Swedish female player Annika Sorenstam has just been elected to the top leadership position of the International Golf Federation (IGF) in a live meeting on 3/12.

Being IGF's top leader is the next challenge to Sorenstam's career.

Being IGF’s top leader is the next challenge to Sorenstam’s career.

Sorenstam will serve as IGF President from January 1, 2021. Previously, she served as the global ambassador in the campaign to bring golf back to Rio 2016 in Brazil after 112 years of absence from the Olympic Summer program. In that effort, incumbent chairman Peter Dawson “stood by the pole”. He assumed this position for the past decade or so.

“Peter has been amazing in 10 years as IGF leadership. I am very honored to succeed you,” Sorenstam said on Golf Channel. “As an international player, returning to the Olympics golf is very important for me as well as the industry. I look forward to working closely with the IGF Board of Directors, the International Olympic Committee and other governing bodies for the sake of growth.” the strength of this sport worldwide “.

Sorenstam was born in 1970, entered professional golf in 1992 and retired in 2008. During those 16 years, she won 10 majors in 72 LPGA Tour titles and 17 Ladies European Tour trophies and then joined the ranks of golf greats. world. After hanging up the club, Sorenstam founded charities and youth golf development organizations in Sweden and internationally. In 2003, Sorenstam was enrolled in the Temple of Golf World Fame. This year, she received a Medal of Freedom from the US President for her great contribution to the development of golf in this country.

The IGF leadership team currently has two members from the PGA Tour including special envoy Jay Monahan and Global Marketing Director Ty Votaw. At IGF, Monahan is the CEO, and Votaw is Sorenstam’s deputy.

According to the current plan, next year’s Olympic women’s golf will start from July 29 and the men’s branch will fight from August 4. The sport is also experimental at the Summer Olympics. The IOC has not determined its future after 2024 in Paris.

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