Annika is the greatest female golfer of our generation, and often regarded as the best of all-time. During her 15 year Hall of Fame career, she rewrote the LPGA and Ladies European Tour record books, won countless awards, and changed the way women's golf was played, viewed, and covered. She amassed 89 worldwide victories, including 72 on the LPGA, ten of which are Major Championships. She has a record eight Rolex Player of the Year awards and holds the record for the lowest scoring average in a season (68.6969 in 2004). She has a record six Vare Trophies for the year's lowest scoring average. She is the only female to break 60 in an official event, which garnered her the nickname, "Ms. 59." Annika was the first and only female to cross the $20 Million mark for LPGA career earnings and her total of over $22 million is nearly $6 million more than the next closest competitor. Annika was the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year from 2003-2005, and the Golf Writers Association of America Female Athlete of the Year in 1995, 1997, and from 2000-2005.
Annika stepped away from competitive golf at the end of the 2008 season to further pursue a family and the ANNIKA brand of businesses. She authored her second book Golf Annika's Way and partnered with Cutter & Buck to develop the ANNIKA Collection,, her very own high-end female golf apparel line. The collection has done very well and has grown from two to three lines per year. Annika also has a growing Golf Course Design business with eight projects at various stages of development around the world.
As part of a continuing legacy, the ANNIKA Academy opened in spring of 2007. A 5,400 square foot state-of-the art- teaching facility at Reunion Resort, outside of Orlando, Fla., the Academy allows Annika to share her passion for golf and fitness, along with her own personal coaches. The Academy's lead instructor Henri Reis, Annika's golf coach since 1987, focuses on all aspects of the swing as well as mental training. Kai Fusser, Annika's fitness trainer, helps guests focus on cardio and core strengthening exercises as well as helping them strengthen on-course focus and confidence. Their simple, proven methods allow golfers of any age, gender, or skill level reach their fullest potential. Annika, who is very involved in all aspects of the Academy, participates at various levels in three different packages.
Annika feels very strongly about giving back, and in 2007 she started the ANNIKA Foundation to help children live a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition and to offer aspiring junior golfers new playing opportunities. The foundation has an award winning AJGA tournament each year for 72 of the top female juniors from around the world and has partnered with the Florida Hospital and the First Tee to create the Nine Healthy Habits, a healthy lifestyle curriculum which will be rolled out into The First Tee's 4,000 schools by 2012. Annika also represents SPARK, School Specialty's nationally renowned Physical Education Curriculum and hopes to get the program into all elementary and middle schools in her home state of Florida.
In 2008, along with New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, Annika was named the "Most Caring Athlete" by USA Weekend Magazine. That same year Annika joined Arnold Palmer as only the second ever Ambassador of the United States Golf Association with the goal of making the game of golf more accessible and more relevant to players of all skill levels. In 2009, along with Jack Nicklaus, she was named a Global Ambassador by the International Golf Federation and helped them successfully get golf into the 2016 Olympic Games. Appointed Advisor to the LPGA Commissioner in July 2009, Annika assists the LPGA with on-going discussions with tournaments and sponsors to ensure that the LPGA remains the pre-eminent women's sports association in the world. An eight-time ESPY award winner, Annika was also named an honorary member of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness in late 2009.
Annika and her CFO created the ANNIKA Financial Group as a result of Annika's passion to help other professional athletes protect their wealth while assuring their peace of mind. Annika also has a limited edition, namesake fragrance that is sold on her online retail shop, www.shopannika.com. Each Thursday Annika is a guest Analyst on Golf Channel's Morning Drive.
Annika has always had a passion for food and fine wine and in 2009 she launched a signature wine label with Wente Vineyards. The 2006 high-end Syrah debuted in 2009 with 611 cases and in 2010 she introduced her 2008 Chardonnay. Annika also shared her passion for cooking by releasing her first cookbook in Sweden and hopes to introduce the book to the United States in the coming years.
Annika's love of sports was nurtured by her parents Tom and Gunilla and was strengthened by a healthy rivalry with her sister Charlotta. Annika remains close with her family, including her sister who is the Director of Golf Operations ANNIKA Academy. In January 2009, Annika married then golf sports agent, Mike McGee, the son of former PGA TOUR and CHAMPIONS TOUR golfer Jerry McGee. Mike has served as Managing Director for the ANNIKA brand of businesses since Dec. 2006. Annika and Mike welcomed their daughter, Ava Madelyn McGee, on September 1, 2009, and their son William Nicholas McGee on March 21, 2011.
Throughout Annika's many successes on and off the course, she remains a sincere, down to earth, and approachable person. With her unrelenting drive, storied golf career, and burgeoning business career, Annika is determined to bring women's golf and sports to the mainstream.
Annika represents ADP, Callaway, Cutter & Buck, Golf Digest, Lexus, Lipton, Oakley, Rolex, and Wente Vineyards.
Golf Channel Academy