Paige Spiranac


paigePaige Spiranac is an American professional golf player and instagram star with over 600k followers.

BirthdayMarch 26, 1993

Born: Wheat Ridge, Colorado, United States

Famous for:  Golfer, Sports

Instagram: @_paige.renee


 

History

Paige Spiranac was born to Dan and Annette Spiranac.  She has a sister called Lexie Spiranac.

She grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona and studied on the Mesa Distance Learning Program, a distance learning program for grades 7-12 sponsored by Mesa Public Schools that offers students worldwide a US-based education leading to a high school diploma. The program initially catered for those students in Arizona who could not attend a local high school. After school she attended college at the University of Arizona.

Paige was a former competitive gymnast, who spent time at the Karolyi Ranch in Huntsville, Texas, site of the U.S. team training.  Her father played free safety on the University of Pittsburgh’s national championship team in 1976, while her mother was a professional ballet dancer.  Her sister Lexie has competed in track and rowing at Stanford.

She started playing golf at a young age and qualified for the Junior PGA Championship on four occasions and was a three-time U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur participant.  She also competed as a member of the Junior America’s Cup and the Colorado Junior All-Star teams.  She continue to play gold through her university years.

Paige Spiranac attended San Diego University from 2011 where she has majored in communications in 2015 and helped the golf team win the Mountain West Conference Golf Championship.  She played various golf events throughout her university years.

Spiranac first made a name for herself when her college golf team’s trick shots video went viral and amassed more than 1.5 million views on YouTube.

In 2015 Sportsgrid crowned her “The Hottest Female Athlete”.  Her following on Instagram increased immensely over the year since she graduated from University, which now stands at over 600k.

In 2015 she attended the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters event in her professional debut.  She received some criticism who stated she was only selected due to her social/internet popularity.   She only made 101st in a 107-player field.  Paige stated after the event she was going to re-evaluate her golf career.


In December 2016 she took part in the The 11th Dubai Ladies Masters on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club.  At a press conference before the tournament she broke down and revealed her ordeal of cyber bullying after her poor performance in the same event the previous year.

In July 2017 the LPGA Tour announced a new dress code policy that cracked down on athletic wear.  Paige hit out against the new rules insisting it singles out ‘curvier, fuller-figured’ women.


 

Photo Gallery

*Photo credits provided in references section where possible.  View a list of photographers here.


 

Interviews

http://www.golfdigest.com

This may sound silly, but I learned never to check my phone right before teeing off. Nothing is more important than the round you are about play, so the messages can wait. Golf is hard enough, so I’m going to work on clearing my mind of outside influences once I arrive at the course.

I learned that I want to continue pursuing a career in golf. I am fully aware that my presence in the field wasn’t based on just my playing ability. I’m a good golfer — good enough to play at San Diego State, and good enough that my goal is still to make it on the LPGA Tour. But I’m not there yet. So when the tournament organizers called me in July saying they were following me on Instagram and that I was someone who could help bring attention to the game through their tournament in Dubai, I knew this was an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down. But I also knew that my game wasn’t quite ready because I had just turned pro and hadn’t even played in a professional tournament yet. In college, my time was split between schoolwork and golf, but now I am completely dedicated to working as hard as I can to make it on tour. I have always been known as an extremely hard worker, which I attribute in part to my background as a gymnast.


 

References

[1] http://www.goaztecs.com
[2] http://fabwags.com/paige-spiranac-sexiest-female-golfer/
[3] http://www.golfdigest.com/story/
[4] http://www.nydailynews.com/
[5] http://www.news.com.au/sport/
[6] http://thenut.golf
[7] http://golfdigestme.com/ [Photos by: Farooq Salik]


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