Annika Sorenstam Optimistic About The Future Of Women’s Golf

By Garry Smits
The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Annika Sorenstam says she’s never regretted retiring when she was at the top of her game. She has two children, numerous business interests, is on the selection committee for the Hall of Fame and runs her Annika Foundation which promotes opportunities for women in golf.

The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville

Annika Sorenstam thinks the future of women’s golf is in very good hands with junior players such as those in an international field for this week’s 10th annual Annika Invitational at the World Golf Hall of Fame Slammer & Squire.

“These girls are terrific role models,” Sorenstam said on Saturday before she addressed more than 120 visitors at the first Hall of Fame Speakers Series of 2018, at the Museum rotunda room. “Junior girls are the fastest growing segment of golf and over the past 10 years, I’ve seen them coming in very mature. They’ve had coaches, mental coaches, they’re starting work-out programs … when I was 14 of 15 years old, I wasn’t at this level. I didn’t have any of that.”

Which might be scary because Sorenstam was the dominant LPGA player from 1994-2008, winning 72 LPGA events (third-most in history), 90 worldwide titles and 10 major championships. She was an eight-time LPGA player of the year and entered the Hall of Fame in 2003 at the age of 33.

If junior girls have more advantages than Sorenstam did when she was learning to play the game in Sweden, are there players who will one day approach her records?

Sorenstam said perhaps not, but only because the depth on the LPGA will continue to increase.

“In Bee park won first three majors, one year, and that was pretty exceptional,” she said. “Lydia Ko was no. 1. In the last year, it’s been a few weeks where this person played well, then a few weeks where another one played well. And they’re coming from everywhere: New Zealand, Canada, Thailand … it makes it very exciting.”

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