Tonight Annika and the ANNIKA Foundation were awarded the Newcomer of the Year award by the AJGA. The award is given annually to the most outstanding first-year event on the AJGA schedule with a committee structure that provides the best possible experience for AJGA members.
In 2009, Annika was on site for the three-day tournament and held educational activities after each round. Following first-round play, players and parents were welcomed to the ANNIKA Academy as Annika answered questions and performed a clinic on the driving range. Players were provided media training as well as nutrition and fitness guidance by the ANNIKA Academy staff as part of the off-the course activities. Annika hosted one-on-one interviews with players to help better prepare them for a future with the media, while her staff educated the girls on the importance of fitness and proper training structure. At the conclusion of play, Annika shook the hand of every player as they made their way to the scoring tent, making each player feel welcome and excited to be part of the inaugural event.
The 2009 event was one the girls will never forget. There’s no doubt the 2010 tournament will be as exciting as last year’s, we’ll just have to wait and see what fun is ahead.