UCLA freshman Alison Lee wins inaugural ANNIKA Award

Alison Lee, a freshman at UCLA, is the recipient of the inaugural ANNIKA Award as the outstanding female collegiate golfer in the country.

The announcement was made Tuesday.

The award, named for Annika Sorenstam, who won 10 majors on the LPGA tour before retiring, is presented by the 3M company and the recipient is chosen by a vote of NCAA Division 1 golfers, college coaches and members of the golf media.

The award is an ANNIKA Foundation initiative managed with the help of Golfweek magazine. Oversight is provided by the Fred Haskins Commission, a nonprofit organization in Columbus, which for 44 years, has presented the Haskins Award to the outstanding male collegiate golfer.

On the Haskins Commission website, President Madden Hatcher Jr. said the Haskins Commission had been exploring a logical expansion into the women's game and that a chance to work with Sorenstam makes the new award even more attractive.

"We felt comfortable with Annika and her colleagues from the moment we met them. Her name and sterling reputation will give the ANNIKA award instant recognition and prestige and be a perfect companion to the Haskins Award whose list of winners parallel her achievements in women's golf."

At UCLA, Lee set a single season scoring record with a 71.0 stroke average and was a cumulative 22-under-par.

She won three times (The Betsy Rawls, Stanford Invitational and Pac-12 Championships), had nine Top 10s, was a first team All-American, Pac-12 women's golfer of the year and freshman of the year.

Lee will be presented the award at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate Tournament Sept. 27-30.