ANA Inspiration Winners and History.
The ANA Inspiration is the latest incarnation of the “Dinah Shore,” a major on the LPGA Tour since 1983.
ANA is All Nippon Airways.
The 2020 ANA Inspiration will be played in September, rather than the usual April date due to the COVID pandemic.
The ANA Inspiration began as a 54 hole tournament in 1972, and was known as the Colgate Dinah Shore Tournament. It has always been held at the Old Course at Mission Hills Country Club. The inaugural event was won by Jane Blalock.
Nabisco became the sponsor in 1982. That year, the Dinah Shore was the first LPGA event to have all four rounds broadcast on national television (by ABC—always a friend to golf). The tournament was designed a “Major” by the LGPA the following year.
For those who are not old enough to remember, Dinah Shore was a singer, actress and pioneering television talk show host. Beginning her career in radio as a singer, she had her own program by 1943. During the Second World War, Shore was the first woman to visit troops at the front. After the war, she recorded more than 70 songs, including one called “Dinah”, which gave her the nickname (her real name was Frances Rose). She had her own television variety and talk show starting in 1951. In the late ‘60s and ‘70s, the show was called “Dinah!” and was enormously popular (my mother watched it religiously). She certainly was the pioneer who made Oprah! possible. Shore died in 1994.
For the LPGA, Shore was a tireless promoter—kind of the Bob Hope of women’s golf. Dinah Shore is the first—and only—honorary member of the LPGA Hall of Fame. She was awarded the Patty Berg Award for her contributions to women’s golf. It’s a shame that Dinah Shore’s name no longer is associated with the tournament she started.
Shore also left her mark in the traditional celebratory swim after the event. In 1991, she joined Amy Alcott for the dunk—the “swim at the Shore.” ANA Inspiration winners now make it an annual tradition.
The “Dinah Shore” was also for many years (and may still be) known as the “Lesbian Spring Break. Read the full story at the link.
Over the years, the tournament has been sponsored by Colgate, Nabisco, Kraft, and now, ANA.
|1972–1980||Colgate-Dinah Shore Winner’s Circle|
|1982||Nabisco Dinah Shore Invitational|
|1983–1999||Nabisco Dinah Shore|
|2002–2014||Kraft Nabisco Championship|
The tournament has played at Mission Hills. It will play as a 6,569 yard par 72 for the tournament. The course was designed by Desmond Muirhead. The signature is the 531 yard par 5, with an island green sitting right in front of the clubhouse.
The list of ANA Inspiration Winners follows:
|2019||Ko Jin-young||69-71-68-70||278||-10||3 Strokes|
|2016||Lydia Ko||70-68-69-69||276||−12||1 stroke|
|2015||Brittany Lincicome (2)||72-68-70-69||279||−9||Playoff|
|2014||Lexi Thompson||73-64-69-68||274||−14||3 strokes|
|2013||Inbee Park||70-67-67-69||273||−15||4 strokes|
|2011||Stacy Lewis||66-69-71-69||275||−13||3 strokes|
|2010||Yani Tseng||69-71-67-68||275||−13||1 stroke|
|2009||Brittany Lincicome||66-74-70-69||279||−9||1 stroke|
|2008||Lorena Ochoa||68-71-71-67||277||−11||5 strokes|
|2007||Morgan Pressel||74-72-70-69||285||−3||1 stroke|
|2006||Karrie Webb (2)||70-68-76-65||279||−9||Playoff|
|2005||Annika Sörenstam (3)||70-69-66-68||273||−15||8 strokes|
|2004||Grace Park||72-69-67-69||277||−11||1 stroke|
|2003||Patricia Meunier-Lebouc||70-68-70-73||281||−7||1 stroke|
|2002||Annika Sörenstam (2)||70-71-71-68||280||−8||1 stroke|
|2001||Annika Sörenstam||72-70-70-69||281||−7||3 strokes|
|2000||Karrie Webb||67-70-67-70||274||−14||10 strokes|
|1999||Dottie Pepper (2)||70-66-67-66||269||−19||6 strokes|
|1998||Pat Hurst||68-72-70-71||281||−7||1 stroke|
|1997||Betsy King (3)||71-67-67-71||276||−12||2 strokes|
|1996||Patty Sheehan||71-72-67-71||281||−7||1 stroke|
|1995||Nanci Bowen||69-75-71-70||285||−3||1 stroke|
|1994||Donna Andrews||70-69-67-70||276||−12||2 strokes|
|1993||Helen Alfredsson||69-71-72-72||284||−4||2 strokes|
|1991||Amy Alcott (3)||67-70-68-68||273||−15||8 strokes|
|1990||Betsy King (2)||69-70-69-75||283||−5||2 strokes|
|1989||Juli Inkster (2)||66-69-73-71||279||−9||5 strokes|
|1988||Amy Alcott (2)||71-66-66-71||274||−14||2 strokes|
|1986||Pat Bradley||68-72-69-71||280||−8||2 strokes|
|1985||Alice Miller||70-68-70-67||275||−13||3 strokes|
|1983||Amy Alcott||70-70-70-72||282||−6||2 strokes|
ANA Inspiration Winners Prior To Major Status
|1982||Sally Little||76-67-71-64||278||−10||3 strokes|
|1981||Nancy Lopez||71-73-69-64||277||−11||2 strokes|
|1980||Donna Caponi||71-67-66-71||275||−13||2 strokes|
|1979||Sandra Post (2)||68-70-68-70||276||−12||1 stroke|
|1977||Kathy Whitworth||76-70-72-71||289||1||1 stroke|
|1976||Judy Rankin||74-72-71-68||285||−3||3 strokes|
|1975||Sandra Palmer||70-70-70-73||283||−5||1 stroke|
|1974||Jo Ann Prentice||71-71-74-73||289||1||Playoff|
|1973||Mickey Wright||71-74-71-68||284||−4||2 strokes|
|1972||Jane Blalock||71-70-72||213||−3||3 strokes|
1 thought on “ANA Inspiration Winners and History”
I agree that its a shame that Dinah Shore’s name is no longer associated. Very fond memories of those early days. Given the choice of losing the tournament altogether I think its a regrettable but necessary change.