DUBAI Ė 12th December 2009 -- Anna Nordqvist, the current world number seven, was announced as the Ryder Cup Wales Rookie of the Year for 2009 at the Ladies European Tourís end of year awards ceremony held in association with the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters at Emirates Golf Club.
In front of her fellow competitors, the 6 foot tall 22-year-old from Eskilstunan in Sweden was honoured as the leading first year player on the Ladies European Tour this year.
She was presented with the prestigious award by Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice-chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAi and said: ďItís fantastic. It wasnít something I was aiming for at the beginning of the year but obviously itís a huge accomplishment for me and Iím very proud.Ē
It was the culmination of a sensational year for Nordqvist, who earned medallist honours at the LETís Tour School at La Manga Club in Spain in January.
The former British Amateur Champion, who turned professional with a handicap of +4.8, earned her first professional title at the McDonald's LPGA Championship, which is a Major, with a remarkable performance over the Bulle Rock Golf Course in Maryland.
ďI won the McDonalds LPGA Championship in my fifth start so I got off to a really good start and ever since itís been going my way, so itís been a lot of fun,Ē she said.
She went on to represent Europe at The 2009 Solheim Cup at Rich Harvest Farms in Illinois.
Then, last month, in Houston, Texas, her season saw further glory when she won the LPGA Tour Championship Presented by Rolex.
Her brilliance on the Ladies European Tour saw her finish a close second to Azahara Munoz at the Madrid Ladies Masters, where she shot 63 in the final round to make the play-off. She also recorded top ten finishes at the Deutsche Bank Ladies Open and S4/C Wales Ladies Championship.
She finished the season ranked 13th on the Henderson Money List, with earnings of Ä100,966.74 on the LET and Ä36,051 ahead of Englandís Florentyna Parker, who finished the year ranked 24th, a huge achievement in itself.
Christel Boeljon from the Netherlands was the third woman on the list, with Welsh rookie Breanne Loucks in fourth place and Scotlandís Krystle Caithness in fifth.
Chief Executive of Ryder Cup Wales 2010 Ltd., Rob Holt, said: ďMany congratulations to the worthy recipient of this yearís award, who has now topped off what has been a fantastic year for her. However, it was great to see a home-grown Welsh talent, in the form of Breanne Loucks, making such an impact in her first year and chasing her all the way.Ē