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Zanusso appointed ambassador for the ANNIKA development program in Old Barnwell
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Zanusso appointed ambassador for the ANNIKA development program in Old Barnwell

ORLANDO, FL – Graduated student Anna Zanusso was announced as a member of the 2024 class of ambassadors for the ANNIKA Development Program at the Old Barnwell Club in Aiken, S.C., the ANNIKA Foundation announced Friday.

“Being chosen as an ambassador for the ANNIKA Foundation Development Program in Old Barnwell is truly remarkable,” Zanusso said. “Being selected is not only an honor, but also gives me the opportunity to give back to the foundation for all the support and opportunities it has provided me. I am excited to share their passion for golf globally and can’t wait to See what we achieve together results as I begin my professional career.”

Announced in 2022, the program furthers the foundation’s mission to provide women with opportunities to excel in both golf and life by offering a select group of emerging golfers who have exhausted their NCAA qualifying criteria the opportunity to continue their pursuit to put. of a professional golf career.

“We are excited to welcome this next group of ambassadors to our development program,” said Annika Sörenstam, founder of the ANNIKA Foundation. “They not only have the talent needed to play against the best in the world, but also the character and maturity to become exceptional leaders and role models for future generations.”

Zanusso was a five-year starter for the Pioneers from 2019-2024. She is a four-time All-Summit League First Team member, two-time Summit League Golfer of the Year and three-time WGCA All-American Scholar. The native of Castelfranco Veneto, Italy, holds the program record in Denver and ties the NCAA record for lowest single round after shooting a 61 in the second round of the Westbrook Invitational in 2019. During her impressive collegiate career Zanusso finished in ninth place at the 2021 NCAA Championship – the highest ever for a Summit League golfer at the NCAA Championship, and won the 2022 Summit League individual title.

Through the program, each ambassador will have access to practice and play at Old Barnwell, while also receiving training from the professional staff. They also receive housing for the first year of the program and a $10,000 stipend per year to cover tournament costs and travel. Annika will act as a mentor to each of the women throughout their time in the development program.

As part of their residency, the program ambassadors will play and interact with club members and participate in an ANNIKA Foundation “Share My Passion” clinic for young girls.

Each year, four young women are selected to participate. These individuals must have recently graduated from a four-year university in the US. A selection committee examines the candidates and then conducts interviews with the finalists.

For more information about the ANNIKA Development Program, visit annikafoundation.org/annikadevelopmentprogram.

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