TAIPEI–World No. 1 Yani Tseng of Taiwan has added another accolade to her long list of honors, as she was voted Sportswoman of the Year by the Women’s Sports Foundation on Oct. 19, according to the LPGA website. “Yani Tseng received the prestigious Sportswoman of the Year Award, given to an individual sport athlete who exhibits exceptional performances over a 12-month time span,” the website said.
Tseng, 22, who has won six LPGA titles so far this season, has also mathematically locked up the 2011 Rolex Player of the Year honor. Tseng also became the youngest player ever to win five golf majors when she successfully defended the RICOH Women’s British Open title in July 2011. Past sportswomen of the year include swimmer Erin Popovich, figure skater Michelle Kwan and gymnast Courtney Kupets. The winner was selected based on total vote scores collected by the public and the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Awards Committee.
Meanwhile, Abby Wambach won in the team sport category, and 12-year-old tri-athlete Winter Vinecki was the recipient of the ANNIKA Inspiration Award. The Visa Women’s Ski Jumping Team received the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award, the website said.
Tseng is taking a shot at her seventh LPGA championship of 2011 in the first-ever LPGA Taiwan tournament, which is being held at the Sunrise course in Taoyuan County where she has trained and played numerous times for almost six years.