Annika greets Hee Wook Choi at the 18th green at the conclusion of the 2011 ANNIKA Invitational.
Sorenstam, universally regarded as one of the most dominant players in the
history of women’s golf, has been selected as the recipient of the United
States Golf Association’s 2012 Bob Jones Award.
highest honor has been presented annually since 1955 in recognition of
distinguished sportsmanship in golf. The Award seeks to recognize a person who
emulates Jones’ spirit, his personal qualities and his attitude toward the game
and its players. The Award will be presented Feb. 4 at the USGA’s Annual
Meeting in Houston.
“Annika has consistently exhibited the specific character trait – distinguished
sportsmanship – that the Bob Jones Award was established to recognize, and has
done so while achieving a level of success that few have equaled,” said USGA
President Jim Hyler. “It is not only the number of tournaments that she won
during her incredible career, but the way she conducted herself, always
gracious in victory and defeat, always respectful of her opponents and the game
Annika is an avid junior golf supporter, serving as the American Junior Golf Association's co-National Chairman with Hunter Mahan. The ANNIKA Invitational is among the highlights of the AJGA's tournament schedule and the recipient of the AJGA's 2010 Invitational of the Year Award. The ANNIKA Foundation has also endowed an ACE Grant, which helps young golfers play AJGA tournaments, regardless of their financial resources.
Annika was named an Ambassador of the United States Golf Association, a role
in which she helps the USGA make the game more accessible to players of all
skill levels. She has helped the USGA educate golfers through a series of “Play
by the Rules” video vignettes and served as the honorary chairman for the 2011
U.S. Women’s Open at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.
In 2009, she
was named a Global Ambassador by the International Golf Federation, and she
supported the successful effort to have golf added to the 2016 Olympic Games in
Rio de Janeiro. She dedicates much of her time to the ANNIKA Foundation, which
she started in 2007 as a way to teach children the importance of embracing a
healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition, and offer aspiring
junior golfers opportunities to pursue their dreams. Along with her AJGA work, Annika created the ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills, Asia’s first all-girls junior
tournament. In 2011 the Foundation partnered with The First Tee and the Florida
Hospital to create Nine Healthy Habits, a school curriculum that promotes kids
living a healthy, active lifestyle.
“It is truly
an honor to receive the prestigious Bob Jones Award from the USGA, as the past
recipients are some of the greatest names in the history of the game,” Annika said. “He is known for his character and I have always tried to pride
myself on being respectful to others both on and off the course. Though I am no
longer competing, I appreciate the USGA recognizing our hard work and I will
continue to try to grow and promote the game through many foundation
who began playing golf at the age of 12, enjoyed a successful amateur career
that included the 1991 NCAA Division I individual title and a runner-up finish
at the 1992 U.S. Women’s Amateur. She was a member of the Swedish Team that won
the 1992 Women’s World Amateur Team Championship shortly before she turned
15-year career, Annika earned 90 professional worldwide victories, including
72 on the LPGA Tour, 10 of which are major championships, including the 1995,
1996 and 2006 U.S. Women’s Open titles. She earned a record eight Rolex LPGA
Player-of-the-Year awards, a record-tying eight money list titles and six Vare
Trophies for the lowest scoring average. She played on eight European Solheim
Cup Teams and served as an assistant captain for the victorious European
Solheim Cup Team in 2011. At the LPGA’s 2001 Standard Register PING tournament,
she became the first woman to shoot 59 in a professional round, and in 2003 she
became the first woman to compete in a PGA Tour event since 1945 when she
played in the Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas.
inducted into the LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame in 2003. Among the many
honors she has received was the 2003 Patty Berg Award, which recognizes
contributions to women’s golf. She was named the Associated Press Female
Athlete of the Year three times, in 2003, 2004 and 2005. She was named the
Female Player of the Year eight times by the Golf Writers Association of
Annika stepped away from professional golf after the 2008 season to focus on her
family and the ANNIKA brand of businesses, which include the ANNIKA Academy,
ANNIKA Financial Group, ANNIKA Course Design, the ANNIKA Collection of apparel
with Cutter & Buck, signature high-end wines with Wente Vineyards and an
online retail shop, shopannika.com. Annika and her husband, Mike McGee, live
in Florida with their two young children, Ava and Will.