Originally created 05/16/03

Sorenstam in first set of women's golf cards



CARLSBAD, Calif. -- Now golf fans can swap Annika Sorenstam for Tiger Woods.

The Upper Deck Co. released a set of women's golf trading cards to coincide with Sorenstam's appearance in the Colonial tournament - the first time in 58 years a woman will compete on the PGA Tour.

The set was in the works before Sorenstam took a sponsor's exemption for the May 22-25 men's tournament. The cards went on sale May 1.

Sorenstam is in the first subset of 13 cards, the first time female golfers have appeared in a licensed, mainstream golf card set. First Ladies is one of six subsets in Upper Deck's 102-card golf category.

The subset also has Se Ri Pak, Nancy Lopez, Laura Davies, Karrie Webb, Carin Koch, Natalie Gulbis, Cristie Kerr, Judy Rankin, Beth Bauer, Laura Diaz, Lorena Ochoa and Juli Inkster.

A pack of five cards sells for $2.99.

Upper Deck has a five-year exclusive deal with Tiger Woods, who was featured in the first set of golf cards two years ago.