March 18, 2009

Sorenstam Announces She Is Pregnant

After stepping away from competitive golf, the LPGA great is starting a family

There is a lot Annika Sorenstam wants to accomplish now that she has stepped away from competitive golf, like getting her ANNIKA brand off the ground, expand her foundation and help with various grow-the-game efforts for the sport she loves, including getting golf into the 2016 Olympic Games. But she and husband Mike McGee have taken a big step toward one of their major goals: They announced on March 19 they are expecting their first child in the fall.

Good thing they are moving into that bigger house across the 16th fairway at Lake Nona where David Leadbetter used to live. Now they have plenty of room for the new addition. Sorenstam and McGee were married Jan. 10 in the clubhouse at Lake Nona. After a ski vacation at their home in Nevada, they got back to work running the Annika Academy at the Reunion Resort near Orlando and her other business ventures.

"Mike and I are very pleased to announce that we expecting our first child," Sorenstam said in a posting on www.annikablog.com. "We have had a lot of exciting changes in the past few months, and adding a new addition to our family later this fall will certainly be at the top of that list. We are absolutely thrilled and look forward to this new chapter of our lives! We appreciate the love and support that we have received from our family, friends, and of course my fans."

Sorenstam stepped away from competitive golf after the 2008 season following an career in which she won 72 LPGA events, third most all time, including 10 major championships. In addition to her academy and foundation, Sorenstam is involved with a clothing line, wine label, fragrance and golf course design. McGee serves as managing director of the ANNIKA BRAND.