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    MISSION HILLS COUNTRY CLUB: An Unparalleled PRIVATE CLUB EXPERIENCE Renowned across the country for its prestigious tradition of world-class golf, MISSION HILLS COUNTRY CLUB IS THE AREA’S PREMIER PRIVATE CLUB. Home to the Dinah Shore Tournament Course which hosts golf’s first Major each year, the ANA Inspiration! Introducing an exciting NEW MEMBERSHIP OFFER! Ask about our preferred Initiation Fees and new Young Executive and Executive Golf Memberships for those under 55. * Become a Mission Hills Member and enjoy: • Multimillion-dollar reinvention, including the addition of new dining areas and wine lockers, improvements to the business amenities and more • Three private championship, 18-hole golf courses and the deserts largest practice facility. • 33 tennis courts, 10 of the finest grass tennis lawns in the country and 10 award-winning croquet lawns and pickleball • 17,000-square-foot sports club with group exercise classes • Delicious handcrafted cuisine and fun-filled social activities • Membership categories for every interest, including full golf, young executive golf, sport and social • 50% off à la carte dining at your Home Club plus access to ClubCorp’s nationwide Network of more than 300 owned, operated and alliance clubs across the country through Mission Hills ONE (Optimal Network Experiences) * Contact John or Debra in the membership office to learn more today! 760.324.9400 | missionhills.com | 34-600 Mission Hills Drive | Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 * Offer expires December 31, 2017. Loyalty agreement may be required and early resignation fees may apply. O.N.E. program and corresponding benefits subject to certain restrictions and exclusions. Other restrictions and exclusions apply. Contact the Club for details. © ClubCorp USA, Inc. All rights reserved. 34225 0317 BH

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    2016 TOURNAMENT RECAP UNFLAPPABLE LYDIA THE WORLD’S BEST FEMALE GOLFER CLAIMED HER FIRST ANA INSPIRATION IN STYLE LAST YEAR BY BETH ANN NICHOLS Lydia Ko is a pro’s pro. Funny, warm and unflappable, the World No. 1 thanked ANA officials in Japanese at the trophy presentation last year on the 18th green. At a mere 18 years, 11 months and 10 days, Ko embodied the definition of a champion for young players around the world. The humble and still-soaked Ko gave her formal press conference in socks and left the press tent clutching a hotdog. “She’s one of the most amazing players I’ve ever seen,” said Hall of Famer Judy Rankin. “And I’ve only been seeing her since she was 15.” Ko’s youthful success on a global stage is unprecedented. Nothing fazes her. Not fame, not fortune, not the Sunday circus of a major. “I think it’s because she’s so normal at home,” said older sister Sura, her road manager, confidant and best friend. Ko stuffed a sand wedge to 1 foot on the 72nd hole at the 2016 ANA Inspiration to make birdie and book her ticket into Poppie’s Pond. After Ariya Jutanugarn held the lead for most of the back nine, Ko benefitted from an untimely collapse. Jutanugarn, who led by two with three to play, bogeyed Nos. 16 and 17 and then snap-hooked her drive off the 18th tee into the water. She bogeyed that hole, too. It was a shocking turn of events. Ko, the youngest player to do everything, became the youngest in LPGA history to win two majors. “I don’t feel like I am special, that I’m better than anybody else,” she said. “To me, I’m just trying to enjoy playing on the tour that I’ve always dreamt of playing amongst these amazing girls.” Ko believes fun is underrated. Enjoyment, she says, is at the heart of her success. While Ko’s approach into the 18th green will be a tournament highlight for years to come, it was her putting down the stretch that kept her alive. Ko’s caddie, Jason Hamilton, told her she owed him $10 each time she left a birdie putt short. Lucky she didn’t have the problem on the par putts. Ko knocked in a 16-foot par save on the 11th hole, a 15-footer on the 13th, and 8-foot par putts on Nos. 16 and 17. Coming up the 72nd hole, Ko’s drive landed on a slight downhill lie. She had 202 yards to the front of the green and Hamilton advised her to lay up. “It was going to come out low and leak right,” said Hamilton, who was getting updates from Golf Channel reporter Karen Stupples on what was going on in the group behind. To avoid disaster, Ko laid up to 87 yards so that she could hit a sand wedge with spin. They drew it up, and Ko executed the shot to perfection. “That last shot was legend,” said Graham Hough, a Kiwi who traveled from Auckland with his wife and 10 more New Zealand fans. When asked how Ko was impacting golf in their native country, Jan Hough said: “All the children know about golf now.” The victory made it a dozen LPGA titles for Ko, 39th on the all-time list. She had been the No. 1 player for 24 consecutive weeks. And she suddenly became the secondyoungest winner of this event, exactly one month older than Morgan Pressel when she won in 2007. “The only person I can really compare her to is Annika in that she’s so strategic,” said Stupples. Ko isn’t as long as Sorenstam, Stupples said, but she’s a better putter. Stupples then pointed out all the bombers on the leaderboard Sunday – Lexi Thompson, Michelle Wie, Charley Hull and Jutanugarn. “Lydia’s style of golf beat them all at the end of the day,” she said. ANA INSPIRATION OFFICIAL PROGRAM | 11

