RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – The Annika Award is coming to women’s golf.
Annika Sorenstam’s foundation and the Haskins Commission announced Tuesday that the Annika Award will be presented to the most outstanding collegiate woman's golfer beginning in 2014. The announcement was made at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, where Sorenstam, a three-time winner of the major championship, is host of Tuesday's and Wednesday’s celebrity pro-am. She’s also playing in it.
The Haskins Commission has been presenting the Haskins Award to the top male collegian for 41 years. That award honors the memory of Fred Haskins, a teaching pro devoted to amateur golf.
The Swedish Sorenstam won seven times at the University of Arizona and won the NCAA championship as a freshman. She also shared NCAA Player of the Year honors with Kelly Robbins as a freshman in 1991.
The future winners of the Annika Award will receive an exemption into the Kraft Nabisco Championship. A new collegiate women's tournament also is in the works with Sorenstam as host.