ANA Inspiration Pond Jump Photos


Jumping into Poppie’s Pond next to the 18th green of the Dinah Shore Course at Mission Hills Country Club is a tradition for the winner of the LPGA ANA Inspiration tournament (formerly known as the Kraft Nabisco Championship). The tournament winner has made this “Champion’s Leap” every year since 1994, although the first such leap took place six years earlier.

Collectively, the golfers who have made the Champion’s Leap after winning the ANA Inspiration are referred to as the “Ladies of the Lake.” In this gallery are photos of most of the “Ladies of the Lake” doing their thing after clinching victory.

Patty Sheehan Champion’s Leap, 1996

Patty Sheehan cartwheeled her way into the water in 1996.
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The first image in our gallery is also the only one that does not depict a golfer in the water of (or in the process of leaping into) Poppie’s Pond (also known as Champions Lake), adjacent to the 18th green on the Dinah Shore Course at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif. But can you blame us for choosing this image of Patty Sheehan, rather than one of her in the water? After her victory at the 1996 Kraft Nabisco Championship, Sheehan cartwheeled her way into the water.

Annika Sorenstam, 2001

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Annika Sorenstam won the first of what would eventually be three titles in the Kraft Nabisco Championship in 2001. And like everything she does, when it was time for Sorenstam to make the Champion’s Leap, she dove in head-first.

Annika Sorenstam, 2005

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The 2005 win at the Kraft Nabisco Championship was the final of Annika’s three wins in this tournament. She won by eight strokes, and it was Sorenstam’s fifth consecutive LPGA win. For her celebratory jump in the lake, she took her sister Charlotta (left) along for the leap.

Morgan Pressel, 2007

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Morgan Pressel strikes a classic pose after her Champion’s Leap in 2007. Her caddie and grandmother also went into the water with her. Pressel’s victory made her the youngest-ever major championship winner at age 18 years, 10 months and 9 days.

Brittany Lincicome, 2009

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Brittany Lincicome’s leap following the 2009 KNC was jubilant not just for the victory, but also for the time it took to get that victory. After a great start to her young LPGA career from 2005-07, Lincicome had gone nearly two years playing poorly during swing changes. But when she won at the Kraft Nabisco, it marked her first major championship and third career win. Jumping with her were her father and her caddie (left), Tara Bateman.

Stacy Lewis, 2011

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Stacy Lewis is second from the left in the image above. To her left is her caddie, Travis Wilson; and from Lewis’ right are her sister Janet, mother Carol and father Dale.

Lewis won the 2011 Kraft Nabisco Championship in impressive fashion. She started the final round trailing defending champion and world No. 1 Yani Tseng by two strokes. But Lewis carded a 69 to Tseng’s 74 to win by three.

It was not only Lewis’ first major championship win, but her first LPGA Tour victory.

Unfortunately, Lewis’ mother suffered an injury on the jump, landing awkwardly close to the bank. She was taken from the course in an ambulance and to a local hospital, where it was discovered that Carol Lewis had a broken fibula.

Sun Young Yoo, 2012

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Sun Young Yoo keeps it simple for her Champion’s Leap after winning the 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship. Her caddie put a little more creativity into his jump into Poppie’s Pond.

Yoo’s jump was an unlikely one. Thirty minutes earlier, it seemed Yoo was going to finish runner-up to I.K. Kim. But then Kim inexplicably missed a 1-foot putt on the 72nd green. That sent Yoo and Kim into a playoff, and Yoo won it with a nice birdie on the first extra hole.

Inbee Park, 2013

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Inbee Park, winner of the 2013 Kraft Nabisco Championship, comes up out of the water after she and her entourage made the leap into Poppie’s Pond. Park won the 2013 KNC by four strokes, although it really wasn’t that close: She dominated the final round, never really being challenged.

Park also had the foresight to take a couple water bottles into the lake with her. She filled them with water from Poppie’s Pond, as a keepsake of the moment.

It was Park’s second major championship, after the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open.

Lydia Ko, 2016

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Lydia Ko never led in the final round of the 2016 ANA Inspiration … until she birdied the final hole. That gave her the 1-stroke victory and continued the amazing story of an amazing young golfer.

It was Ko’s second win in an LPGA major, and she wasn’t even 19 years old yet. In fact, Ko was three weeks shy of her 19th birthday, which made this victory No. 3 on the list of youngest LPGA major winners. This victory also goes onto the list of overall youngest LPGA winners, a record category dominated by Ko.

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