Golf Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam and the Women's All Pro Tour (WAPT) are announcing a strategic alliance set to begin in 2024.
The tour will be renamed the ANNIKA Women's All Pro Tour when the 2024 season kicks off in February, paying tribute to Annika's impressive legacy and continued contributions to the game.
Sorenstam's passion for advancing women's golf, including through the ANNIKA Foundation, aligns seamlessly with the WAPT's mission to nurture talent, provide a platform for growth, and foster the next generation of LPGA and Epson Tour players.
Former World No.1 Sorenstam, who is considered one of the greatest LPGA Tour players of all time with 72 wins including 10 majors, said:
One of the legends of the game!@ANNIKA59 has dominated the game at all levels and will forever be known as one of the best ever!⛳️— Playing Through (@_PlayingThrough) July 9, 2023
Presented by @MichelobULTRA #Golf #Golfing #LPGA #USWomensOpen #PlayingThrough pic.twitter.com/DZDEWVAmuq
Founded in 2019, the WAPT has established itself as a standout professional tour by offering 72-hole events and elite competition. Over the past two seasons, 75% of the Top 10 season finishers have advanced to the LPGA or Epson Tour.
Grace Kim—a two-time WAPT winner in 2021—won her first LPGA event in April, the third start of her rookie season. Miranda Wang—the top finisher in the 2022 WAPT season—earned her first Epson Tour win in March 2023.
"Welcoming Annika as a partner is an extraordinary milestone for our tour and the women's golf community as a whole,” said DeSerrano, president, WAPT.
“Her influence, expertise, and passion for the game will add to the WAPT’s momentum. We look forward to co-creating a future that provides more opportunities for women to pursue their dreams of playing on the LPGA Tour."
The ANNIKA Women's All Pro Tour marks the second major developmental initiative announced by the ANNIKA Foundation this year.
In May, the Foundation named its inaugural class of ambassadors for the ANNIKA Development Program at Old Barnwell Golf Club in Aiken, S.C.
The program furthers the Foundation’s mission to provide opportunities for women to excel in both golf and life by providing an avenue for a select group of up-and-coming golfers who are no longer NCAA eligible to continue their pursuit of a professional career.
For more information about the Women’s All Pro Tour, visit wapt.golf
For more information about the ANNIKA Foundation, visit: www.annikafoundation.org