Filippa Möörk and Tim Widing, both of Sweden, have been named the 2014 recipients of the ANNIKA Collegiate Golf Experience. Both were selected based on their positive representation of Swedish golf, good grades, tournament success, desire to play college golf in the U.S., and displaying common values similar to Annika.
The ANNIKA Collegiate Golf Experience began in 2003. Past recipients include LPGA players Anna Nordqvist (2004) and Caroline Hedwall (2006). The objective of this experience is to inspire young golfers to improve their golf games, prepare for the future, and bring them one step closer to earning a college scholarship. Each year, the ANNIKA Foundation selects two top Swedish junior golfers to travel to the United States. As part of the experience, they visit colleges and get a chance to tour the campus and meet with college golf coaches. The juniors train with Annika and her Academy team and learn the techniques, training methods, mental discipline and focus she applies to her game.
Filippa had a successful season having represented Sweden at the European Girls’ Team Championship, won several Skandia Tour events and finished 5th at the ANNIKA Invitational Europe. Tim also had similar success having represented Sweden at the European Boys’ Team Championship and finished T-11th at the AJGA’s Junior PLAYERS Championship.
Filippa and Tim will travel to the United States the week of November 17 to work with Annika and ANNIKA Academy instructors Kai Fusser (Director of Fitness) and Henri Reis (Director of Golf Instruction). During the week they will tune their games at Orlando-area courses Reunion Resort and Bella Collina while also taking visits to UCF and the University of Miami to learn about college golf opportunities.
The experience finishes with both Filippa and Tim competing in the AJGA’s Polo Golf Junior Classic (November 22-28) at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Linnea Ström, last year’s ANNIKA Collegiate Golf Experience recipient and 2012 ANNIKA Invitational Europe winner, won the event which springboarded her to a college golf scholarship with Arizona State.
Definition – To feel or show deferential regard for; esteem.
Why it important? – In golf it is important to show respect for oneself, playing partners, fellow competitors, the golf course, and for the honor and traditions of the game.
What are ways players can show respect in the game of golf?
Golf is synonymous with respect. The traditions and history that golf represents is all about how we feel and regard the game. Through generations, players and associates worldwide have followed the rules and etiquettes that have been established in the sport. Today, we show respect to the game of golf by maintaining and exercising these customary behaviors on and off the course.
Who are some of the people you respect and why?
I respect people that are true to their words and actions. These are important qualities along with being consistent and fair in all situations. My family members are good examples. They have always been there for me no matter what and are people that I trust wholeheartedly.
What are some tips in teaching children about respect?
It’s important to teach them about respect early on in life. Respect is showing love and care. We teach them the manners and words that go with respect. Examples include teaching them to take care of their toys and personal belongings, being nice to their siblings, and listening to their parents.
Andrea Lee, a three-time participant of the ANNIKA Invitational, was named the girls’ 2014 Rolex Junior Player of the Year by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA).
Introduced by the AJGA in 1978, the Rolex Junior Player of the Year award recognizes one boy and one girl who had the most outstanding year in junior golf events at the national level. Past recipients have gone on to become some of the most esteemed players on the PGA and LPGA Tours, including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Charles Howell III, Hunter Mahan, Brian Harman, Jordan Spieth, Vicky Hurst, Inbee Park, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel. Lee, 16, began the season with a T-10th at the ANNIKA Invitational. She went on to have a successful summer which included making the cut at the U.S. Women’s Open, winning two AJGA Invitationals, making it to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Girls’ Junior and semifinals of the U.S. Women’s Amateur, and representing the victorious United States team at the Junior Ryder Cup.
The ANNIKA Foundation hosted its fifth annual ANNIKA Junior Day in memory of Holly Baxter on Saturday, October 4. ANNIKA Junior Day is a junior golf event held annually at the ANNIKA Academy. The concept came from Bob Baxter, who lost his wife, Holly, to cancer. Since Holly was a huge Annika fan and passionate about junior golf, Bob and his family made a significant gift to the ANNIKA Foundation in her name and asked that the Foundation use it to create a special day to educate and inspire local junior golfers.
This year, 80 children from the Orlando Minority Youth Golf Association (OMYGA) and The First Tee of Central Florida took part in a day of golf, fitness and nutrition with Annika and the Academy Team. The OMYGA participated in the morning session while The First Tee of Central Florida participated in the afternoon session. Each session was divided into four groups and rotated between stations that taught the fundamentals of driving, putting, chipping and fitness. In between, all players were treated to a healthy lunch, golf clinic and a Q&A with Annika. Each participant also received a commemorative hat and t-shirt courtesy of Ahead. We were also lucky to have Kelly Baxter (Holly’s daughter) and her husband, Mike, in attendance this year. Both got to interact with the players and had a lot of fun, especially with the SNAG portion of the driving range session.
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By Julie Williams
Bottled-water showers usually are reserved for the postseason, but South Carolina made an exception Tuesday. Considering the competition, a season-opening victory on a steamy Florida day was cause for the Gamecocks to collect every bottle within sight of the 18th green.
The Gamecocks poured them on their senior, Frenchwoman Justine Dreher, as she closed out the ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M with a one-shot victory. Then they poured them on head coach Kalen Harris, whose leadership for the past eight years is a big reason South Carolina left Reunion with a trophy.
For the first time all day, South Carolina had breathing room. A final-round 6-under 282 helped the Gamecocks to a 10-under total and a seven-shot victory over Arizona. Oklahoma State was another shot back at 2 under, and Stanford was fourth at even par for 54 holes.
“It was a lot closer than it came out to be in the end,” Harris said.
In college golf, it’s a luxury not to know which score will be thrown out, and Harris had it on Tuesday. She followed the scoreboard closely, but delivered only this line to her team: “You can’t make enough birdies.”
Freshman Nanna Madsen was 1 over after 12, and saw Harris at that green. Madsen asked if 1 or 2 under for the day would be good enough.
“Yeah, just do that,” Harris told her. True to her word, Madsen delivered a 2-under 70.
As a team, South Carolina made nine birdies on the back nine. By the time Madsen, in the No. 2 spot, reached the 18th, her teammates already were plotting their celebration.