Hall of Fame member Annika Sorenstam will be the newest recipient of the Old Tom Morris Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, the organization announced Tuesday.
The award, which will be presented to Sorenstam in February 2014, is presented to honorees who 'through a continuing lifetime commitment to the game of golf has helped to mold the welfare of the game in a manner and style exemplified by Old Tom Morris.' Past recipients include Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Nancy Lopez and Tom Watson.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003, Sorenstam won 72 times on the LPGA, including 10 major championships. After retiring from the professional game in 2008, she started the Annika Foundation and the Annika Academy to help foster the careers of rising junior golfers.
'Annika thrilled us as a champion golfer and has inspired us through her compassion in giving back to others in a variety of charitable endeavors,' said GCSAA president Patrick Finlen in a media release. 'Undoubtedly she is a popular choice among our members to be recognized.'
This week, Sorenstam is on-site at the Solheim Cup in Colorado, serving as a vice-captain for fellow Swede Liselotte Neumann's European squad.