Whats Left for Annika to Accomplish

By Associated PressApril 28, 2004, 4:00 pm
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Annika Sorenstam seems to be running out of goals.
 
She's in the Hall of Fame (twice, actually). She won 50 times on the LPGA Tour, including a career Grand Slam. She proved she can play with the guys.
 
Still, Sorenstam stays motivated. When her goal of winning a true Grand Slam fell by the wayside at the first major of the year, she simply adjusted her checklist.
 
'Now, I want to win the next three,' said Sorenstam, returning from a three-week break to play in the Chick-fil-A Charity Championship that begins Thursday.
 
This is how Sorenstam stays on top of her game, with no sign of being toppled from the throne.
 
'She reached a lot of goals last year,' said Nancy Lopez, who knows a thing or two about dominating golf. 'To remain the player she is, she has to keep setting goals. She's a goal-setter. That's the way I was. You have to have something to reach for.'
 
Sorenstam first claimed the No. 1 ranking in 1995 -- her second full year on the LPGA Tour -- and she hasn't fallen lower than fourth since then. She's finished on top the last three years, and is headed there again after winning three of her first four tournaments in 2004.
 
Her only setback was a 13th-place showing at the Kraft Nabisco Championship last month, which ruined her chances of claiming a Grand Slam in 2004.
 
So, in true Sorenstam fashion, there was a slight adjustment. She now seems more intent than ever on winning three majors in a year for the first time.
 
'I really want to win them all, but it didn't work out that way,' Sorenstam said. 'It doesn't make me upset, but it makes me practice harder and makes me really appreciate what it takes to win a major.'
 
Her focus leaves competitors in awe.
 
When supplanted by Karrie Webb -- the only other woman to finish No. 1 during the Annika Era -- Sorenstam stepped up her training regimen, improved her shotmaking and left everyone else playing for second.
 
'Her drive, her will to win,' marveled Cristie Kerr, who won the most recent LPGA event at Las Vegas -- with Sorenstam at home. 'She probably hates to lose more than anybody out here.'
 
Along the way, her personality started to emerge. Lopez noticed a change in Sorenstam after the Swede's historic appearance at the Colonial last May.
 
While Sorenstam didn't make the cut playing against men, she didn't embarrass herself, either. If anything, she seemed to thrive in the brightest spotlight of her career, revealing a lighthearted side to her personality that rarely came through before.
 
'She's not as shy as she used to be,' Lopez said Wednesday. 'The Colonial was the best thing that ever happened to her. She learned that she doesn't have to be so serious between every shot.'
 
That said, Sorenstam still seems a bit uncomfortable in her role as the standard-bearer of women's golf. She's the one who lures the fans, satisfies the sponsors, takes a tournament to another level by her mere presence.
 
'I don't know if I thrive on it,' Sorenstam said, 'but I do enjoy being recognized for what I've achieved on the golf course.'
 
There were plenty of achievements last year. In addition to becoming the first woman since 1945 to compete on the PGA Tour, she qualified for two Halls of Fame -- World Golf and LPGA -- and completed the career Grand Slam with a win at the Women's British Open.
 
Lopez, who took the LPGA to new heights in the late 1970s, has a sense for what Sorenstam is going through.
 
'Your time is not your own anymore,' Lopez said. 'You have to sacrifice yourself for the fans, for the press, for the tournaments. Everyone wants you to play in their tournament, but you can't play every week. Sponsors actually become angry when you don't play in their tournament.'
 
The outgoing Lopez never had any problem with all the attention. For Sorenstam -- stoic on the course and a bit shy away from it -- this process hasn't been entirely natural.
 
'I don't know if I'm the best person to be in the center for the LPGA,' she said. 'It's a tough role, but I figure if I can just be myself -- which is what I was at Colonial -- and people accept that, then I can handle it. It's sort of tough when people
expect other things from you. That's where I find it very, very hard.'
 
As Sorenstam walked away from the practice range Wednesday, she patiently met every autograph request and even posed for a picture, flipping up her glasses and smiling while flanked by two young fans.
 
'I stand for good golf and good sportsmanship and someone who loves what she does,' Sorenstam said. 'And if that's successful, then that's what I want.'
 
