Annika Sorenstam - June 28, 2012

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Annika will be participating in a First Tee event on Friday at Bay Hill Club & Lodge. It is a preview event to launch The First Tee of Central Florida chapter. She will be leading a golf clinic and also discuss the Nine Values and Nine Healthy Habits. The chapter for this area of Florida is long overdue and it is great that this chapter is finally getting off the ground thanks to additional funding and new personnel. She is very excited to be involved.

The LPGA Tour is playing the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship and 2-time Defending Champion Yani Tseng is in the field. Tseng finished T59 in her last start in the Wegmans LPGA Championship and after that finish she began to doubt to her confidence. Annika had the chance to talk to Yani recently and told the current World #1 that she should not get too worried about one week and that she is having a great year. There are peaks and valleys in everything and when you are in a valley, it is very tempting to get down on yourself but you have to make sure that it does not drag you down or else you will continue to not play as well as you would like. Yani is her favorite at the U.S. Women’s Open next week.

She has never had the chance to play at Royal Portrush and the course looked so beautiful that she wishes that she could go play right now. While she has been to Ireland before, she has never played at Royal Portrush. When she played competitively, she travelled to a lot of places but she would rarely see more than the course and the hotel in a given city so if she does go to Northern Ireland she hopes to really enjoy the course as well as more of the surrounding town.

The Irish Open has sold out all four days which is a first in European Tour history and Annika said that this is incredible news especially when you consider the state of the economy in Great Britain. The field is very strong for The Irish Open and the popularity of the event this year will only help to increase interest and ticket sales for future editions of this event.

The most important part of building a First Tee Chapter in Central Florida is having local support. Once you have local support, you have to then find a home for the Chapter and that search is in progress. The First Tee hopes to be able to find a home where the participants will be able to have access to a driving range and at least nine holes of golf. She is working on trying to attract even more local support for The First Tee of Central Florida and she is very excited to see what will end up happening for this great organization in this part of the state of Florida.