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Sorenstam Named PGA 'First Lady of Golf'


Annika Sorenstam has been named the recipient of the 2013 PGA First Lady of Golf Award. Bestowed by the PGA of America, the honor goes to a woman who has made significant contributions to promote the game of golf.

The 43-year-old, now a resident of the U.S., will receive the award January 22 during the 61st PGA Merchandise Show at the Orange County Convention Center's Chapin Theater in Orlando, Fla.

Born in Bro, Sweden, Sorenstam is the first internationally born golfer to be named PGA First Lady of Golf and is the third recipient with dual PGA of America and LPGA membership, following Renee Powell (2003) and Carol Mann ('08). Sorenstam was elected to PGA membership on April 19, 2013, and is a member of the North Florida PGA Section.

"Annika's impact upon women's golf in the modern era has been remarkable, setting a standard that may never be touched," said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. "Her commitment to fitness and excellence made her a legend on the course, but her legacy in the game also includes a sincere dedication to growing a healthy next generation and inspiring future young women through golf. The PGA is honored to now call her the 2013 PGA First Lady of Golf."

Now retired from competition, Sorenstam won 89 events on the LPGA and Ladies European tours, including 10 major championships. She has 29 top-10 finishes in 57 majors. In 2003, she was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame before stepping away from competitive golf in May 2008. She remains the LPGA's all-time money leader ($22 million).

"I have been so fortunate throughout my life to have people who helped pave the way for me to work hard and exceed my goals on and off the course," said Sorenstam. "I truly feel like I am living a dream and want to help the next generation do the same.

"It's gratifying that the PGA of America has taken notice of our programming that offers junior girls the opportunity to play first-class tournaments around the world, while also educating them about the importance of health and wellness. I'm flattered to be named the 2013 PGA First Lady of Golf."

The honor is Sorenstam's third award by a major golf organization since her retirement. In 2012, she received the United States Golf Association's Bob Jones Award, which recognizes distinguished sportsmanship in golf. She also is the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America's recipient of the 2014 Old Tom Morris Award, the association's highest honor.

Sorenstam, a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and one of the most decorated golfers of all time, will be presented the Old Tom Morris Award during the 2014 GCSAA Education Conference in Orlando, February 5, at the Opening Session.

Sorenstam and her husband, Mike McGee, live in Orlando, Fla., and are parents of a daughter, Ava 4, and a son, William, 2.

Portions of the above report are courtesy of the PGA of America. For more information, visit www.pga.com.