Golf News for Friday, November 8, 2013 | Events

Golfdom Summit announces special appearance by Annika Sorenstam

CLEVELAND -- Widely regarded as the best female golfer of all time, Annika Sorenstam, 8-time Rolex Player of the Year and 2003 World Golf Hall of Fame inductee, will be making a special guest appearance at the 2013 Golfdom Summit, Dec. 3-6 in Orlando.

The Golfdom Summit, now in its third year, will be held for the second consecutive year at Orlando's famous Reunion Resort. Sorenstam, who has her state-of-the-art ANNIKA Academy headquartered at Reunion Resort, will be meeting and speaking to attendees of the Golfdom Summit about her wildly successful career in golf. Since retiring from competitive golf in 2008, Sorenstam has focused her efforts on her family and her ANNIKA brand of businesses, including the ANNIKA Foundation, the ANNIKA Academy, ANNIKA Financial Group, ANNIKA Course Design, the ANNIKA Collection of apparel with Cutter & Buck and signature high-end wines.

"I look forward to spending time with such an esteemed group of golf course superintendents from around the country," Sorenstam said of the Golfdom Summit. "I always enjoy talking about the business of golf and just as equipment technology has advanced tremendously over the years, so too has the ability to maintain excellent course conditions and this group has a lot to do with that."

Sorenstam joins an already stellar cast of speakers for the 2013 Golfdom Summit. Delivering the keynote address at the Summit on the state of the industry is World Golf Foundation CEO Steve Mona. Also speaking is Herb Graffis Businessperson of the Year winner, Wayne Kappelman, superintendent at Sharp Park Golf Course in San Francisco; Mark Woodward, senior vice president for OB Sports; Tray Maltby, director of grounds for the 54-hole Reunion Resort; and Seth Jones, editor-in-chief of Golfdom magazine.

"It's a thrill to have such a widely respected person and golfer as Annika appear at the Golfdom Summit," said Patrick Roberts, Golfdom's longtime publisher. "To host the greatest female golfer of all time at such a small, intimate event reminds us that we truly are hosting one of the most unique and exciting meetings in our industry."

The Golfdom Summit invites approximately 50 qualifying superintendents from around the country. Attendees network, play golf, hear guest speakers and take one-on-one meetings with some of the most cutting-edge companies in the golf maintenance industry. This year's sponsors include: Air-O-Lator, Cushman, E-Z-Go, FMC Professional Solutions, GenNext Biotech, Holganix, Jacobsen, John Deere, Lebanon Turf, Oregon Cordless Tool Systems, Phoenix Environmental Care, Quali-Pro, Smithco and Turfco.

The Golfdom Summit attendee list was already set weeks ago, but in honor of this announcement the Summit is adding 10 more superintendent spots for late applicants. To apply to attend the 2013 Golfdom Summit, visit For information on how to become a sponsor of the event, call or email Golfdom publisher Patrick Roberts, 216-706-3736,

About the ANNIKA Academy
The ANNIKA Academy is a state-of-the-art, "boutique" golf school at Reunion Resort, near Orlando, Fla. It opened in 2007 as a way to share Annika's passion for golf, fitness and nutrition, along with her personal team of coaches. Their simple techniques allow players of any age, gender or skill level to reach their potential by transferring more energy and power from the gym to the course. The Academy is a Certified Callaway Performance Center with two spacious hitting booths that offer custom club fitting and video swing analysis. Complete with a modern fitness facility, conference room, and full-service locker rooms, the Academy provides individualized golf instruction, personalized fitness and nutrition programs, and custom corporate packages. Guests can play with Annika or learn the proven winning approach she established with her world renowned team of instructors.

Stephen Reynolds
Buffalo Communications