What comes to mind when we talk about the most exciting sport out there? You might say football or even figure skating, but we doubt that anyone will immediately think of golf! However, it is not actually as dull as some people have in mind. We have a talented golfer here that will surely pique your interest in the sport at the very least. If you have never heard of Paige Spiranac before, get ready because you are in for a treat! By the end of this, we are sure that you will think twice before you ever say that golf is boring.
Ever Since She Was Young
Mind you, Paige Spiranac is not a newbie to the sport at all. As a matter of fact, she has been playing golf since she was a young girl. She trained for years and participated in many competitions back in the day. With a background like that, no one was surprised that she went on to play the sport by the time that she was in college.
Playing On The Collegiate Level
When she was a student at San Diego State University, she helped the team achieve a lot of glories. For one thing, she received various honors at the All-mountain West Conference from 2012 until 2014. Aside from that, she guided the Aztecs to its first women’s golf title in the Mountain West Conference as well!
Active On Social Media
On her Instagram profile, she would post videos of her performing trick shots. In the past, she had a fairly humble fanbase on the internet. Most of them were golf enthusiasts and fans of her athleticism. However, her following has gotten so much bigger since those days. It is not a stretch to call her a social media personality in this day and age!
Do Not Miss Out
It is worth checking out her content, especially if you are interested in or curious about golf. You should hit the ‘Follow’ button on Instagram if you like what you see. This way, you can personally see her photos and life updates! Aside from that, you will also learn a lot of tricks in the field of golf. You are not going to regret this decision.
A Legion Of Followers
As we have said earlier, Paige Spiranac has a sizable following on Instagram. With her good looks and helpful tips, we can see why this is the case. Can you guess how many fans follow her there? The answer to that question would be two million people. Whoa. Were you close or were you off base? At any rate, that is definitely a lot of followers.
What Her Childhood Was Like
Let us get to know her some more. Her parents ushered her into the world on March 26, 1993. Her lineage can be traced back to Croatia! While she was born in the municipality of Wheat Ridge, the family moved to a different town not long after her birth. She grew up in Monument, Colorado instead. However, she also spent a fair amount of time in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Started As A Gymnast
As a child, she trained to be a gymnast. Like her peers, she had her eyes on the prize. She aimed high and dreamed of joining the Olympics in the future. She even skipped level 6! Another testament to her skills was the fact that she received an invitation to spend some time at the prestigious Karolyi Ranch.
Time For A New Chapter
Unfortunately, she did not go on to become an Olympic gymnast. As a matter of fact, she ended up quitting the sport altogether. Her plans were derailed when she broke her kneecap for the second time. After training all her life, she decided to call it quits by the age of 12. We bet that it was rough for her.
A Victim Of Bullying
However, her injuries were not the only thing that pushed her to quit. There was something else that caused her to leave the sport. When she was training to be a gymnast, her peers targeted her. She was bullied for various things. We all know how petty children can be. It is sad that she went through this.
It Offered Her Isolation
She eventually decided to give golf a shot. As you already know, the only thing that golf and gymnastics have in common is their first letter! However, this was not necessarily a bad thing. For one thing, we bet that she liked how isolated it was. After her experience with other gymnasts, this was probably a relief.
A Busy Schedule
When she started to play golf, she spent most of her time between two cities. She lived in Monument, Colorado with her family. However, she had to go to Scottsdale, Arizona, for her training. We are sure that her schedule had been full. To make things a bit easier for her, her parents had her homeschooled.
Her Early Days
Back in those days, she enjoyed a lot of success. Over the course of her junior career, she bagged five tournaments out of 7 tries on the Colorado golf circuit. One of these had been the 2010 Connecticut Women’s Golf Association Junior Stroke Playback. The future seemed very bright for the young golfer.
We already know that Paige Spiranac played golf for the San Diego State University Aztecs. But before this, she actually went to a different college. Her first school had been closer to her hometown! Thanks to her awards and accolades as a junior golfer, she earned a scholarship at the University of Arizona.
Her Freshman Year
During her freshman year, she did not get to play a lot. She only participated in three events as a member of the Arizona Wildcats during her 2011-2012 season. That year, she had the best score of 73. She was able to achieve that score two times when she joined the Windy City Intercollegiate.
Looking For A Change Of Scenery
Paige Spiranac made up her mind to change schools for her sophomore year of college. Why did she leave the University of Arizona for San Diego State University? According to her, she had been craving a change of environment. It was a good thing that she made the right call! Her career improved after that.
She Earned More Success
Compared to her freshman year, she saw more success in the 2012-2013 season. For one thing, she won First-Team All-Mountain West honors, sixth-place honors during the Mountain West Championship, a 19th-place finish at the NCAA Central Regional Championships, and fifth-place honors at the Cal Classic. Was this trend going to keep going for the rest of her college career?
