SPORTS ANNIKA She is one of the greatest athletes of all time and she participated in the 2012 San Francisco Heidmar Blue and Gray .VSM *SHZZPJ ILULÄ[PUN <: 4LYJOHU[ 4HYPUL(JHKLT`([OSL[PJZ In what was promoted for nearly a year, golf legend and Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam participated in the 2012 San Francisco Heidmar Blue & Gray Golf Classic on October 4 to help benefit USMMA Athletics. After Steve Ware ’71 greeted the Swedish-American legend at the airport the night before with the sounds of ABBA blaring from his SUV, USMMA San Francisco Alumni Chapter President Eric Lindberg ’94 brought Annika to the course the next morning to meet the anxiously awaiting field. Annika casually walked out onto the 18th fairway to begin a clinic for the sold-out record crowd of 144 golfers. In one of the most amazing scenes that has ever been witnessed on the Blue & Gray Golf tour, Annika chose her clubs and landed 15-20 perfectly placed shots down the middle at a wide range of distances. She called volunteers to the tee-box to hit some shots, including her host, Bob Featherer ’68 , who made the generous contribution to have Annika attend the event. From there, Annika met with every single golfer and took 34 Kings Pointer group photos with all the participants. She later signed each and every printed photo so the participants could go home with a one-of-kind memory. With the noon shotgun start approaching, Annika got into her cart and shared the day with 12 individuals (3-9 holes each) who won a series of raffles and auctions that raised $25,000 for the Academy. Annika’s team for the day included: George McShea ’68 (Raffle), Jack Opet ’68 (Raffle), Len Faucher ’99 (raffle), Jill Benson and Annabella Stagner (Auction), John Joerger ’74 and Dan Evans (Auction), Warren and Jody Hayden (Auction), Nick Slowik and Jay Hill (Auction) and Gregg Matalas (Raffle from Bob Featherer ’68 from Paul Londynsky ’80 ) With the Blue Angels of Fleetweek 2012 screeching though the overcast sky, Annika and the golfers were met at each green by another effort that raised $9,000 for the event. For the first time in tour history, 18 commemorative pin flags were flown throughout the event.