Paige Spiranac turned pro just five years ago, but she has become one of the most famous golf celebrities with 3M followers on Instagram alone. How did a former gymnast manage to be a top golf personality? Here are the key moments during her journey.
1. Born This Way
Born on March 26th, 1993, Paige Spiranac was raised in an athletic family. Spiranac's father was an NCAA football champion, and her older sister competed on Stanford's track team. She definitely inherited the athletic gene from her family.
2. An Unrealized Dream
Before becoming a pro golf player, Paige Spiranac was a gymnast from age 6 to 11. Teen Paige managed to skip level 6 and received the chance to be trained at the Karolyi Ranch. She was so close to her dream—to compete at the Olympics, but things took a sudden turn.
3. A Door Closed
Her twice-broken kneecap was the decisive factor that ended her gymnastics career at age twelve. Additionally, she suffered from bullying at school, which also took a toll mentally. Finally, she decided to make a change.
4. A Window Opened
After she recovered, Paige turned to golf because she loved the solitude. To adapt to the intensive training schedule, she had to split her time between Scottsdale in Arizona and her home in Colorado. Thanks to that, the teenage golfer also started homeschooling, away from the bullies at school.
5. Almost Sweeping Junior Tour
Among her first seven junior golf tournaments, the talented amateur became a champion five times. All of them were held across Colorado, including the Connecticut Women's Golf Association Junior Stroke Playback Championships. Everyone was stunned by this unknown blond. Later on, her career continued to take off.
6. Budding Freshman
The talented golfer received dozens of offers from universities across the country. She had to make a hard decision between San Diego State University and the University of Arizona. During her freshman year, she went to the latter and took part in just three events for the Wildcats because her priority was to prepare for the LPGA. Over the year, her best score was 73, and she managed that twice in her university career.
7. Transfer From Arizona
When she became a sophomore, Paige transferred to San Diego State for a new environment to develop her potential to the fullest. Her consistent training paid off in the 2012/2013 season. The stellar golfer ranked fifth at the Cal Classic, sixth at the Mountain West Championships, and even played at the NCAA Central Regional Championships that year.
8. Impressive Junior Year
Spiranac went on to make her university proud of her. She made it into the top ten at the Mountain West Championship in her junior year once again. Her potential competitors began to become aware of this ambitious young player. However, she wouldn't stop there.
9. Reaching Her Peak
When it came to her final year in university, she was under the tremendous pressure of leading San Diego State to a new high. Her confidence and leadership inspired her team to win their first-ever Mountain West Conference Championship. The inspirational success was the beginning of her heyday.
10. Unprecedented Challenge
The Colorado Golf Association held its centennial Match Play Championship at Raccoon Creek in July of 2015. Paige competed against the best players in the region in a prestigious tournament, one in which she had never played. Unbelievably, Paige defeated her rival, Brittany Fan, with nine under par in a 35 hole title match.
11. A Rising Star
The gorgeous blonde started an Instagram account as a way to record her golf career. In 2015, a guy saw her photos and expressed his love for her in an article on Total Frat Move. Suddenly, it started a snowball of media attention, and her followers increased from 10,000 to 100,000 over the course of only two days. That number skyrocketed to 260,000 in September when Golf Digest interviewed her.
12. Why Follow Her?
Suddenly, everyone was following the new social media star even though they hadn't previously liked golf at all. At the start, people came to admire her stick shots, as a result of which her social media thrived. She also shared many golf tips and showed us how to become an amateur player from a green hand. All in all, she became one of the most famous golf personalities on social media.
13. Endless Criticism
Paige's popularity became controversial somehow. Some believed she'd amassed so much public attention purely for her appearance and tight outfits rather than her accomplishments. Others questioned whether her clothes were too revealing to play golf. She felt harassed after a heckler asked her "kill herself" for her outfit choices.
14. Turning Pro
2016 marked a turning point in her career when she officially became a pro. In her first major event that year, she took 9th place and won around $2,000 in prize money. At the Scottsdale Orange Tree Country Club, she soon attained her maiden victory. With a promising pro career, Paige unexpectedly made a controversial mistake.
15. Cellphone Addiction?
In 2015, the professional golfer unintentionally disclosed a hint of unprofessionalism during the Dubai Ladies Masters. During her round, she checked her mobile phone on the course. Unfortunately, judges discovered her behavior, so she lost a few points and the chance to play in the next round. At the start of her career, Paige had written a new chapter to her romantic story.
16. She Met The One
Millions of people adore her and follow her on social media, yet Paige Spiranac has not been available for quite some time. Spiranac met Steven Tinoco at a junior golf course when both of them were in relationships. Not interested in an engaged woman, Steven rejected her flirtations. However, once they began to date, things changed quickly.
17. Going Through Ups And Downs Together
Once the two were together, they felt strong chemistry between them and have always been strong supporters of each other. Paige told the New York Post that they had been facing things together and that he is so understanding. The sweet pair got engaged in 2016 in Dubai and married two years later.
18. Friend of Tiger Woods
Very few people know that the budding pro has made acquaintance with some of the most acclaimed golf players around, like Tiger Woods. During the encounter, the experienced player taught her some chipping skills and inspired her tremendously. Paige excitedly posted their photo online and said her life was complete after the marvelous meetup.
19. Hot Endorser
As a social media and golf personality, she has never lacked endorsement offers. At present, she has worked with CyberSmile, 18Birdies, Mizzen + Main, Philip Stein Watches, and PXG. Her influence not only brings herself massive profits but also helps to promote golf to the public.
20. A Consistent Cause
Though she's received lots of negative comments, Paige is proud to call herself a rising golf talent, media personality, and influencer. Almost a mascot of golf, she has been informing people about how exciting golfing is and promoting physical and mental well-being. We are sure she will make the best use of her influence and do good for society.