Annika Sörenstam Welcomes Daughter Ava Madelyn

09/01/2009 at 11:30 AM ET
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Women’s golf may have a future new member — Annika Sörenstam has given birth to a girl.

In a post to her blog less than an hour after delivering her first child with husband Mike McGee, the retired golf pro announced the arrival of daughter Ava Madelyn McGee.

Ava, weighing in at 6 lbs., 10 oz., and measuring 19 inches in length, was born Tuesday, September 1st at 3:30 a.m.

“We are all doing well and we truly appreciate the support we have received. We are VERY excited about our new addition and will keep everyone posted in the coming weeks.”

Annika, 38, and Mike were married in January 2009. The couple announced they were expecting in March, and revealed in June that baby-on-the-way was a girl.

Before retiring after the 2008 season, Annika made her mark on the golfing world. With 72 LPGA wins and an induction into the Golf World Hall of Fame in 2003, she is one of the most recognized names in the sport.

Source: Annika Sörenstam

— Anya

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Kaitlin on

I might be biased (I have a 3 year old cousin named Ava!) but I think Ava is one of the most beautiful girls names. It’s so classy, and one of those names that grow with someone. It’s not a name that sounds cute on a baby but not so much when you’re a grown adult looking for a job.

Congrats to the new family, welcome baby Ava Madelyn!

Brooklyn on

I love the name Ava! Short but sweet as can be! Congrats to Annika and Mike.

Brandi on

Congrats to the couple. I really like the way they spelled Madelyn.

Lily on

Congrats!!! Ava is a beautiful name, but I’m getting sick of it. Every other celebrity seems to be using it.

Jessi on


Though I like Ava Madelyn. I am not too surea bout the way she spelled it.

Tina. on

its cute, but every celebrity is using it! LOL, good for them.

Sarah on

I love her name 🙂 She spells Madelyn the same way my sister spells it!

Sam & Freya's Mum on

Love her name! I agree, a name you can picture as they get older, for all ages really. Is very popular now though, but I still like it.

Ava Gacser on

My name is Ava and I’m an adult. Sometimes growing up it was frustrating when people would mispronounce my name (yes, I’ve heard “Ahhhh-va” many a time over the years), but I’ve always loved having a name unlike anyone else. (Plus it’s a palindrome!) I’m thrilled that Ava has become so popular and like to think that I’m one of the *originals.*

Hea on

Congrats to them! I did, however, assume that they were going to pick at least one Swedish name for some reason. Cute name though.

Sue on

Congrats to them!! Loved watching her golf and now I’m sure she will be a great mother. Love the name also.

Courtney on

congrats to them and I’ve always been particial to the name Ava as one of my favorite actresses Is Ava Gardner

jackie on

lol this is so funny cause i had a baby on august 16th, 2009 and i named her ava madelyn! its spelled exactly the same way too! so weird!