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.