Photos: Ko Leaps Into Poppie’s Pond

Part of the tradition of the ANA Inspiration is watching the tournament winner (along with caddies/family/etc) jump into Poppie’s Pond.

The “pond,” originally a natural water hazard, is now more like a swimming pool with treated water and the sponsors logo painted on the concrete liner.

The tradition started in 1988 by Amy Alcott, who made the first jump into the pond to celebrate her second victory at the then titled Nabisco Dinah Shore. Alcott repeated the feat in 1991, and was joined by tournament host Dinah Shore.

It was not embraced until 1994 when Donna Andrews made the leap. The next year Nanci Bowen jumped in, and from there it became an annual tradition.

2019 ANA Inspiration winner Jin Young Ko, along with caddie, David Brooker, and agent, Soo Jin Choi, give us the latest iteration of the Poppie’s Pond Leap:

Jin Young Ko jumps into Poppies Pond
Jin Young Ko jumps into Poppies Pond with her caddie, David Brooker, and agent, Soo Jin Choi, after winning the ANA Inspiration on the Dinah Shore Course at Mission Hills CC on Apr 7, 2019 in Rancho Mirage, CA. Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images
Jin Young Ko jumps into Poppies Pond
Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
Jin Young Ko jumps into Poppies Pond
Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

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