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Magazines | Sports 2017-03-17 14:53:33
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    TABLE OF CONTENTS Welcome Letters 4 Osamu Shinobe, Chief Executive Officer and President, All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. 6 Mike Whan, Commissioner, LPGA 8 Grant Slack, SVP, Global Head of Golf Events, IMG Of Interest 26 Players Profiles 55 Mission Hills Country Club: Hole by Hole 74 Course Map 76 Volunteer Chairmen 77 Staff Listings 78 Corporate Sponsors 80 Media Partners Features 10 Unflappable Lydia The world’s best female golfer claimed her first ANA Inspiration in style last year. 12 Flying Into the Future The ANA Junior Inspiration has become one of the premier events for junior girls. 18 All Nippon Airways Blue Wing Program The airline’s program was developed to support entrepreneurs around the world known as Changemakers. 20 International Route Map Follow some of this week’s biggest stars at the ANA Inspiration to their homelands. 22 Security Without Stress NEC’s facial regognition technology helps balance security with convenience. 24 In Memoriam: Dave Johnson The longtime director of golf operations at Mission Hills Country Club will be missed by all. ANA INSPIRATION OFFICIAL PROGRAM | 1

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    WELCOME TO THE CITY OF RANCHO MIRAGE HOME OF THE ANA INSPIRATION, THE PLAYGROUND OF PRESIDENTS & GOLF FANS FROM AROUND THE WORLD Heart of the Palm Springs Valley RelaxRanchoMirage.com

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    ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS WELCOME On behalf of All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan’s leading airline, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the 2017 ANA Inspiration. In our third year as the Official Airline of the LPGA and primary sponsor for the ANA Inspiration, we are proud to host golf’s first major of the year. The historic grounds at Mission Hills Country Club, beautiful weather in Rancho Mirage, impeccable performance from LPGA players and energetic fans inspire us every year. This past year, ANA celebrated a number of achievements and milestones. On February 15, 2017, ANA launched direct flights between Tokyo’s Narita Airport and Mexico City, becoming the first airline to operate direct flights daily between Japan and Mexico. Passengers aboard this flight get to experience our Boeing Dreamliner 787-8, which offers the ultimate comfort for a long flight. In addition, ANA has received SKYTRAX awards for the “World’s Best Airport Services” and “Best Airline Staff in Asia”. We are proud that the Star Alliance Lounge located in the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which ANA is a part of, has been voted “Best Alliance Lounge” for the second year in a row. Today, ANA operates a modern fleet of 257 aircraft and offers 114 weekly flights from 11 North American gateways. ANA presents the most convenient trans-Pacific connections between North America, Japan and every major city in Asia. A big focus for ANA in 2016 last year was upgrading the ANA Junior Inspiration to include junior female golfers across North America. Deeply inspired by all of the young talent we saw from the 2016 ANA Junior Inspiration, ANA decided to further upgrade the tournament by partnering with the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA). The ANA Junior Inspiration is now an official AJGA invitational that featured a stellar and diverse field of elite female junior golfers from around the world. We take seriously our responsibility in fostering the next generation of women’s golf and therefore, wanted to create an inspiring junior event. No other major in the world of golf provides such an opportunity to the next generation of players and ANA is proud to be the pioneer. This week, ANA brought back its second annual ANA Inspiring Women in Sports Conference that featured some of the LPGA’s finest alongside other standout female athletes. Topics such as health and wellness, mindfulness to society and the evolution of the female executive were among the many topics discussed. ANA featured its Blue Wing program and a couple of its Changemakers, who are addressing the challenges of society and driving real change in the world. Whether it’s connecting people across the world with financial services or training local residents in developing countries on how to build safe homes and schools, our Changemakers are tackling the world’s problems in their own unique ways. We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the LPGA and Commissioner Whan for sharing in our vision of celebrating Inspired Journeys. The LPGA is a global tour that is helping female golfers worldwide realize their dreams of playing on a big international stage and we applaud their efforts. We would also like to thank IMG for their support in helping us achieve our vision of making the ANA Inspiration a first-class event. Lastly, we send our thanks to the tournament staff, volunteers, players and fans, all of whom will make ANA’s third year in Rancho Mirage one to remember. Domo arigato, Osamu Shinobe Chief Executive Officer and President, All Nippon Airways Co, Ltd. 4 | ANA INSPIRATION OFFICIAL PROGRAM

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    LPGA TOUR WELCOME On behalf of all the members of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), welcome to the 2017 ANA Inspiration. In 1950, 13 women founded the LPGA with the hope of giving the best female golfers a place to play, a chance to earn a living, and an opportunity to compete to see who was the world’s best. Just 67 years later, the LPGA has transformed into the world’s longest-running professional women’s sports league that reaches all corners of the globe: • 34 Official Events played in 15 different countries • More than 160 countries televise the LPGA each week, with more than 400 total hours of coverage in the United States alone • The LPGA currently has players on Tour who are from more than 30 different countries • Players will compete for $67.35 million in prize money in 2017 – the most in LPGA history • In 2016, golf returned to the Olympic Games for the first time in 100 years and the game will again be on the world stage in Japan at the 2020 Olympics • In Summer 2017, the 12 best American players will battle the 12 best European players at the 15th staging of the Solheim Cup in Des Moines, Iowa Simply put, you will be watching the best female athletes on the planet competing this week. You will be amazed by the talent and the poise of our players on the golf course, and you’ll also see that they are gracious, friendly, and approachable. Additionally, you should know that these great athletes choose to “pay it forward” and contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars to our LPGA- USGA Girls Golf program nationwide, helping more than 60,000 young girls per year enter this great game. The stars of the LPGA are truly committed to leaving the game better than they found it and they are excited to have you join us in that mission. We want to extend a special thank you to ANA for helping to make this week’s event possible and to the city of Rancho Mirage for hosting us and treating our players and staff as one of your own. We’d also like to give a HUGE THANK YOU to the tournament staff and volunteers for all the hard work and dedication they have put towards the success of this week’s event. To our fans, THANK YOU for supporting the LPGA and women’s golf. Have a great week, and remember to follow the LPGA on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and our website to stay up to date on all happenings on our Tour. Sincerely, Michael Whan LPGA Fan and Commissioner 6 | ANA INSPIRATION OFFICIAL PROGRAM

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    IMG WELCOME On behalf of IMG, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the ANA Inspiration. Year after year, this event produces compelling golf with the jump into Poppie’s Pond signalling the arrival of the first major champion of the season. At IMG, we are proud to partner with the LPGA to produce one of the most iconic events on the Tour schedule. All of the LPGA’s stars are gathered in the Desert this week including Rolex Rankings No. 1 Lydia Ko, who returns as our defending champion. This year’s tournament is once again about more than golf as the ANA Inspiring Women in Sports Conference will bring some of the most iconic female athletes in history to town for conversations about inspiration, success and women’s sport. With such a star-studded group gathered this week in Rancho Mirage, the 2017 edition of the ANA Inspiration promises to be an excellent week as we watch this field compete across the Dinah Shore Tournament Course at Mission Hills Country Club. Our thanks go to All Nippon Airways (ANA) for its generous support of the LPGA’s first major and also to the tournament staff and many volunteers who help the event run efficiently. Have a fantastic week watching the stars of the LPGA! Grant Slack SVP, Global Head of Golf Events, IMG 8 | ANA INSPIRATION OFFICIAL PROGRAM

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