Golf Course Management

SEP 2013

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front NINE 9 see more @ www.gcsaa.org Annika Sorenstam, one of the fnest women's golfers of her generation with a well-earned reputation for charity, has been selected to receive GCSAA's 2014 Old Tom Morris Award. V v v Vollie Carr, a familiar face around tournament golf who spent three decades with the Jacobsen companies as product and tournament support manager, died Aug. 5 at the age of 81. Carr received the International Golf Course Equipment Managers Association (IGCEMA) Edwin Budding Award in 2011. 20 GCM September 2013 Sorenstam to receive Old Tom Morris Award Annika Sorenstam, like many natives of Sweden, wanted to be like Bjorn Borg. Borg was a well-known tennis champion who impressively won fve consecutive Wimbledon championships. Sorenstam was a youth during Borg's era of dominance, so no wonder he made an impression on her. In time, though, Sorenstam chose to take up another sport. And, like Borg, she dominated. That is only one reason, though, why Sorenstam is being honored with GCSAA's 2014 Old Tom Morris Award. The World Golf Hall of Fame inductee has an equally impressive record of giving back, through her own charitable foundation as well as many others. "Annika thrilled us as a champion golfer and has inspired us through her compassion in giving back to others in a variety of charitable endeavors," GCSAA President Patrick R. Finlen, CGCS, says. "We are honored that she will be joining us to accept the award and share her message with us. Undoubtedly she is a popular choice among our members." Sorenstam will be presented the award Feb. 5, 2014, during the Golf Industry Show's Opening Session, which is being presented in partnership with Syngenta. The award, presented annually since 1983, goes to an individual who "through a continuing lifetime commitment to the game of golf has helped mold the welfare of the game in a manner and style exemplifed by Old Tom Morris." No doubt Sorenstam has contributed to the game in a variety of ways. On the course, she totaled 89 worldwide victories, including 72 on the LPGA Tour. Ten of those were major championships. Her frst triumph? The 1995 U.S. Open at The Broadmoor. In 2001, Sorenstam recorded the frst and only 59 by a player in the LPGA, posting the magic number in the Standard Register Ping at Moon Valley Country Club in Phoenix. Ten years ago, in 2003, Sorenstam went where no woman had gone before in 58 years. She received a sponsor's exemption to play in a PGA Tour event, the Bank of America Colonial at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. The event resulted in quite a media circus as Sorenstam, the frst woman to play a PGA Tour event since Babe Zaharias in 1945, missed the cut after shooting a 5-over-par 145 (rounds of 71 and 74). In 2008, she ended her competitive career to start a family with husband Mike McGee (son of former PGA Tour player Jerry McGee), and they now have two children, Ava and Will. Sorenstam has been just as impressive off the course. The Annika Foundation focuses on helping children lead a healthy, active lifestyle. The Annika Academy in Orlando, Fla., serves people who desire golf instruction, while the Annika Financial Group was established to help professional athletes protect their wealth while assuring their peace of mind. She also launched a limited-edition namesake fragrance. Sorenstam continues to fnd ways to make a difference for people of all ages. In August, she announced that the Annika Foundation had partnered with the Sun SafeTee program to help promote sun protection education and skin cancer awareness to golfers. Representatives from Sun SafeTee will be invited to speak at Annika invitationals to let junior golfers know how they can reduce their risks of cancer and premature aging. Past Old Tom Morris Award recipients include Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson and golf course architect Mike Hurdzan, Ph.D., who received the award in 2013. Read more about Sorenstam in the December issue of GCM.

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