WEE GOLF PRESS RELEASE:
Annika Sorenstam – World Golf Hall of Famer and founder of the ANNIKA Foundation – has joined the Board of Directors of Wee Golf, a digital platform dedicated to giving parents, guardians and golf facilities an easy and effective program to introduce children to the game.
Created by a team of golf experts and enthusiasts, Wee Golf is an engaging and experiential system that introduces golf-swing fundamentals and the sport’s core values to kids ages 3-8. Its Apple-compatible mobile technology “gamifies” lessons, with participants earning badges, points and rewards as they advance through the program. This approach is similar to the one used by the Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA.
Wee Golf will be unveiled at the 2015 PGA Merchandise Show and exhibit at Booth #978.
“Our goal is to spread the gift of golf through parents who have a passion for the game and want to share it with their kids but, until now, didn’t have a convenient way to do it,” says Jason Black, Wee Golf CEO. “Wee Golf provides a roadmap for the parents, fun for the kids, and, we hope, a lifetime of enjoyment.”
Juniors wishing to take their on-screen training to the next level can do so by joining a Wee Golf team at participating local facilities. These teams are coached by PGA professionals and designed to further encourage a life-long affinity for golf.
“As a parent with two young children, one of my greatest pleasures in golf has been enjoying and experiencing the game with them,” says Annika, whose ANNIKA Foundation is committed to offering junior golfers opportunities to pursue their dreams. “For the industry to grow, we need to embrace new companies like Wee Golf that will revolutionize how the sport is introduced to children.”
Continuing its award-winning tradition, the ANNIKA Invitational was awarded the American Junior Golf Association’s Social Media Award. The all-girls Invitational, which is in its eighth year, has continued to grow and evolve under the innovative and hands-on approach taken by golf legend and international businesswoman Annika Sorenstam, now connecting players, coaches, families and golf media from around the world via social media.
Each year, the AJGA presents awards to the tournaments with the best individual hospitality, Junior-Am Fundraising Tournament, charitable giving and volunteer base. Awards are also given to the events with the highest media and social media participation. Finally, the AJGA recognizes the year’s most outstanding golf professional, superintendent and general manager, as well as the most improved event, best new event, best Junior All-Star tournament, best Invitational and overall tournament of the year. Tournament awards for the 2014 season will be presented on-site at the 2015 tournament.
“We are honored to receive the Social Media Award for the ANNIKA Invitational this past year,” Sorenstam said. “We work hard to try and utilize social media and various digital marketing channels to promote our events, our sponsors and our participants, and we appreciate our efforts being recognized.”
The 2014 tournament garnered more than 3.6 million impressions on Twitter, totaling 570 tweets among 161 contributors throughout the week. Accounts from Annika, Golf Channel’s Morning Drive, Golf Channel host Damon Hack, and the AJGA led the social media conversation with a combined 200,000 followers on Twitter.
Definition – Reliance or trust. A feeling of self-assurance.
Why is it important? – Confidence plays a key role in the level of play that one achieves. Players can increase confidence in their abilities by being positive and focusing on something they are doing well regardless of the outcome.
How is confidence important in the game of golf?
Confidence is related to trust and belief. Those are important attributes to play good golf. To be able to hit a good shot, you need to have a tension-free mind and body. Tension comes from a lack of confidence and doubts in your ability to execute effectively. For the best results, you need to approach a shot with a confidence and good focus as if it is the most important shot you are going to hit.
What do you do during a round when your confidence isn’t at its highest?
First of all, it happens to everybody on any level. I go back to basics and my fundamentals. I widen my target and I hit shots I feel comfortable with. I take little risks and will visualize a positive outcome and desired results.
What are ways to help yourself build confidence?
Try to remember good shots and good memories from previous rounds / tournaments. I have a “library” of good shots in my head. When I feel some doubt or lack of trust creeping in, I go back to certain shots in my library. One example is my tee shot on 18 the last day of the Women’s British Open in ’03. I striped it and that shot set me up for a win and the career grand slam. Another example was at the LPGA Championship in ‘04 on Hole 16 where I hit my third shot over trees to a foot, for a tap-in birdie. This makes me stay positive and relaxed. I also try to take long breaths to relieve tension.