Annika: Euphoria...


Annika Sörenstam flew into South Africa on Monday to announce that she was set to stop a trend and make some golfing history in the process. She is to become the first lady of golf course design in Africa.

Until now the job of designing South African golf course has been the strict domain of males, some of the best known of these being Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Darren Clarke.

But that's about to change.

Retief Goosen and Darren Clarke have designed courses in South Africa?

You learn something new and meaningless everyday.

Now, for the first time, Sörenstam is to create the first lady's signature course in the country - to be called the Euphoria Golf Estate and Hydro and to be developed on a site north of Pretoria en-route to Polokwane, the hometown of SA number one, Retief Goosen.

Euphoria Golf Estate and Hydro? It's official, they have run out golf course names.

"South Africa is a country I have always wanted to visit and I'm absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to take part in this project," the 35-year old World No 1 told reporters. "Courses are typically designed from the back tees for men whereas the brief at Euphoria was to design a course that will challenge men, women and children equally."

The brief at Euphoria? Note to to Annika's can't have her talking like a South African in the same release she's mentioning how she's always wanted to visit there.

Oh, and we non-lawyers in the States call them talking points, not briefs.