This months Golf For Women had so many good articles that I hardly knew where to start on which one to review first. I picked the Annika Sorenstam on her new projects which does not mean she is retiring but moving on. She is planning for her future when the time to retire from professional golf arrives. She has many activities she is trying to juggle along with the PGA Tour.
One of the first big double page ads shows Annika standing beside her golf bag and in the background is the Ginn Reunion Resort where she plans to open a the Annika Academy. This posh resort is located just outside Orlando, Florida and includes three 18 hole golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson. There is a water park and a boutique spa in a 2,300 acre gated resort which will be the home of the 2007 Ginn Open.
Her main goal for this year is to win back the Player of the Year award that she held since 2001. She is determined that she wants to play well enough to win as was disappointed in her play this past year. At this time she is passionate about her new golf school. She plans fitness sessions and mental instruction for 6-8 students at a time. They have 5.400 square foot facility that includes a gym, two hitting bays, and a conference room with a kitchen. Annika oversaw all aspects of the building construction from the landscape to towels.
Her swing coach for 20 years and fitness trainer plus her sister Charlotte will be in charge of the golf operation. She plans to hold several schools during the year and it will include playing nine holes with Annika. With the spa like setting it surely will attract many women golfers who will want to learn from the best. She hopes she can inspire other women to create a passion for the game.
I love her closing paragraph; Golf is not a game of gender; itís for everyone to enjoy. What other sport can put people of different ages and genders on the same playing field in a way everyone can be competitive. I totally agree with this as from my 50 years of playing the game, I have played with all ages. My grandchildren love to come and visit and we have a great time playing golf.
Annika is smart to use her great popularity and love of golf to think of her future and this adventure should be very successful. Annika also has a new man in her life Mike McGee who is now the managing director of her company. I wish her the best in the upcoming tournaments and will be checking out how she is doing on her plan to win back the Player of the Year.