Yesterday, we closed the book on our seventh-annual ANNIKA Invitational at Reunion Resort. We welcomed 72 players, including 19 from 14 different countries. What an amazing example of golf’s global reach!
I am very proud to have created the tournament with the ANNIKA Foundation and the AJGA. It is inspiring to see these young talents so early in their bright careers, and then follow their progress as they grow older. Our event’s mission is to be “More Than Golf,” and we accomplish this through a variety of activities. At the Callaway Golf Junior-Am, competitors get to interact and play with sponsors, just like they may in a future LPGA pro-am. My favorite is the ANNIKA Clinic Hosted by Rolex, where I share my experiences and some pointers to help fine tune the girls’ routines and preparation for tournaments. Finally, our “Winning Approach” evening was a great success and included my “Your 59” mental training session, tips to promote golf-specific fitness and a body-friendly swing by Charlotta, and media training by Stephen Reynolds of Buffalo Brand Invigoration Group. Since 2009, our tournament has received numerous accolades, including the “Social Media Award” just last year.
This year’s ANNIKA Invitational winner – Angel Yin form Arcadia, California – played flawless golf (going 36 holes with no bogies and making only one for the entire tournament). She set an event record with her 12-under-par performance, besting ANNIKA Academy Elite Athlete, Rachel Liu, by eight shots. Congratulations Angel!
In addition to receiving a beautiful trophy, Angel had the opportunity to appear on Golf Channel’s popular show, “Morning Drive,” earlier today. She was nervous, but Damon Hack made her feel at home. What a super experience for her, and her media training helped her handle it with grace and style! Angel left the studio with many new and fun memories from the week. It’s been a busy few days, and I am sure on the long flight back home she will relive the shots that led to her first AJGA win. I know I will remember the past few inspiring days with great fondness.
Thanks to my team; sponsors Rolex, 3M and Callaway; all our Junior-Am participants; volunteers and the AJGA for a fantastic week! Read more →
The Royal and Ancient Golf Club announces new honorary members
10 February 2015, St Andrews, Scotland: The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews is delighted to announce that Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Dame Laura Davies, Renée Powell, Belle Robertson MBE, Lally Segard, Annika Sorenstam and Louise Suggs have accepted invitations to become honorary members of the Club.
George Macgregor OBE, the Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, said, “It is an honour and a privilege for The Royal and Ancient Golf Club to welcome these remarkable women as honorary members. The Princess Royal enjoys a strong bond with Scotland and has shown great energy and commitment to developing sport through her work in the Olympic movement.
“This is an historic day for the Club and we could not be more proud also to welcome women who have distinguished themselves in golf over many years and have been great players and champions. They are extremely worthy additions to our roll of honorary members and will become ambassadors for the Club as they have been for the sport of golf throughout their careers.”
The Princess Royal follows Their Royal Highnesses The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of York and The Duke of Kent in becoming an honorary member of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club.
Having herself competed in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, The Princess Royal is a member of the International Olympic Committee and was a member of the London Organising Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games. The Princess Royal is a Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle in Scotland and has been Patron of the Scottish Rugby Union since 1986.
In September, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club’s members voted by an 85% majority to admit women as members for the first time in its 260-year history. Today’s announcement follows that historic ballot and, in addition to the honorary members, a number of women have been admitted as members of the Club with more set to follow in the coming months.
In the midst of the winter season I like to eat food that warm me up, but I also feel like I am eating something healthy. At times, food, diets and health experts advice can be quite complicated and confusing. Just like fashion, what is trending and new gets most of the publicity. It’s almost like golf instruction, too much information clutter our brains. My advice is, you have to stick to one philosophy and trust it.
However, I think we all agree that vegetables and especially green vegetables are good for you. The problem sometimes can be we run out of cooking ideas to make it taste good and exciting to eat. I get my food inspiration from cook books and different websites.
So what is the latest, trendiest green vegetable today? I am sure it’s not a surprise: Kale. This healthy vegetable has green or purple leaves. It is considered to be closer to wild cabbage than most domesticated forms of vegetables. Kale is very high in beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K and C and rich in calcium. Just like other calciferous vegetables like spinach and broccoli it contains sulforaphane, a chemical with potent anti-cancer properties. Other possible health benefits of consuming kale include improving glucose control in diabetics, lowering blood pressure and improving bone and heart health. A cup of kale has only 40 calories, but almost 3 grams of protein.
KPMG today announced the members of an advisory council comprised of exemplary leaders from across business, sports, and the media who will help guide the seminal KPMG Women’s Leadership Summit. The summit, which will be hosted on-site during the week of the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in June 2015, will serve as a galvanizing force to bring many of today’s most accomplished women together to inspire the next generation of women leaders.
“KPMG is deeply committed to doing our part to ensure that more women have opportunities to develop and become leaders in their organizations,” said John Veihmeyer, Global Chairman of KPMG. “This summit is intended to build on that effort and positively impact the number of women in C-suite positions in corporate America in the years to come.
“The distinguished leaders who comprise our advisory council share the same vision and we’re proud that they have all agreed to share their time and energy to collaborate with us on this endeavor and pay it forward to the next generation of women leaders,” added Veihmeyer.
The KPMG Women’s PGA Championship – created in conjunction with the PGA of America and LPGA – will develop, advance, and empower women on and off the golf course by bringing together a world-class, annual major golf championship with a women’s leadership summit and an ongoing community initiative.
In the midst of the winter season I like to eat food that warm me up, but I also feel like I am eating something healthy. At times, food, diets and health experts advice can be quite complicated and confusing. Just like fashion, what is trending and new gets most of the publicity. It’s almost […]