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Spring 2019

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Her father's words—and philosophy of hard work—rattled in her head once again: "There are no shortcuts to success." More than a decade later, Sorenstam is becoming the rare player—especially of the female variety —able to turn golf fame into a business empire. Mechem, for one, is impressed with Sorenstam's longstanding relationships with several of her partners—including Callaway, Cutter & Buck and Rolex—most of which began during her playing days and continue to grow. "She's not only loyal," says Chip Brewer, Callaway's CEO, "she's impactful." For someone who doesn't practice or play often, Sorenstam can still get around Augusta National in even par from the men's tees with clients. When she spends time in Lake Tahoe during the summer she likes to squeeze in rounds at Old Greenwood, Montreux Golf & Country Club, Martis Camp, and family favorite, Incline Village Mountain Course, a par-3 that they play at least once a week. At the 3M Championship in August, Jack Nicklaus told a story about how Sorenstam didn't show any rust on the tennis court either when she visited his house for a game. "She hadn't touched a racquet in two years," recalls Nicklaus, who has a back- yard court. "We ended up in a tiebreaker. It was 6-5 and she was serving and she aced me like I wasn't even there. She had that little giggle. Not competitive? She's very competitive." That goes double for the kitchen where she's been known to cook up a mean Spaghetti Bolognese. A year ago, Sorenstam played in a prominent Florida hit-n-giggle tournament and afterwards was invited to a dinner hosted by USGA CEO Mike Davis. Sorenstam arrived with ingredients to make two dishes, an appetizer and a dessert. Friends say she can't go to a party without bringing some- thing to cook. "At the very least, I'll put on an apron and say, 'Put me to work.' But usually I will ask first what you're making and try to complement it," Sorenstam says. "To me, the kitchen is a gathering point. I like that part and I like to cook and eat good food." Sorenstam lives to share her knowl- edge and passion with the next genera- tion. Focusing on others and making a difference in their lives is something she finds very rewarding. It's given her a new purpose – to inspire kids to follow their dreams, so they can attain them just like she did. Sorenstam's Annika Foundation, which she started in 2007 near the end of her career, focuses on supporting girls' and women's golf globally. She oversees a total of seven junior and intercollegiate tournaments on five continents bearing her name. "We've found our niche now and I'm as busy as ever," she says. "I feel like I still get my golf fix." It's the best of both worlds for Soren- stam, and another mountain for her to climb. 30 SPRING 2019 | NCGA.ORG Price Includes: • One night stay at the luxury Twin Pine Casino & Hotel • 18-holes of golf at Hidden Valley Lake Golf Club • Golf Cart included • Driving Range Token • 20% Off Additional Rounds • Available Year-Round 19210 Hartmann Road • Hidden Valley Lake, CA 95467 707.987.3035 Stay Play Golf For Reservations and Information: Call Richard Pritchard, PGA, & reserve your custom package and preferred tee times. from $ 79 00 All rates subject to change. Call for details. See what golfers say about us... 5 / 5 Best Back Nine! 4.3 / 5 Great course, nice 19th hole 4 / 5 A great surprise with lots of variety! 5 / 5 It's a true test of your abilities. Good shots are rewarded and the opposite for bad shots. You will not be disappointed. golfnow.com pp. dbl. occ. In Stockholm, Sorenstam and the Swedish Girls' National Team do their best Chorus Line imitations at the 2018 Annika Invitational Europe.

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