Tuesday, November 22, 2016

PERSONAL: A Thanksgiving Salute to the LPGA

Sunday, the LPGA wrapped up the 2016 season in amazing fashion with its year-end CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida.  A big “congratulations” to Charley Hull on winning her first LPGA title and to In Gee Chun for a clutch birdie at the last to win the Louise Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year and also the Vare Trophy for low scoring average.  

The real show-stopper this year was Ariya Jutanugarn … who tied for 4th in the event but walked away with the Rolex Player of the Year honors and also the $1million bonus as the winner of the Race to the CME Globe. 
Ariya Jutanugarn
Each of the above-mentioned LPGA stars is under the age of 23, which says a lot for the current state and future state of women’s golf.  Things are really good!

When I left the LPGA full-time back in October to put full efforts toward some intriguing professional opportunities - including a personal business venture (Kann Advisory Group) -  I penned some thoughts about an organization that most probably don’t know enough about.  

As the Chief Communications Officer for more than five years, I frequently sent out organizational news and top media coverage hits to membership, key stakeholders and industry insiders in the form of a promotional newsletter I dubbed “Kraig’s List.”

This is the final edition I never sent ... with the sole purpose of waiting until after the season wrapped up and there was much to celebrate.

Here is that “list” – my top of mind thoughts on one of the rising organizations in all of professional sports and... in the spirit of the holiday season... how thankful I am to have been a part of it. 

There is a reason the LPGA was recognized by Sports Business Journal as a finalist back in 2015 for “Sports League of the Year.”  And here’s hoping that deserving “finalist” turns to celebrated “winner” in the year to come.

As always, I welcome your thoughts and response.  I hope you'll follow me on Twitter @KraigKann and you can follow Kann Advisory Group @KannAdvisory 

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Thought for the Day: Don't wait for people to take notice.  Do something worth paying attention to.

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