Bloomington, Minnesota, United States: The ANNIKA Foundation – golf Hall-of-Famer Annika Sorenstam’s charitable organisation – has announced that Toro will become an Official Partner of the ‘Share My Passion’ Clinic series in 2019.
The ANNIKA Foundation’s ‘Share My Passion’ Clinics introduce girls aged between six and 12 to the game of golf while also giving them a behind the scenes tour of a professional event. These events include a healthy lunch, instructional stations by LPGA professionals, and a golf clinic taught by Sorenstam.
“We are proud to partner with the ANNIKA Foundation to encourage and engage young girls in the game of golf,” said Judson McNeil, President of The Toro Foundation. “The impact of the ‘Share My Passion’ Clinics on the participants is multi-faceted with healthy eating habits and exposure to how a professional tournament is managed from the turf to the pro shop.”
In partnership with Toro, girls between the ages of six and 12 who live in the state are invited to write an open letter to Sorenstam telling her why they love golf, and why other girls should learn how to play. Sorenstam and her team will invite authors of the 40 most-compelling notes to attend a clinic headlined by the 10-time Major champion and winner of 72 LPGA events.
The official schedule for the 2019 ‘Share My Passion’ Clinic series, to be released this month, will include stops at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina, the US Open in Pebble Beach, California, and the Insperity Invitational in The Woodlands, Texas.
“I am excited that we are able to add even more events to this year’s ‘Share My Passion’ series,” said Sorenstam, who in 2001 became the only woman to date to break 60 in an LPGA tournament. “It is because of supporters like Toro that we are able to continue inspiring girls through golf at every age and skill level.”
Toro will join The DICKS Sporting Goods Foundation in supporting the series along with Fortune 500 companies such as Rolex, 3M, and Mastercard, who support other ANNIKA Foundation initiatives.
Toro is an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.