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Andia Winslow, the first African-American to compete in the Ivy League and for Yale University, and the first African-American to compete on the LPGA in five years, will compete in the inaugural Ginn Clubs & Resorts Open at the Reunion Resort & Club, April 24-30, after winning a sponsor’s exemption.  

Winslow will compete against the prominent 144-player field, which is also expected to include No.1-ranked LPGA player Annika Sorenstam. The field will be squaring off for one of the richest purses in the history of the LPGA at $2.5 million. 

Winslow is the first African-American since LaRee Pearl Sugg in 2001 to compete on the LPGA. “I am honored to compete in this event,� said the Orlando-area resident. “The city of Orlando is embracing the event, I am working hard on my game and I’m excited about the whole experience.�

Winslow was the first scholarship recipient for a partial scholarship at Yale University from the Jackie Robinson Foundation. “Andia is a wonderful addition to the premiere field we have at the Ginn Clubs and Resorts Open,� said Bobby Ginn, president and CEO of Ginn Clubs & Resorts. “She is a trailblazer being the first African-American to play at Yale, and shows great determination as she perseveres to be on the LPGA some day. We look forward to watching the Orlando-based players please the hometown crowd.�

Winslow of Winter Garden, Fla., is the first Black person to play varsity golf for Yale University, which she did from 2000-03. A native of Seattle, Wash., she is a freelance writer and a documentary filmmaker. Her uncle is Pro Football Hall of Famer Kellen Winslow. She was the 1999 National Minority Junior Golfer of the Year, and she is the first ever African American to compete in the Ivy League. She is currently playing amateur tournaments with hopes of eventually qualifying for the LPGA. She won the Golfweek Orlando City Championship in 2005. Winslow currently works at the Walt Disney World Golf Resort and previously was the part of the golf operations staff at the Yale University Golf Course in 2004. 

Tickets will be priced at $10 for each of the practice rounds and pro-am days and $30 for general admission for each of the four rounds. Parking is complimentary and included with each ticket. Weekly badges are available for $80 which allows guests access to all of the tournament events as well as the two evenings of music on Friday and Saturday night with concerts by the Pointer Sisters and Brooks & Dunn, to name a few.

Practice rounds will be held on Monday, April 24 and Tuesday, April 25. The Pro-Am will be held on Wednesday, April 26 and the 72-hole competition will begin Thursday, April 27 and run through April 30.
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