As I sit on the plane back home from beautiful Evian, I cannot help but reflect positively on this year’s Rolex ANNIKA Major Award (RAMA). My collaboration with my long-time partner, Rolex, and the LPGA, probably the finest women’s sports organization in the world, started around 2010. My hubby, Mike, and I approached them and suggested establishing a personal achievement award that would celebrate a player’s performance in the majors. I have always felt that there is a significant difference between regular and major events — while tournament winners are celebrated, major winners make history. After several meetings we all agreed on a basic framework for the award and the RAMA was born.
We are now three years in and I couldn’t be more happy with our decision to join forces with Rolex and the LPGA. We have had big names take the first two editions — Michelle Wie won in our inaugural year and was followed in 2015 by the newest Hall of Fame qualifier and first women’s golf Olympic gold medal winner in more than a century, Inbee Park.
This year’s RAMA winner wasn’t decided until the last 18 holes of the season’s fifth and final major, the Evian Championship. It was a heated race featuring all four major winners: Lydia Ko (ANA Inspiration), Brooke Henderson (KPMG Women’s PGA Championship), Brittany Lang (U.S. Women’s Open) and Ariya Jutanugarn (Ricoh Women’s British Open). In an exciting finish, Lydia Ko, the 19-year-old phenom from New Zealand and world’s No.1-ranked player, captured the award.
Fittingly, Lydia shared earlier this year that she wanted to be more consistent in the majors. It’s safe to say she accomplished this goal! I am so proud of her and how she carries herself on and off the course. She is a great competitor and ambassador for the game of golf. Congratulations to our 2016 RAMA winner!
Merci, A bientot, until next year…