The ANA Inspiration is golf’s first major and one of the LPGA Tour’s most prestigious events. Founded in 1972 by Dinah Shore, the tournament earned certification as a Major in 1983. Contested at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California since its inception, the ANA Inspiration holds the distinction of being the second oldest golf tournament continuously held at the same course. We share history with only the Masters at Augusta in terms of longevity of an event at a single venue.
For many, the event is most distinguished by one of golf’s most beloved traditions: the champion’s leap into Poppie’s Pond, located adjacent to the 18th green. In 1988, the first champion’s leap into Poppie’s Pond was taken by Amy Alcott, and since has become one of the most anticipated and memorable traditions in golf.