Congratulations to Casey Grice, the inaugural recipient of the ANNIKA Academy Elite Athlete Award, for earning conditional status on the LPGA Tour for 2015. Grice finished LPGA Tour Qualifying School last week at four-under-par, tied for 18th place, and was in a seven-player playoff for the final three fully-exempt spots.
In January, the ANNIKA Academy became the Official Elite Golf-Training Academy for the Symetra Tour. This year, Symetra Tour players had the opportunity to take part in seven professional development sessions delivered by the ANNIKA Academy team. They focused on various aspects of Annika’s “Winning Approach” including fitness, nutrition, the golf swing, mental training and more.
Grice participated in all seven ANNIKA Academy development sessions. Exhibiting the same “Winning Approach” philosophy Annika used during her playing days, she enjoyed a strong rookie season with two top-10 finishes and 14 cuts made in 19 events. Grice finished the season 24th on the Volvik Race for the Card money list.
“Learning from the best has been an awesome experience and getting 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. She was one of my favorite players growing up; I loved following her (Annika) and getting to know her game. To be here and on the same stage as her to accept the award is surreal.”
“Casey enthusiastically attended each development session while also playing well in her rookie year on the Symetra Tour,” said Annika. “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.”
Good luck next year Casey, from your friends at the ANNIKA Academy!
The ANNIKA Academy is once again offering 20% off select golf programs, sets of individual lessons, and Callaway club fittings. Purchases made now through December 31 will receive the 20% discount, and can be redeemed at any time* in the future. Take advantage of this once a year sale to save up to $1850 on our incredible Soren-Slam program that includes a clinic, lunch and 9-holes with Annika on top of incredible golf instruction, or lock in a great rate on a set of six individual lessons with one of our ANNIKA Academy Instructors*, including Charlotta Sorenstam. Looking to get fitted for new clubs? This is the perfect time to lock in the savings, and get a fitting at the ANNIKA Academy – one of only 16 Callaway Performance Centers in the country.
For the fourth year in a row, Annika is excited to play in the Callaway Pebble Beach Invitational. This event is one of the few that Annika has played repeatedly since she stepped away from competitive golf at the end of the 2008 season.. With the stunning Pebble Beach courses as the venue, her longtime partner, Callaway Golf as the sponsor, her husband Mike on her bag, and her parents there, this is one of the more special weeks of the year for Annika.
The 43rd annual tournament will be played November 18th to 23rd , but the fun begins for Annika and Mike on Monday, November 17th, when they fly to beautiful Lake Tahoe. There they will enjoy their new home until Wednesday afternoon, when they fly to Pebble Beach to join Annika’s parents. Annika and Mike will stay at The Inn at Spanish Bay and look forward to enjoying a glass of wine with friends at the fire pits, overlooking the Links at Spanish Bay and the Pacific Ocean while the Bagpipers play. That setting is truly one of the best in golf. .
Wednesday evening, they will stop by the tournament’s opening reception at the Beach and Tennis Club before joining Callaway guests at the Lodge at Pebble Beach for dinner. These are always amazing affairs with elegant ambiance, great company, and fantastic food and drinks.
On Thursday, November 20th, play begins with 80 professionals paired with a four amateurs. It’s the only tournament in the world that brings together men and women professional golfers from the PGA, LPGA, Champions, and Web.com Tours.
This unique aspect and of course the venue are two of the biggest draws for participants, who will play for a piece of the $300,000 purse, $60,000 of which goes to the winner. The amateurs have a separate competition.
The tournament consists of three rounds held on Del Monte Golf Course, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, and Pebble Beach Golf Links. Annika will play Del Monte on Thursday; she’ll play with a different group at Spyglass Hill on Friday. Friday’s play is followed by a reception and dinner at The Beach and Tennis Club for Callaway guests. Then she’ll play the third round at Pebble Beach on Saturday. Saturday night, Annika and Mike will attend Callaway’s awards party for their invited guests, and then go to the tournament’s famous “Cut Party” at Spanish Bay where Annika’s parents will be sure to light up the dance floor!
After the cut Saturday, the low 40 professionals and ties and top-10 amateur teams participate in the final round at Pebble Beach on Sunday.. Kevin Kisner won the 2013 Callaway Invitational, while Tommy Gainey won in 2012. Annika has made the cut every year and we’re hoping she will come out on top this year!
When Annika tees it up this week, she will rely on her carefully honed warm-up and pre-shot routines just as much as her swings. Her warm-up routine used to last exactly an hour and fifteen minutes, but has shortened to just under an hour these days. Annika starts by hitting a few putts to get a feel for the speed of the greens and then she will hit a few short pitches and some greenside bunker shots. Before going to the range, she will jump rope or do some jumping jacks to get the blood pumping. Then she’ll loosen up by hitting some little wedges while focusing on her tempo. As she progresses to her mid-irons and beyond, she will be sure to connect the upper and lower body with her core. Crossing the legs during practice swings is a good drill for amateurs working on this process.
Annika’s pre-shot routine lasts 22 to 25 seconds, with only the last 4 to 5 seconds devoted to setting up and swinging. It begins in the “think box,” where she evaluates the lie, yardage, wind, and any other variables before choosing a club. Once she commits to the club and shot, she takes a practice swing and visualizes the shot she ‘s about to play. Next she steps over into her “play box,” positions herself over the ball, and hits the shot with resolve.
We invite you to find more golf tips from Annika and all sorts of other helpful information by exploring our blog and the rest of our website. Thanks for visiting, and good luck!
Current Status: Amateur
Hometown: Monterrey, Mexico
ANNIKA Academy Elite since October 2013
Recent Tournament Results:
High school: Windermere Prep School
College: Rollins College in 2015
Field of Study: International Busines
Favorite Class: Economics
Hobbies & Interests: Jiu-Jitsu, Exercising
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