Annika Sorenstam isn't much of a golfer anymore

Annika Sorenstam isn’t much of a golfer anymoreThe 10-time major winner on the LPGA is an entrepreneur, course architect, spokeswoman and a public speaker. She’s also a mother. But golfer, well, that’s almost a hobby now.

“I haven’t swung a driver in a month,” Sorenstam, who won 72 times on the LPGA Tour, said with a slight smile. “I do not miss (competitive golf) one bit.”

Since retiring in 2008, Sorenstam has welcomed a daughter, plus explored her other passions, including cooking and youth fitness. Mostly, Sorenstam speaks about professional golf, mainly to youths and their parents. Sorenstam, who runs an academy in Orlando, is content being unable to recall her last round of golf.

“I honestly couldn’t tell you,” said Sorenstam, who, along with husband, Mike McGee, are expecting their second child later this year. “The reason I don’t miss golf is because I’m still a part of golf. I’m on the advisory board for the LPGA and I follow it very closely. It’s still part of my life.”

žSorenstam was at the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club on Feb. 3 to provide a casual golf clinic before receiving the 2011 Saint Leo Women in Sports Achievement Award during the 25th Annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day. In front of a 100-plus person crowd and young players from the First Tee of Brooksville, Franklin Middle School Golf Academy and STAR, Sorenstam talked about fitness for youth, different warm up techniques and golf strategies, then wowed and entertained the crowd with impressive golf shots.

Annika Sorenstam isn’t much of a golfer anymore

“Many kids, they sit in front of the TV for hours and hours and don’t get out,” Sorenstam said. “Then, we wonder why they have a hard time doing the jumping jacks. Kids have to be more active. … They also need to have role models and see that professional golf is possible, that if you have a dream, that’s a start and it can happen if work for it. … I want to get the message out to not feel the pressure of winning every tournament as a junior, because I didn’t.

“A lot of people push (young golfers) too hard too soon, then they leave and where does that leave golf?”

Will we ever see Sorenstam tee it up again? Perhaps, but for now, the world’s most prominent and prolific women’s golfer isn’t, well, a golfer.

“Before, it was all about the trophies, all about the birdies,” Sorenstam said. “Now, I love our family time. I did the competitive thing for 20 years or more and I accomplished what I wanted to do.

“I do not have any immediate plans for a comeback, but, then again, anything can happen.”

Mike Camunas can be reached at mike.camunas@gmail.com.

 

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