The year-end women’s pro golf awards keep rolling in. The LET ISPS HANDA Order of Merit goes to Suzann Pettersen for the first time in her 13-year membership of the Ladies European Tour. Pettersen joins Inbee Park, LPGA Player of the Year, Stacy Lewis, LPGA Vare Tropy winner, Moriya Jutanugarn, LPGA Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year, and Charley Hull, LET Rookie of the Year, in a rarified circle of 2013 high achievers.
The 32-year-old Norwegian who’s active on both the LET and LPGA Tours effectively sealed the race with her victory at the inaugural Evian Championship in September.
The prestigious award caps off a year for Suzann that included five tournament victories and 11 additional top 10 finishes around the world, highlighted by her participation in Europe’s first away victory in The Solheim Cup.
On the Ladies European Tour, Pettersen played in three events and won two: the Mission Hills World Ladies Championship and the Evian Championship. She also tied for fourth at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.
On the LPGA, she earned four victories, the LPGA Lotte Championship, Safeway Classic, Evian Championship, and Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship and notched 11 further top ten finishes to end the season ranked second in the world by Rolex.
Pettersen’s combined LET and LPGA winnings topped $3 millions, making her the top money winner among women pro golfers.
Pettersen was awarded a prize of 20,000 euro (US$27.4K) by LET Order of Merit sponsor ISPS HANDA along with a 10 year exemption to the LET.
ISPS HANDA’s support for golf is founded in their belief in ‘the power of sport.’ Sport has a unique ability to create hope, to break down educational and cultural barriers and to inspire people in a way that little else does. It brings people together and unites people from around the world.
Pettersen, Park, Lewis, Hull, and Jutanugarn have led the international pro golf field in breaking down cultural barriers and bringing communities together this year. Congratulations and thank you to all!