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Sorenstam exhibit to appear at Hall of Fame

The shirt Annika Sörenstam wore during her first round at the Bank of America Colonial tournament will be among the numerous items on display in a World Golf Hall of Fame exhibit established to recognize the historic event. The exhibit, Go Annika: An Historical Week at Colonial, will open to the public on Friday, June 13.

The exhibit will include the golf ball and glove she used on the first tee of her opening round, her official scorecards from both rounds, as well as a replica set of golf clubs and bag she used for the tournament.

Chris Felty of Texarkana, Ark., caught Sörenstam's ball when she threw it into the gallery following her final hole. Thanks to his generosity, that ball also will be on display. Felty agreed to surrender the ball to LPGA media official Laura Neal in exchange for autographed items from Sörenstam after Neal explained that the ball had been promised to the World Golf Hall of Fame.

"Playing the Bank of America Colonial was an amazing week and fans around the world have been very supportive," said Sörenstam. "I'm pleased and proud to have this memorable experience commemorated at the World Golf Hall of Fame."

A variety of photos and newspapers will be included in the exhibit to offer context to the items on display, as will other memorabilia from the event, including the recognizable "Go Annika" button that adorned thousands of fans at the tournament.

"Annika, set to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame this fall, has captured the hearts of golf fans worldwide," said Jack Peter, the Hall of Fame's chief operating officer. "Thanks to the efforts of LPGA, PGA TOUR, Colonial Country Club, Callaway and Cleveland golf companies, we're able to give our guests a glimpse into Annika's experience at Colonial."

Sörenstam is on track to be a part of the 2003 World Golf Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Oct. 20. Once she completes the first round of her 15th event this year -- sometime this summer -- she will have met the necessary requirements for induction through the LPGA point system.

Sörenstam was the first woman to play a PGA Tour event since Hall of Fame member Babe Zaharias played in three men's events in 1945. The exhibit recognizing Sörenstam's play at Colonial will be open through the remainder of 2003.

 

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