in Europe. Jerry and Josephine Quinlan and co-founders Peg and Jack Quinlan have been delighting golf travelers for over twenty years. Whether you’re a pro or an avid weekend golfer – an individual, a family or a large group – we’ll help you plan the trip of a lifetime.