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Annika Sörenstam: How Golf Prepared Me For Motherhood

05/07/2010 at 04:00 PM ET
Janelle Leone Berger

There aren’t many parallels between motherhood and golf, but Annika Sörenstam says her former career prepared her for life with daughter Ava Madelyn in at least one important way.

“Traveling as a professional golfer, I thought I had a lot of luggage, but that’s nothing to what I have today,” she reveals.

“Now it’s strollers, it’s the diaper bag, it’s the car seat … You know, it’s just stuff, [but] I think traveling on tour prepared me for traveling heavier with a lot more bags.”

Recently named Swedish clothing line Polarn O. Pyret‘s “Mama of the Year,” Sörenstam confesses that motherhood has proven to be “a lot more rewarding” and “a lot more emotional” than she ever imagined.

Ava, 8 months, brings Sörenstam and husband Mike McGee joy that is “hard to describe,” Sörenstam adds.

“You can talk to friends and family, they say it’s just the most wonderful thing in your life,” she notes. “Back then because I had no clue about motherhood, all I could relate it to was winning a golf tournament. Now I see you can’t really compare the two so I guess it would be like winning the Grand Slam every year.”

As for whether or not Ava will someday follow in mom’s famous footsteps, apparently the apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree! Baby girl shows “some signs of stubbornness” and an early inclination for the spotlight, Sörenstam, 39, reports.

“You can tell she wants to stand up … If she can’t do it she gets a little bit maybe impatient. I can see her wanting to do stuff, and being very active,” continues Sörenstam. “That probably comes from both Mike and me.”

Janelle Leone Berger

Watch video from Annika’s photoshoot and interview here!

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Pam on

What an adorable little girl! Love her smile.

Sarah on

That baby is so cute!

Luna on

Love Ava :)

Amanda on

Guess they’re both into POP clothes – well, Annika is a Swede after all, so it’s not urprising. I myself am a Swede, but I can’t stand the POP clothes. :o)

Sarah M. on

A friend of mine has a 1 year old. When she figured out how to pull herself up she LOVED it. Until, of course, she realized she didn’t know how to get down! She’d stand there and scream because she was so mad!! It was hilariuos. :)

Ava is just precious!

Jennie on

She is just too adorable, and that smile!!!

Lorus on

Omg! She dresses her daughter in a boy’s print top! She looks just like a boy…she should be in something pink and frilly!! (smirk)

Ava is adorable.

glee fan on

love the first piture with her cute little grin. love the second one as well.

Lauren on

I am a big golf fan and I have missed Annika on tour since she retired. She was a class act and an excellent player! I am so glad to see she has moved on to bigger and better things though! Ava is gorgeous! Congrats to the whole family!

Dani on

OMGGGGGGGGGGGGG she’s sooooooooo cuteeee!!!!

jlove_taylor on

What a beautiful mommy daughter picture! even with the blue and red she is all girl..cutie pie

CelebBabyLover on

Lorus- LOL! Good one! If this was Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, everyone would definitely be up in arms! ;)

Kimberlee Chrisman on

This baby could quite possibly have the sweetest smile I have EVER seen. Precious!

Crystal on

Ava is super cute! I love her smile in the first picture. Sooo adorable! :)

Camille on

Lots of P.O.P. here lol

Donna on

With this much love, you can be pretty sure that Annika will not return to golf.

Sarah H. on

Ava is soooo beautiful….. just like her mom….. Congrats Annika

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