Annika Sörenstam, widely regarded as the greatest female golfer of all time, visited Estonian Golf & Country Club, Tallinn, today as plans for her first course design in Europe take shape.
The 10-time major champion, who amassed an unprecedented 89 tournament victories in a 15-year career, is designing a new course to complement the venue’s existing Sea Course, rated among Europe’s Top 100 Courses*.
Construction of the new course at Estonian Golf & Country Club, a member of the European Tour Properties network of world class golf venues, is part of a major development to create a family leisure resort and spa, including a 150-room hotel, overlooking the Gulf of Finland.
Annika is working closely with European Golf Design (EGD), the golf course design company of the European Tour and IMG, with groundwork scheduled to start in 2016. Read more →
The 2015 European Solheim Cup Team Captain Carin Koch has announced that Sophie Gustafson and Maria McBride (formerly Hjorth) will join Annika Sörenstam as her Vice Captains when Europe targets victory over the United States at Golf Club St. Leon-Rot in Germany on 18-20 September.
Between them, Gustafson, McBride and Sörenstam have played in 21 Solheim Cups, with no fewer than six wins and 122 tournament titles to their credit. “I am extremely proud to have assembled one of the most experienced and accomplished back room teams imaginable,” said Koch, who served as a Vice Captain to Liselotte Neumann in 2013. Gustafson, an eight-time Solheim Cup participant (1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011), was a member of three winning European teams in 2000, 2003 and 2011. She has earned 16 points for Team Europe, with an all-time record of 13-12-6, most recently posting four points from as many matches in 2011 at Killeen Castle in Ireland. Read more →
On May 22, 2003, Annika became the first woman to play in a PGA Tour event since 1945, when she teed it up in the Bank of America Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas. Starting on the 10th tee with the world watching, she striped the longest four-wood of her career right down the middle. “On the first hole, I remember just trying to keep my hands from shaking so the ball would stay on the tee,” she said.
This historic occasion was followed closely by people from all walks of life around the world. Annika hit the ball beautifully Thursday and Friday and demonstrated her characteristic grace despite just missing the cut. On this, the 11-year anniversary, she looks back and regards that week at Colonial as one of the highlights of her career.
“I can’t believe it’s been 12 years. It was quite the journey to get to Colonial, and I cherish the memories made that week, but also the countless hours of work on the course and in the gym that led up to it. I had incredible support and learned a lot about myself.” Read more →
Mike and I are back on US soil after five stimulating and fast-paced days in China. I have been lucky to visit this part of the world on occasion the last 20 years, but every time have seen something different and experienced new endeavors.
This trip was specifically for Pacific Links International, my partner of three years. Pacific Links International provides golfers with a premium golf experience through an innovative membership structure that offers access to 392 high-quality clubs around the world. For $20,000, members join a “Home Club” and also receive reciprocal privileges at other clubs.
I participated in membership events at X clubs during my stay. Each followed the same format. They began with Owner and Chairman, Mr. Du Sha, and me doing media interviews. Then we moved to a huge ball room with giant screens showing exciting marketing videos (in English and then Chinese) promoting the club. An on-stage “Q & A” with me followed, after which Mr. Du gave a 40-minute presentation. We then ate, leaving about an hour to sign autographs and take photos. Read more →
Here is a fun chicken dish with an Asian twist. It’s tasty, creamy and simple to make. Serve 4 people 1/2 lbs chicken breast 2 cups cream Marinade: 2 tbs olive oil 4 tbs tomato chilly sauce 1tbs soy sauce 2 crushed garlic cloves 2 tbs ground ginger Cut the chicken breasts in 2-inch stripes. […]