How To Conquer The First Tee Jitters
This week the top stars of ladies golf from Europe and the United States will be facing off against each other in the Solheim Cup. Many think it’s the most prestigious event in ladies golf and is played every two years, similar to the Ryder Cup. The first matches took place in 1990 and since then Team USA has had eight victories and Team Europe has had five. Team Europe is defending the Solheim Cup and seeking its 3rd straight victory. I’ve had the privilege of making the European Team eight times, competing in a total of 37 matches, and winning 24 points.
Last week, Lydia Ko took home her first LPGA major at the Evian Championship. I knew it was only a matter of time before it would happen. The fifth and final major of the year also marked the end of the competition for the 2015 Rolex ANNIKA Major Award. It recognizes the player who had the most outstanding record in all five major championships during the LPGA season. Players earn points only by placing in the Top 10, and to win the award you must also win at least one of the majors. This year’s winner is Inbee Park. She had a remarkable year, capturing the career Grand Slam with her victory at the RICOH Women’s British Open Championship. She had such a stellar season that through the first four majors, she had already clinched the award – making it impossible for other players to catch her. Congratulations to all of the ladies for their hard work in this year’s majors and I can’t wait to see who takes home the prize next year.
And if you’re in the Orlando, Florida area, don’t forget to check out the ANNIKA Intercollegiate Presented by 3M next week. Reunion Resort will play host to 12 of the top Division I women’s golf teams, including the top 11 in the country. I’ll also be presenting the ANNIKA Award Presented by 3M to the nation’s best female collegiate golfer, as selected by her peers, college coaches and media, Leona Maguire.
The ladies teeing it up in the Solheim Cup and the ANNIKA Intercollegiate will be facing plenty nerves on the first tee, just like you do at your local golf course. A great way to conquer first tee jitters is to focus on your rhythm, timing and balance. Watch the tip below, from my sister Charlotta Sorenstam, who also played in the Solheim Cup.
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