PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Four lucky Golfpalooza attendees will play Pinehurst #2 on Wednesday April 7 with Annika Sorenstam, one of the greatest female golfers of all time. Now an emerging entrepreneur and new mother, Sorenstam has been named the recipient of the 2009 EWGA Leadership Award and will receive her honor on Wednesday evening at the 2010 EWGA Golfpalooza (formerly known as the EWGA Conference) being held at the Pinehurst Resort & Spa, April 7-10, 2010.
Bids for the chance to play 9-holes of golf as part of Annika's foursome on Wednesday afternoon are open to conference attendees and are now being accepted through 5pm Eastern Time on Friday, March 19. Winning bids will be announced on Monday, March 22. Proceeds will benefit the EWGA Foundation. Download the details, procedures, and bid sheet here.
Following golf, Sorenstam will appear at a private reception for EWGA Executive Distinction members. Then she will receive the EWGA Leadership Award at the conference's Welcome Reception, being sponsored by Carr Golf Travel and supported by Tourism Ireland.
"What an exciting start to the 2010 Golfpalooza. We are so pleased to be able to honor Annika. Her achievements in women's golf are unparalleled," says Pam Swensen, CEO of the EWGA. "And the four winning bidders are going to have a once-in-a-lifetime golf experience, while supporting the charitable work of the EWGA Foundation."
Sorenstam is considered the greatest female golfer of her generation and often regarded as the best player in LPGA history. Her prestigious list of accomplishments includes her 2003 induction into the World Golf and LPGA Halls of Fame, ten Major Championships, 89 worldwide professional victories, eight LPGA Player of the Year Awards, and participation on eight Solheim Cup teams. She captured the world's attention when she competed against the men in the PGA TOUR's Colonial in 2003, and she is the only female ever to shoot 59 in an LPGA tournament. Annika joined Arnold Palmer as only the second Ambassador of the United States Golf Association, and in 2009 she was named a Global Ambassador by the International Golf Federation as they successfully brought golf to the 2016 Olympic Games. She stepped away from professional golf at the end of the 2008 season to further pursue the ANNIKA brand of businesses which include the ANNIKA Academy, the ANNIKA Foundation, the ANNIKA Collection with Cutter & Buck, ANNIKA Financial Group, numerous golf course design projects, a signature wine label with Wente Vineyards and a fragrance with SA Fragrances.
The EWGA presents its annual Leadership Award to recognize individuals who have made longtime and outstanding contributions to women's golf by paving the way for female golfers - whose dedication to the game has inspired others to follow in their footsteps. Past honorees have included Patty Berg, Peggy Kirk Bell, Judy Bell, Judy Dickinson, Michelle McGann, Alice Dye, Kathy Whitworth, Shirley Spork, Marlene Hagge, Renee Powell, Golf For Women Magazine, Linda Vollstedt, Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott, M.G. Orender, Zayra Calderon, and the 2008 recipient Cindy Davis, president of Nike Golf.
The 2010 EWGA Golfpalooza is a four-day event packed with fun golf tournaments for players of all skill levels, a star studded lineup of renowned speakers and instructors, golf instruction opportunities, new product demonstrations and shopping marketplace, parties and social events, awards, recognition and learning opportunities for EWGA chapter volunteers, and more. For more information, visit the Events section at www.ewga.com
The EWGA Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) tax exempt organization formed and supported by the Executive Women's Golf Association. Its mission is to create and fund education and leadership programs for women of all ages. Initiatives include the 'Women On Par®' scholarship program, development of a golf education curriculum, Drive for Dreams outreach program to 'give the gift of golf' and an LPGA-USGA Girls Golf charity event. Over the past six years, EWGA chapters and the EWGA Foundation have donated over $400,000 to LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, making the EWGA one of the largest single contributors to LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, aside from the USGA.
Since its founding in 1991 as the Executive Women's Golf Association, the EWGA has enriched the lives of more than 100,000 women connecting them to learn, play, and enjoy golf for business and fun. This not-for-profit association delivers a wide range of golf, social and networking activities for both new and experienced golfers at over 125 local chapters throughout the United States and international chapters in Canada. The EWGA is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. For more information, see www.ewga.com
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