01-12-2010, 11:08 PM #1
Jennifer Mills to Emcee Annika Sorenstam, Mia Hamm Golf Match at "Annika Experience"
(WATERSOUND, Fla.) - The ANNIKA Foundation and St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE) announce that NBC host and founding Golf Channel anchor Jennifer Mills will emcee the Annika Sorenstam, Mia Hamm Golf Match at the ANNIKA Experience at WaterSound on Friday, February 19 starting at 9:30 a.m.
One of the most recognizable personalities in golf broadcasting, Jennifer Mills has been an integral part of the television landscape for over 20 years. In addition to her work with NBC, Mills serves as Co-Host of Masters TV for Augusta National, and hosts, 'Join the Club: Better Golf for Women' for Turner Sports. She is a member of numerous women's golf and business organizations, including the Executive Women's Golf Association and Women in the Golf Industry for which she was a founding member.
"Annika and Mia are international sports icons who have dedicated themselves to enhancing the lives of others through their foundations," says Mills. "I am honored to be a part of the ANNIKA Experience at WaterSound, and look forward to the camaraderie and competition of their match at Origins Golf Club. I'd say 'may the best woman win,' but they are both great so how can I?"
Annika, a member of both the World Golf and LPGA Halls of Fame and widely regarded as the greatest female golfer of all-time, and Mia, elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1997 and a three-time Olympic medalist and two-time World Cup champion, will play a 10-hole match on Origins' par-3 configuration (course description below). They will be joined by a team of 20 local junior golfers - 10 boys and 10 girls - who will each play a hole with the star pairing.
Prior to the match, at 8:30 a.m. Annika will conduct a golf clinic for the junior golfers and the general public at Origins. Mills will emcee and elicit questions from the audience, and Mia will assist her at various points throughout the session, including demonstrating tips and shots. Following the golf match, Annika will headline a "Meet Annika and Mia" luncheon at The Village Commons at WaterSound from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. where they will both discuss their respective philanthropic work.
Other planned events for Saturday include a children's fitness clinic, a charity golf tournament at the Tom Fazio-designed Camp Creek Golf Club, where all teams will play a hole with Annika, and a food and wine reception following golf at Fish Out of Water, the award-winning, fine-dining restaurant at WaterColor Inn, one of the region's premier coastal, boutique inns.
Proceeds from the ANNIKA Experience at WaterSound will benefit local charities and the ANNIKA Foundation, the golf legend's charitable arm that teaches children the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition and offers aspiring junior golfers opportunities to pursue their dreams. Mia will raise funds and awareness for bone marrow transplant patients and their families in honor of her brother Garrett, who passed away from complications of a bone marrow disease.
Accommodation packages will be available at WaterColor Inn and Resort and WaterSound Beach including admission to all ticketed events. For the full schedule of events and sponsorship opportunities contact Monark Events at 850.728.9476, 616.890.6497 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The ANNIKA Foundation
The ANNIKA Foundation teaches children the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition, and offers aspiring junior golfers opportunities to pursue their dreams. A primary focus for the ANNIKA Foundation is to identify the greatest needs and opportunities to make an impact by developing sports and physical fitness programs for kids. A key focus is to provide resources that increase participation and access where it is not currently available or affordable, and promote awareness for the importance of leading a healthy, active lifestyle. More information about the ANNIKA Foundation can be found at ANNIKA Foundation.
Annika is the greatest female golfer of our generation and often regarded as the best player in LPGA history. Her prestigious list of accomplishments includes her 2003 induction into the World Golf and LPGA Halls of Fame, 10 major championships, 89 worldwide professional victories, eight LPGA Player of the Year Awards, and participation on eight Solheim Cup teams. In June 2008, Annika was named a USGA Ambassador. She also represented the International Golf Federation and took part in their successful bid to get golf into the 2016 Olympic Games Annika has worked hard on her off-the-course businesses, which include the ANNIKA Academy, the ANNIKA Foundation, the ANNIKA Collection with Cutter & Buck, ANNIKA Financial Group, numerous golf course design projects around the world, a signature fragrance and a namesake Syrah in partnership with Wente Vineyards.
About Origins Golf Club
The Origins Golf Club is a six-hole regulation course that through the use of alternate tee boxes and greens, also plays as a nine-hole executive course and a 10-hole par 3 layout. Its mission is to make golf more fun, accessible and attractive to families, beginners and experienced players. Designed by Love Golf Design, founded by PGA Tour player Davis Love III, the course is consistent with the Scottish origins of the game, in which six, nine and 12-hole courses were commonplace. More information about Origins can be found at www.originsgolfclub.com.
At WaterSound, plans call for approximately 999 single-family home sites and 256 multi-family residences, interconnected by an extensive pedestrian trail system - ideal for walking and biking. Many homes will be within walking distance of the centrally located Village Commons, a gathering spot for residents to enjoy a light lunch, spend a day beside the community pool, engage in a workout at the fitness room, and check the day's mail at the post office. A short stroll from Village Commons is the Davis Love III-designed Origins Golf Course, which is ideal for the quick round in the evening or the casual family golf outing.
WaterSound sits between the Intracoastal Waterway and Lake Powell, one of the world's rare dune lakes fed by both rainwater and meandering tides - perfect for freshwater and saltwater fishing. The master plan is being designed by New York-based Hart/Howerton & Associates and Atlanta-based Tunnell-Spangler-Walsh.
The St. Joe Company (NYSE: JOE), a publicly held company based in Jacksonville, is one of Florida's largest real estate development companies and Northwest Florida's largest private landowner. JOE is primarily engaged in real estate development and sales, with significant interests in timber.
More information about JOE can be found at its web site at Florida Real Estate - Land, homes, condos and commercial property for sale | The St. Joe Company.
Shane Sharp (Golf)
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