Saturday, September 11, 2010

Win a chance to visit the ANNIKA Academy in Reuion Resort, Orlando, Florida

The ANNIKA Academy has announced a “Play Golf with Annika” video contest. Fans can submit a one-minute video to explain why they are the ideal playing partner for Annika. The winner will have the opportunity to play nine holes with Annika at Reunion Resort, home of her golf and fitness school in Orlando, Fla.

The ANNIKA Academy is an all-encompassing, high-end golf school that differentiates itself by including personalized fitness and nutritional programs along with golf instruction as part of the Academy experience. Guests at the ANNIKA Academy receive personalized golf and fitness instruction from the greatest female golfer of our generation and the actual coaches who helped her get there. Their simple techniques inspire players of all skill levels to reach their full potential on the golf course.

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 8, fans can enter to win by visiting www.theannikaacademy.com, creating a video within the guidelines, uploading their video to a third party social media web site and returning to the ANNIKA Academy website to complete the Contest entry form and submit the video link. Submissions are due by Oct. 14. A purchase is not required to participate in the Contest, but entry is limited to persons 18 (or age of majority) or older who are legal residents of the U.S. or Canada (except Qu├ębec). Contest Official Rules, with full details, are available on the ANNIKA Academy website.

A panel of judges from the ANNIKA Academy will judge the videos based on creativity and originality, relevance to theme and passion for golf. The top 10 videos will go on to the final round – and a public vote. In late October, fans will be able to rate the videos and help Annika make her final decision about the grand prize winner.

Led by Annika’s one and only golf instructor, Henri Reis, and fitness instructor, Kai Fusser, the ANNIKA Academy models its teachings after Reis and Fusser’s collaboration to mold Annika into such a dominant golfer. Reis combines his ability to translate the complexities of the golf swing into simple instruction with Fusser’s proven ability to target core physical training that directly translates into a more powerful, efficient golf swing. Annika’s sister, LPGA winner Charlotta Sorenstam, and Mark Bereza, Certified Club fitter, also bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to enhance the guests’ experience.

More information and full contest rules can be found at www.theannikaacademy.com.

About Annika

Annika is the greatest female golfer of our generation and often regarded as the best of all-time. During her 15-year Hall of Fame career, she rewrote the LPGA and Ladies European Tour record books, won countless awards and changed the way women’s golf was played, viewed, and covered. She amassed 89 worldwide professional victories, including 72 LPGA wins, ten of which are Major Championships. Annika stepped away from professional golf after the 2008 season to focus on her family and the ANNIKA brand of businesses, including the ANNIKA Academy, ANNIKA Financial Group, ANNIKA Course Design, the ANNIKA Collection of apparel with Cutter & Buck, signature high-end wines with Wente Vineyards and an online retail shop, shopannika.com. In 2007, Annika created the ANNIKA Foundation as a way to teach children the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition, and offer aspiring junior golfers opportunities to pursue their dreams. In 2008, Annika joined Arnold Palmer as only the second Ambassador of the United States Golf Association, and in 2009, along with Jack Nicklaus, she was named a Global Ambassador by the International Golf Federation and aided in the successful bid for golf in the 2016 Olympic Games. Annika will serve as a vice-captain for The 2011 European Solheim Cup Team at Killeen Castle in County Meath, Ireland, Sept. 23-25.More information can be found atwww.annikasorenstam.com.