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    Lewis fires 61, two behind Herbert in Portugal

    By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 8:13 pm

    VILAMOURA, Portugal – Tom Lewis came within two shots of tying English countryman Oliver Fisher's European Tour record on another day of low scoring at the Portugal Masters on Saturday.

    Lewis returned a 10-under 61 in the third round, just 24 hours after Fisher carded the first 59 on the circuit. Lewis moved to two strokes behind leader Lucas Herbert of Australia.

    Lewis acknowledged the thought of another 59 crept into his mind: ''It's something I noticed with three holes to go. I wasn't that bothered at the end of the day.

    ''I'm pleased that I shot 10 under par. I can only continue to make birdies and see what happens tomorrow.''

    Herbert, who is playing off invites this season as he looks to earn his full tour playing privileges, shot a 64 for a 19-under total of 194.

    Fisher took 10 more strokes than he did on Friday and was in a group on 14-under 199.

    Sergio Garcia of Spain, trying to find form ahead of next week's Ryder Cup, was on 204 after a 68.

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    Highlights: Tiger birdies six of his first seven

    By Nick MentaSeptember 22, 2018, 7:08 pm

    Tiger Woods entered Saturday tied atop the board and wasted little time taking the outright lead at East Lake.

    Woods moved clear of the field with this birdie at No. 1, whipping the Atlanta crowd into an early frenzy.

    Following a 4-foot par save at the second, Woods moved ahead by two and reached 9 under par when he played this approach from 144 and sank this 8-footer for birdie at the third.

    One hole later, Woods reached double digits at 10 under par when he poured in a bending 21-footer that just crept over the lip.

    He made it four birdies in his first five holes when he bombed a 320-yard drive, wedged to 7 feet, and converted again.

    He looked in danger of not capitalizing on his first crack at a par-5 after he came out of a fairway wood on his second shot, but a splash from the bunker and a make from 6 feet gave him his fifth circle in six holes.

    He went Vintage Tiger at the seventh, playing this fairway bunker shot from 172 yards to 5 feet, setting up his sixth birdie in his first seven holes and advancing him to 13 under, five clear.

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    Iowa State honors Arozamena before football game

    By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 4:57 pm

    AMES, Iowa - Iowa State honored slain golf star Celia Barquin Arozamena with an elaborate ceremony ahead of the Cyclones' game against Akron on Saturday.

    Iowa State's band used a formation that spelled out Barquin's initials, and both teams wore a decal on their helmets in her memory.

    A tribute to Barquin played on a video screen before a moment of silence, and fans were also asked to wear yellow, one of Iowa State's main colors and a nod to Barquin's Spanish roots. Most of the roughly 60,000 fans in attendance complied with yellow and with golf shirts on a chilly morning in central Iowa.

    "I think it's fantastic. The tribute is amazing. But ultimately, it would have been perfect if she could have been here for her tribute, which was going to happen anyway." said Ed Hamilton, a retired police officer from nearby Ankeny, Iowa.

    Barquin, the Cyclones' first conference champion in 25 years, was finishing up her degree at Iowa State and working toward her ultimate goal of becoming a professional golfer.


    A memorial honoring Celia Barquin Arozamena at Jack Trice Stadium. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)


    Barquin competed in the U.S Women's Open earlier this summer, and coach Christie Martens said she was approaching "the pinnacle of her career."

    "Iowa State fans are very loyal. We haven't had too many winning football teams over the years. Yet the fans turn out. There's a great loyalty here -- but it spills into other sports as well," said Iowa State fan Kent Hollrah of Denison, Iowa.

    Collin Richards, also 22, has been charged with first-degree murder in Barquin's death. Police said Richards stabbed Barquin and left her body in a pond on the course, where it was found after other golfers noticed her abandoned bag.

    Cyclones coach Matt Campbell also wore an Iowa State golf hat on the sideline to show solidarity with his colleagues.

    "Be with all of us today Celia, your legacy will forever live on & we are forever grateful for your impact. Much love from your Cyclonitas," Iowa State linebacker Willie Harvey tweeted earlier Saturday, using the nickname that Barquin had for her teammates.