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    2017 ANA JUNIOR INSPIRATION FLYING INTO THE FUTURE THE ANA JUNIOR INSPIRATION HAS BECOME ONE OF THE PREMIER EVENTS FOR JUNIOR GIRLS BY ADAM SCHUPAK As a high school junior in 2012, Alison Lee played alongside LPGA Hall of Famer Kathy Whitworth when she won the inaugural ANA Junior Inspiration and earned a sponsor exemption into the season’s first major. “I just remember being so happy. I had my best friend who is like a sister caddie for me, and we had a ball that week,” said Lee, who turned professional in late 2014 and qualified for the 2015 Solheim Cup team. Just as Lee has grown into one of the top young professional golfers on the LPGA Tour, the ANA Junior Inspiration has blossomed into one of the premiere events for junior girls. For the first time, the tournament is joining forces with the American Junior Golf Association, and extending beyond the boundaries of Southern California. Forty girls across the United States will have the opportunity to battle for the coveted final spot in the first major of the year, with the winner competing against the likes of defending champion Lydia Ko. “It’s really a dream ticket,” Ko said. “There’s really nothing like this in golf.” The upgraded ANA Junior Inspiration, which started out as a local 18-hole event open only to juniors from Southern California, is morphing into an AJGA invitational based on AJGA Rankings points. In 2016, the tournament took its first progressive leap forward by extending invites to 10 female junior golfers from ANA’s North American gateway cities. This year, 11 tournament invitations were sent based on Mileage Points standings updated on January 17, 2017. “It’s like our own network and routes ANA INSPIRATION OFFICIAL PROGRAM | 13

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    The ANA Junior Inspiration has morphed from a local, Southern California junior tournament into a premier AJGA invitational based on AJGA Rankings points and fielding the best players from around the country. ‘‘ I’m a little bit jealous that I didn’t get this opportunity,” LPGA Hall of Famer Betsy King told Golfweek at the announcement in November. “I know Dinah Shore would be so happy. ‘‘ in North America, which also keep expanding and improving,” said Hideki Kunugi, senior vice president of the Americas, ANA, Japan’s largest airline. “As the title sponsor of the ANA Inspiration and the official airline of the LPGA, we take seriously our responsibility in fostering the next generation of women’s golf and therefore, we’re excited about having created this coveted tournament alongside the LPGA and AJGA.” The remaining 29 girls were selected through an overall ranking using the same “ANA Priority Mileage” point system. The juniors will compete in a 54-hole event March 25-26, with the first 36 holes being played on Saturday over the Pete Dye course at Mission Hills Country Club. The 40-player field will play the final round on the Mission Hills Dinah Shore Tournament Course, and be joined by 20 LPGA Legends Tour players, many of whom are past ANA Inspiration champions. “I’m a little bit jealous that I didn’t get this opportunity,” LPGA Hall of Famer Betsy King told Golfweek at the announcement in November. “I know Dinah Shore would be so happy.” AJGA executive director Stephen Hamblin, a 33-year veteran of the staff, has watched the junior circuit grow to over 7,000 members in the past year, but he never imagined that one of its champions would get a spot into one of golf’s majors. “We got a call from the ANA tournament director saying they were interested in creating a bigger celebration of junior golf and including the legends of the game as mentors. We just loved the concept. We said, ‘We’re in. How can we help?’ “ Hamblin recalled. “We knew right away that this was going to be a dream event for our girls.” Hamblin described seeing the unbridled joy of 14-year-old AJGA member Sadie Englemann of Austin, Texas, one of this year’s 40 qualifiers, who received an oversized ANA Junior Participant boarding pass and her seat assignment of 1A. “It’s things like this that eventually have an impact on growing the game,” Hamblin said. “Her friends see that 14 | ANA INSPIRATION OFFICIAL PROGRAM

