Good morning golf fans, it’s another beautiful day here at Classic Swing Golf School in Myrtle Beach South Carolina where every day is a great day for golf!
Golf is often thought of as a man’s game, but women have a long and rich history in the game as well. In fact, the LPGA is the oldest women’s professional sports organization in the United States.
Today I’d like to highlight one member of the LPGA that walked away from the game while at the top, Annika Sorenstam. Annika grew up in Sweden where she was a nationally ranked junior tennis player and a talented skier. At the age of 12, she and her younger sister Charlotta started playing golf and shared a set of clubs, with Anika getting the odd numbered clubs and her sister getting the even numbered clubs.
Sorenstam moved to the United States and attended college at the University of Arizona where she became the first non-American and first freshman to win the NCAA individual championship. That year she was also named NCAA Player of the Year along with fellow collegian Kelly Robbins. In 1993, she was invited to play in three professional events, finishing in the top 10 in two and earning more than $47,000 in prize money.
Annika played on the European Ladies tour in 1993 where she was named rookie of the year, the following year she joined the American tour and had three top-ten finishes and was named LPGA Rookie of the Year.
In 1995 Sorenstam won the U.S. Women’s Open, the Vare Trophy for the lowest scoring average and was named LPGA Player of the Year, setting off one of the most dominant careers in the history of the LPGA Tour. Over the next 13 years, Sorenstam would win 72 tournaments including 10 majors qualifying her for the LPGA Hall of Fame.
In her final year on tour, 2008, Sorenstam won three tournaments, had top-five finishes in two majors and earned more than $1.7 million.
Whether you are dreaming about playing on the PGA or LPGA tour, or just working on your game, our professional instructors at the Classic Swing Golf School can help you reach your full potential.