France defeated Switzerland 4-3 to win the European Ladies’ Team Championship for the second consecutive year. Held at Helsingor Golf Club in Denmark, the European Ladies’ Team Championship brought together 21 European countries competing over 36 holes of stroke-play qualifying and three rounds of match play. France’s entire squad consisted of ANNIKA alumnae who helped them win their eighth team title since 1959.
ANNIKA alumnae representing the French team were…
Shannon Aubert – Former ANNIKA Academy ELITE student, 4-time ANNIKA Invitational USA participant (2010-13), rising sophomore at Stanford University
Mathilda Cappeliez – Student of ANNIKA Academy Instructor, Henri Reis, 2-time ANNIKA Invitational USA participant (2013-14)
Justine Dreher – 2014 ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M Individual Champion, recent graduate of the University of South Carolina
Manon Gidali – 2-time ANNIKA Invitational USA participant (2010-11), recent graduate of the University of Arizona
Ines Lescudier – ANNIKA Invitational USA participant (2010), recent graduate of Kennesaw State University
Marion Veysseyre – 2014 ANNIKA Invitational Europe Champion
In addition to Veysseyre, two other ANNIKA Invitational Europe champions also represented their countries in the European Ladies’ Team Championship: Linnea Strom (2012 Champion) led Sweden to a 5th place finish, while Malene Krolboll Hansen (2013 Champion) helped Denmark come in 7th.
Congratulations to France and to all of our ANNIKA alumnae for their success this past weekend! We wish you continued success during your careers and look forward to seeing many more of great things from you!
Definition – Considerate behavior toward others; a polite remark or gesture.
Why it important? – A round of golf should begin and end with a handshake between fellow competitors. Players also should be still and quiet while others are preparing and performing a shot.
Why is showing courtesy important in the game of golf?
Golf is a game of tradition and history. While growing up in Sweden, I remember learning about golf from the very beginning. It was not just about honing the swing, but it was also about the rules, respecting your fellow competitors, and showing consideration to the course and the game. There are a few basic gestures in golf that reflect common courtesy. They include standing still, being quiet when others play, acknowledging a good shoot, taking turns removing the flagstick, and waiting for your group to finish a hole before going to the next tee. I believe as we grow the game globally and new generations pick up the game it is imperative that we continue to teach and demonstrate courtesy for the game.
How does being courteous on the golf course translate to your personal and business life?
I have always believed that golf is so similar to our daily lives, whether personal or business. Some good advice I received years ago was that the best way to get to know someone is to play a round of golf with them. During these 4 hours, a person is apt to show his or her qualities and you can bet that is a true reflection of how they live their life. Courtesy is not just important in golf it’s also a part of life. I always stress to our juniors that we are people playing golf, not golfers being people.
How do you teach your children about courtesy?
Raising children is a constant task. Mike and I continually try to demonstrate our values on courtesy to our children. A few lessons that we teach include the importance of waiting for your turn (while standing in line), opening and holding the door for others, using and playing carefully with other children’s toys, and saying “please” and “thank you.” Courtesy is an important part of manners. To me, someone with good manners always leaves a positive impression.
Duke Freshman, World’s No. 1-ranked Amateur Won Three Times this Year, Finished T-2 at NCAA Championships
The ANNIKA Foundation – golf Hall-of-Famer Annika Sorenstam’s charitable organization – congratulates Leona Maguire on winning the second-annual ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M as the country’s most outstanding female golfer.
A freshman at Duke University and native of Cavan, Ireland, Maguire is the world’s No.1-ranked amateur. She finished outside the top seven in only one of 11 events this year, on her way to tallying three wins (ACC Championship, NCAA South Bend Regional and Darius Rucker Intercollegiate). She also finished runner-up at the just-completed NCAA Championships and last fall’s ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M.
The recognition was based on a vote of Division I golfers, college coaches and members of the golf media. LSU senior Madelene Sagstrom and UNLV senior Dana Finkelstein were the other two finalists. UCLA’s Alison Lee won last year’s inaugural award. Read more →