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    Madasyn Pettersen shows off an ANA Junior Inspiration “boarding pass” that would take her from Chicago to Rancho Mirage in 2016. she gets to go to Palm Springs to play on the course where a major is going to be played that week. What’s it going to do for the motivation of the younger girls she knows? Well, shoot, they are all going to be striving for the same thing.” Lee, who will be making her fifth appearance in the ANA Inspiration, can attest that Englemann and the 40 participants (especially its winner) are about to enjoy an unforgettable experience. “The AJGA was a huge chunk of my life and it’s where I made so many of my closest friendships,” said Lee, who now even hosts her own AJGA event, the Alison Lee AJGA Invitational. “Getting to play in an event like this is where you test the waters and find out where your game is against the top players in your age group, and then against the top pros because that’s where you want your game to be. It was a great opportunity ANA INSPIRATION OFFICIAL PROGRAM | 15

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    to learn what I had to improve on and that really helped.” Lee remembered asking “a million questions” of Whitworth, who won a record 88 times on the LPGA, and hearing about her life and times on the tour. And then there was another legend that came to her rescue. When Lee qualified, she had to inform her teachers at school that she would be missing class that week. Lee, who continues to pursue her undergraduate degree at UCLA while seeking her first LPGA title, had an important French quiz that week. Lee called her professor and handed the phone to French pro Patricia Meunier-Lebouc, winner of the 2003 ANA Inspiration, who explained Lee’s absence. “She got me excused,” Lee remembered. One player will follow in the footsteps of Lee and last year’s winner, Andrea Lee, and live every junior’s dream of teeing it up in the first women’s major of the season. “I think we’re in an era where the industry is looking at junior golf as an important initiative and finally realizing we have to inspire and motivate the next generation that this is a great game,” Hamblin said. Andrea Lee, now a freshman at Stanford, claimed last year’s ANA Junior Inspiration. ‘‘ I think we’re in an era where the industry is looking at junior golf as an important initiative and finally realizing we have to inspire and motivate the next generation that this is game.‘‘a great 16 | ANA INSPIRATION OFFICIAL PROGRAM

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    ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS BLUE WING PROGRAM Wings for Change • ANA’s Blue Wing program was developed to support entrepreneurs around the world known as Changemakers. These individuals work to address the challenges of today’s world and drive change in health care, financial services, architecture, marine conservation and more. • Blue Wing allows for both ANA and travelers to support Changemakers through providing them with airfare so that they can focus on effectively and successfully funding their projects. ANA allows its travelers to participate in Blue Wing in three different ways (*one wing = one mile): - Blue Class – When travelers purchase tickets on Blue Class, ANA gives one percent of the ticket fare to its Changemakers. - Mile Donation – ANA allows travelers to donate miles to Changemakers starting from one unit (3,000 miles) from now through Sept. 4, 2017. - Social Media Sharing – ANA donates 15 Wings to Changemakers every time the Blue Wing social media pages or website are shared on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Changemakers Soccer World Cup for the Homeless Mel Young uses the sport of soccer to bring those in need to job trainings and alcoholism rehabs in an effort to return them to a normal life. Participation in Mel’s program has reached 100,000 individuals a year in 74 different countries. His goal is to reach 10 million participants. A World of Safe Housing for All Elizabeth Hausler’s goal is to create safe construction in developing countries. She aims to accomplish this through training local residents and engineers on how to build safe houses and schools that can better withstand natural disasters. Rebuilding Tropical Fisheries with Coastal Communities Al Harris aims to build sustainable local fishing grounds and protect the marine environment from exploitation. He and his team provide training and support in an effort to create greater independence within marine based societies. 18 | ANA INSPIRATION OFFICIAL PROGRAM

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