At the age of 24, Rolex Ranked #26 Yani Tseng is flexing her superstar power to reach junior golfers! Tseng, who turned professional in 2007, has compiled quite a resume over the past 6 years. She’s earned 26 professional victories in LPGA and international events and 52 top-10 LPGA tournament finishes. Her major victories include the Kraft Nabisco Championship (2010), the LPGA Championship (2008, 2011) and the RICOH Women’s British Open (2010, 2011). She was named the LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 2008 and earned LPGA Tour Player of the Year honors in 2010 and 2011. Before joining the LPGA Tour, Tseng was the No. 1-ranked amateur golfer in Taiwan from 2004-2006.
Now Tseng is adding a new dimension to her professional career. She’s joined with the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) and the Taiwan-based Swinging Skirts Golf Foundation to host the Yani Tseng Invitational presented by Swinging Skirts from 2014-2016 in Southern California. The premier of this American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) invitational will be held from June 30 – July 3, 2014, and will feature 72 of the top female junior golfers from around the world including 18 of the top international players.
For me to host such a prestigious AJGA invitational in Southern California, where I played much of my junior golf, makes it extra special. I’m excited to partner with the Swinging Skirts to open a door for international junior golfers to compete at the highest level.
The Swinging Skirts Golf Foundation is a non-profit organization based out of Taiwan whose members, male and female alike, compete in a skirt or kilt and help grow the game internationally. In addition to staging the Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters (Taiwan Ladies Professional Golf Association and the Korea Ladies Professional Golf Tour co-sanctioned event), the Swinging Skirts Golf Foundation has conducted the “Dream-chasing Cup” throughout northern, central and southern Taiwan to help lay the foundation for Taiwanese junior golfers to make it to the international stage.
Annual proceeds from the tournament will be used to endow a Yani Tseng Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Grant, as well as other local charities. The goal of the AJGA’s ACE Grant program is to give top-flight golf opportunities to young golfers regardless of financial resources.
Thanks, Yani, for growing the game!