According to several sources – who wished to remain anonymous – Annika Sorenstam, winner of 10 women’s majors and 72 titles on the LPGA Tour, officially became a member of the Augusta National Golf Club at the beginning of October.
This was revealed by the American magazine Golfweek.
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The spokesperson for the Augusta National Golf Club, when asked by the press to confirm the news, responded with a firm ‘no comment’ Same response also from Mike McGee, Sorenstam’s husband and manager.
This confidentiality should not surprise us, Augusta National has always considered membership of the club a strictly private matter and continues to do everything to maintain the utmost confidentiality on the list of its members, which is believed to number around 300, including some of the men – and since 2012 also women – the most powerful and richest in the world.
Augusta National Golf Club was founded as a men’s club in 1932 and began hosting the Masters in 1934. Twenty years ago the activist Martha Burk led a campaign to allow women to become members and wear the famous green jacket.
Only in 2012 did then club president Billy Payne welcome former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina businesswoman Darla Moore. Other confirmed female members of Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia include Heidi Ueberroth, co-president of Pebble Beach Co., former USGA president Diana Murphy, former IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and Ana Botin, executive chair of the Santander group.
Annika Sorenstam would be the first LPGA professional to become a member of one of the world’s most prestigious golf clubs, where membership remains one of the most sought-after claims of success. Annika Sorenstam is undoubtedly a pioneer for women’s golf.
In 2003 she participated in a PGA Tour event, the first woman since Babe Zaharias in 1945. Sorenstam officially retired from competition in 2008, but she continues to hit the fairways nonetheless. She was one of the first to tee off before the final round of the inaugural Augusta National Women’s Amateur in 2019, along with Lorena Ochoa, Nancy Lopez and Se Ri Pak.
In 2021, after turning 50, Sorenstam played in the US Senior Women’s Open, winning the trophy. Finally, she attended the US Women’s Open earlier this year at Pebble Beach, saying it was the last time she would play in the championship she has won three times over the course of her career.
Annika Sorenstam, in a green jacket, demonstrates how one can continue to break new ground in women’s golf, even many years after her official retirement.