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Annika: she has transcended golf


“When her final putt fell for a par, Annika Sorenstam walked off the 18th green at the Colonial to a standing ovation unlike anything the winner will hear Sunday. Never mind that she shot a 4-over 74 Friday and missed the cut by four shots.”

There’s been a lot written about Annika Sorenstam over the last week. While I’m not posting to re-hash or analyze everything that’s been said, I wanted to acknowledge what Annika accomplished this week, and the overwhelmingly positive publicity she received. And she did play amazingly well. Who knows how much better she could have done without all the attention on her? I mean, playing in the World Series is much different than playing a 1:35pm game on a Saturday in June. All eyes are on you when you’re up at the plate. This is how it was for Annika for two straight days, but she was always the one at bat.

As women, we’ve made great strides in some areas; in others, we haven’t come far at all. It’s great that women’s issues receive special coverage, it’s just too bad that there are so many special areas to be covered. One of the biggest take-aways: there are still many opportunities for women to be pioneers, and to make strides for equality. I think this coverage has given women’s sports the biggest boost in publicity since the 1999 Women’s World Cup.

As for Annika, she’s playing in the Kellogg-Keebler Classic this week in Chicago. I’m betting Chicago resident Billie Jean King will be out there to congratulate her.


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  1. M | May 26, 2003 at 12:58 am | Permalink

    Let’s see. Annika Sorenstam, Mia Hamm, Chamique Holdsclaw…Yeah, like ya said before, Don’t Fuck With The Ladies.

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