March 24, 2012 by staff
Annika Sorenstam, This week on Wednesday she and her family celebrated the first birthday of her son Will who was born 3 months premature last year. It has been a long year but it has been so wonderful to see Will grow up. Her family has benefitted a great deal from the Winnie Palmer Hospital and it has been great to see the hospital grow in part because of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
In looking at Tiger Woods, she said that she would not put herself in his category when they were both dominating their respective tours but she appreciates the compliment. Yani Tseng is world #1 now in women’s golf and it is fun toanlyze how she plays just as peopleanlyzed how she played when she was world #1. When you are at the top of your sport, you have more responsibilities and she was not intimidated at all by the additional pressure. In fact, Annika said that she embraced it because it meant that she was succeeding.
Yani is already at the point of high pressure but she knows what she is capable of and therefore she is disappointed when she does not win because she expects to. The hardest thing to do when you are at the top is to stay motivated and excited to get better or else you will be passed by someone else who is more motivated than you.
Michelle Wie has now graduated from Stanford University and Annika said that she has said for a long time that Michelle has a great deal of talent and is someone that everyone wants to succeed. Time will tell when it comes to how she performs after college but she is a big asset to the LPGA Tour so many people are rooting for her to play well.
School was very important to Annika and she actually studied to be a chemical engineer in Sweden before she went to the University of Arizona to play golf. While she enjoyed the studies in Sweden, she knew that she wanted to play golf and looking back she feels that she has made good decisions when it comes to her education and things have worked out well.
She is very proud that her foundation has received a $100,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield to implement the SPARK program – the leading physical education program for children – in 20 elementary schools in Orlando over the next school year. SPARK is a wonderful program and she is excited to get to work with her foundation to help a lot of kids.
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