Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Sports at its best

On the wire:

14-year-old given exemption by Sorenstam
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (UPI) -- Annika Sorenstam gave a 14-year-old girl with a rare heart condition a special exemption to the Ginn Tribute Hosted by Annika, a South Carolina golf event.

Because of the action by Sorenstam, MacKinzie Kline will be able to play in Sorenstam's tournament May 31-June 3. Kline is a top-rated junior golfer but her heart condition keeps her from being able to walk long distances. The LPGA has granted her permission to use a cart during the tournament.

"MacKinzie is a very unique and determined young lady and we are thrilled to have her play in the Ginn Tribute," Sorenstam said. "What she has accomplished, not only in golf, but for the community is extraordinary."

Kline was born with a congenital heart defect, her liver is on the left side of her body rather than the right and she was born without a spleen. She must carry oxygen with her at all times, including on the golf course.

"This is a dream come true for me," said Kline who is from Encinitas, Calif. "I've always had the dream to play on the LPGA Tour and Annika has made this a reality for me. Words cannot express my appreciation for this honor."

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