Golf Course Management

DEC 2013

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Old Tom Morris Award winners The Old Tom Morris Award was presented for the frst time during the 1983 Conference and Show in Atlanta. It is presented to an individual, who "through a continuing lifetime commitment to the game of golf, has helped to mold the welfare of the game in a manner and style exemplifed by Old Tom Morris." The GCSAA Board of Directors determines the recipient of the award. The award is presented annually at the GCSAA Golf Industry Show and Education Conference. Annika Sorenstam will receive the award Feb. 5 at the Opening Session, presented in partnership with Syngenta. 1983: Arnold Palmer 1984: Bob Hope 1985: Gerald R. Ford 1986: Patty Berg 1987: Robert Trent Jones Sr. 1988: Gene Sarazen 1989: Juan "Chi Chi" Rodriguez 1990: Sherwood A. Moore, CGCS 1991: William C. Campbell 1992: Tom Watson 1993: Dinah Shore 1994: Byron Nelson 1995: James Watson, Ph.D. 1996: Tom Fazio 1997: Ben Crenshaw 1998: Ken Venturi 1999: Jaime Ortiz-PatiƱo 2000: Nancy Lopez 2001: Timothy W. Finchem 2002: Walter Woods, Esq. 2003: Pete Dye 2004: Rees Jones 2005: Jack Nicklaus 2006: Joseph M. Duich, Ph.D. 2007: Charles Sifford 2008: Greg Norman 2009: Col. John Morley 2010: Judy Rankin 2011: Nick Price 2012: Peter Jacobsen 2013: Mike Hurdzan, Ph.D. 2014: Annika Sorenstam 50 GCM December 2013 Sorenstam escapes a bunker in her playing days, when she claimed 72 LPGA victories. Photo by Scott A. Miller a dominant stretch from 2001 to 2006, Sorenstam posted 46 victories in 124 starts. In that span, she notched 76 top-10s. "She was playing a game we all could play but never could play," Lunke says. Sorenstam racked up impressive numbers, such as 89 worldwide victories, including 72 offcial LPGA wins (third on the all-time list behind Kathy Whitworth, 88, and Mickey Wright, 82) and 10 major championships (tied for fourth with Babe Zaharias; Patty Berg is No. 1 with 15). Her frst victory: the 1995 U.S. Open. Sorenstam completed the career Grand Slam by 2003. The LPGA record book is peppered with Sorenstam's name. She fred an alltime best 27 under par to win the Standard Register Ping in 2001 at Moon Valley Country Club in Phoenix. In the second round at that event, she shot 59, a record nobody has matched. Sorenstam's fve consecutive triumphs in the Mizuno Classic is a record. Nobody but Sorenstam has posted 14 straight rounds in the 60s, which she achieved in 2005 (in fact, she also is No. 2 on the list with 11 in 2002; Lorena Ochoa is third with 10 in 2005). The Rolex Player of the Year Award, presented annually since 1966, went eight times to Sorenstam in her 15-year pro career before she stepped away from competi- tive golf at only 38 years old. Whitworth, who turned pro in 1962 and played until 1985, earned it seven times. When the topic of best female player ever arises, usually it is Sorenstam, Wright, Berg and Whitworth, all Hall of Famers, in the eye of the debate. "Her record speaks for itself," Whitworth says of Sorenstam, who won 13 times worldwide in 2002 alone. "She is an outstanding player, brought a lot of attention to the game. Most assuredly she raised the bar and gave the game more exposure." Rankin believes Sorenstam ascended by possessing a will that was rare, a trait that allowed her to overcome any shortcomings. "She was different and unusual. She just did it differently than anyone I'd seen," Rankin says. "So many of us seem disciplined, but it pales in comparison with her. It has played out in the way she has reinvented her life after playing golf. She's what I call a 100-percenter. She kept building on what she could fnally envision what she was good at, had tenacity and the will to get better and better at it." The key to Sorenstam's success on the golf course, according to her sister, had so much to do with focus. "If I fnished playing and didn't have to catch a fight, I'd go watch her play and support her," says Charlotta Sorenstam, who recorded one LPGA victory. "She

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