To be fair, the Ginn Reunion Resort just south of Orlando, Florida IS the home of the Annika Academy but given Ginn’s recent announcement of removing themselves from golf sponsorship (including LPGA player Cristie Kerr and also prompting a lawsuit from the PGA Tour who lost a Champions Tour sponsor) there had to be more than a few interesting discussions during the past three days as the Annika Celebration played out.
With Ginn in apparent financial trouble and backing away from their golf coupling it seems even funnier that LPGA Commissioner Carolyn Biven’s used the words “we found a perfect partner” in relation to something even remotely related to a situation involving Ginn.
This time though, the reference was actually regarding Lawrence Romorini, the founder of One of A Kind Art Studio, who spent the last six months working on the art piece (see photo) that was presented to Annika by the LPGA Tour on Tuesday night at Ginn’s marquee golf resort.
The 52″ long piece contains more than 170 pieces of memorabilia from Annika’s amazing career. They range from a real eight iron all the way to a golf ball set in a horseshoe that is marked “59” in reference to Annika’s record-breaking low score.
The inscription on the piece mentions that it honors Annika’s legacy on tour.
Unlike Ginn, who had a great run but is now dropping the ball, the way she impacted the tour will be long remembered for pleasant reasons.
By all accounts the Skins Game the day after the art presentation (all planned well before Ginn’s withdrawal from pro golf sponsorship ) played between Annika, Paula Creamer, Natalie Gulbis, and Lorena Ochoa went off without much of a hitch. It’s just too bad that the focus for many attending likely fell on the state of the host resort’s finances rather than giving the greatest female player of all time her fair due.