Definition – Strict adherence to a standard of value or conduct; personal honesty and independence.
Why it important? – Golf is a game of etiquette and composure. Players are responsible for their actions and personal conduct on the golf course even at times when others may not be looking.
Why is having integrity important in the game of golf?
There is no other sport like golf where we are our own judges / referees on the course. We are personally expected to call attention to any rules infractions and incidents. Integrity represents who you are and your actions represent your values. Showing integrity in golf honors and pays respects to the history and tradition of the game. That is one reason why golf is so special.
Can you share some examples of people you’ve noticed demonstrate integrity?
Throughout my touring life I saw many players display integrity on the course. Nowadays I see it as I play with amateurs regularly in Pro-Ams or charity events. There is no better place than on a golf course to see and learn about someone’s personality, character and display of integrity. Simple examples would be playing the ball as it lies, accurately counting scores and following the rules correctly.
What is your definition of integrity?
Integrity to me is what a person stands for, believes in and how they choose to live their life. It is one thing to say and preach information while opting to act differently. One must be true to their words and values. We all experience this in our daily life and it is important to remember that “You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.”
Alison Lee, a freshman at UCLA, has been named winner of the inaugural ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M.
The ANNIKA Award honors the women’s collegiate player of the year as selected by a vote of college golfers, coaches and golf media members. The ANNIKA Foundation, 3M, Golfweek and the Fred Haskins Commission — which for 42 years has governed the premier award in men’s college golf, the Haskins Award – partnered to create the ANNIKA Award.
Lee, 19, finished her freshman campaign at UCLA with eight top-five finishes in 12 events and three individual wins, including the Pac-12 Championship. She was named the 2014 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and Golfer of the Year, WCGA’s national Freshman of the Year, and first-team All-American. Lee broke the UCLA single season scoring record with a 71.0 average in 34 rounds, 20 of which were under par (another school record). She finished the season ranked the No. 1 player in the Golfweek and Golfstat Rankings.
“I feel really honored to win it and thankful for all the people who voted,” says Lee. “My freshman year has been so fun and I feel like I accomplished so much. To have the ANNIKA Award on my resume is huge.”
Annika is no stranger to the UCLA star, as Lee won the 2012 ANNIKA Invitational. “I am excited to announce Alison as the inaugural winner of the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M,” says Annika. “She is great young player at UCLA who had a tremendous season and has a very bright future. I’m very happy for her.”
The ANNIKA Award will be presented to Lee at a Gala Dinner at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M to be held at Reunion Resort on September 27-30, 2014. Lee’s UCLA team is in the field along with 11 of the other top Division I women’s college teams in the country.
The end of April marks the conference tournament season for college golf and seven ANNIKA Invitational alumni won their respective conference individual titles, including three past ANNIKA Invitational champions. Former champions Simin Feng (2009) and Celine Boutier (2011) helped lead the way for their teams to claim the SEC and ACC titles respectively, while Alison Lee (2012) helped her UCLA team to a fourth place finish in the Pac-12.
The inaugural ANNIKA Award, given to the top Division I women’s golfer, will be announced at the end of this college season and will be presented at a gala dinner at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate in September. Only the NCAA Regionals and Championship remain in the college golf season, and the race to be named the first ANNIKA Award winner looks like it will be a photo finish.
Here is a recap of the seven ANNIKA Invitational alumni and their wins in their respective conferences. Read more →
Definition – The quality or state of being truthful; not deceptive.
Why is it important? – Golf is unique from other sports in that players regularly call penalties on themselves and report their own score.
Why is honesty important in golf and in life?
Honesty is a direct reflection of a person’s character. Golf has always been considered a “gentleman’s game”, meaning that we are our own judges and rules officials on the course. We are honest with our scores, we play the ball as it lies, and we report rules infractions. We respect and honor the rules book. Golf is very often compared to life in that it mirrors our integrity, patience and fairness. I always felt that the best way to get to know someone is to play 18 holes with an individual to learn about that person’s qualities and attributes. Sportsmanship has always been the reason and quality that I wanted to be remembered for. Results and scores are important, but honesty in the game and life was my priority.
Have you ever had to call a penalty on yourself during a round of golf?
Having played golf for over 30 years I have definitely experienced a few rules questions on the course. Some have resulted in penalties and some not. However, it’s important to address the issues immediately and be honest. It’s all about being a professional and respecting the game so that you can play with a clean heart and conscience.
What parenting advice can you give about how to teach your children about honesty?
This is a quality in a person that I find to be very important. Honesty is important in both good times and bad, and is crucial for a successful life. I teach our kids all of the time to tell us the truth and to not lie and that a strong relationship is built on honesty and trust. We can all make mistakes, but if you address it right away and take the lessons to heart, your life will be better for it.
As part of our partnership with the First Tee, and our collaboration with them to create “The Nine Healthy Habits” we are focusing on a different health habit every month. This month we are highlighting “Energy” and sharing all the ways you can provide your body with useful energy by making healthy choices.
Definition – the capacity of a body or physical system to do work; available power.
Why it important? – It is important to understand and make healthy choices about when to eat, how much to eat, and the types of food and drinks to provide the body with the most useful energy.
What do you eat and drink before a round of golf?
It was very important for me to eat a proper and nutritious meal the evening before. I liked Read more →