Her Junior Year
So, what was her junior year like? The good news is that it turned out to be yet another good year for her! Paige Spiranac continued to rake in accolades during the 2013-2014 season. Among other things, she bagged Second-Team All-Mountain West Honors! Things were going better than ever before for her.
The Future Was Bright
Aside from that, Paige also earned a top ten finish at the Mountain West Championship. This was not bad at all! Considering that she was still fairly new to the sport, she was actually doing very well. It was clear that there was a bright future waiting for Paige. And now, her senior year was approaching…
Ending It With A Bang
Fortunately, Paige Spiranac did very well during her final year of university. As a matter of fact, it was her best year during her time in college! It ended with a bang as the San Diego State University Aztecs brought home the Mountain West Conference Championship title. It was a first for the school!
Taking Pride In Her Achievement
Together with the rest of the team, Paige made history. We are sure that she had been euphoric when they learned of it. Let us hear it straight from her mouth! Back then, the golfer said that this had been “one of the absolute happiest moments of my life.” We are glad that she felt proud of her achievement!
The 100th CWGA Match Play Championship
In July 2015, the Colorado Golf Association hosted the Colorado Women’s Golf Association Match Play Championship. It was the 100th iteration of the event, and it took place at Raccoon Creek Golf Course. Let us find out how well she fared during the competition. Did she do badly? Did she earn honors?
A Win For Paige
Paige Spiranac had been up against Brittany Fan of the University of Colorado Boulder in a 35-hole title match. She managed to finish the game nine holes under par! With this, the young woman managed to secure her win. Good job! We are glad to see how well she did during the competition.
A Sudden Increase In Followers
Things had been going well for her, but she suddenly received plenty of attention on the internet in 2015. It felt like it came from nowhere! But the truth was that people found out about her thanks to an article on Total Frat Move. In only two days, her Instagram followers blew up from 10,000 to 100,000.
Becoming A Pro Golfer
In 2016, Paige Spiranac joined the ranks of professional golfers. That was the year in which she joined the CoBank Colorado Women’s Open. She received 9th place at one-under-par. We are sure that she was already thrilled to have placed at all, but she also brought home a cash prize of $1,750! Sweet.
Right now, she only has one win to her name. She bagged this title at the Orange Tree Country Club at Scottsdale. If you ask us, you better keep an eye out for this young lady. There is not a single doubt in our mind that she is going to achieve even more amazing stuff in the future. We can’t wait.
Meeting The Man Of Her Dreams
Things changed for Paige when she crossed paths with a man called Steven Tinoco. He was a fan of hers and asked her for a photo. The next day, he sent her a DM on Instagram! He is a personal trainer and minor league baseball player. The two of them eventually started living together in Scottsdale, Arizona.
She Is Off The Market
Steven asked her out on Instagram. After the first date, Paige felt confident that this was the man for her. Among other things, she found it charming that he acted like a gentleman. He got her flowers and opened the door for her. Several weeks later, he proposed to her when they were in Dubai.
Giving Tennis A Shot
After she quit gymnastics, golf had not been her first choice. Paige first wanted to try tennis! She had an aunt who was a professional player and coached her accordingly. Unfortunately, it was not a good fit. When Paige got bored with tennis, she looked for a new sport to play. In the end, she discovered golf.
Looking Up To Ronda Rousey
You would assume that she has a golfer for an idol. However, the truth is that she looks up to Ronda Rousey. We bet that you are already familiar with the judoka and MMA fighter. In the past, Paige has referred to her as a “superwoman.” The golfer said that she wanted to follow in Rousey’s footsteps.
The Price Of A Peek
Sadly, things do not always work out for Paige. Take a look at what happened during a golf tournament in Dubai. She did not give it much thought when she glanced at her phone in the middle of swings. The judges noticed and gave her deductions for it! This might be why she failed to qualify for the next round.
On Twitter Too
While she has a big following on Instagram, she has Twitter too. She is funny, as you can see from this tweet: “Idk if you heard, but I have a podcast. A golf podcast from a girl who’s known for only showing cleavage on the gram…it’s an uphill battle. So yeah, please listen. I’d very much appreciate that!”
She Is A Huge Dog Lover
Aside from that, Paige is also a huge dog lover! Anyone who follows her on Instagram will be able to tell you this. In the past, she has posted a lot of photos with her pet on the social media platform. Among others, she would use the caption, “Puppy Love.” Her dog has been with her ever since he was a puppy.
Receiving Death Threats
The sad truth is that women are harassed on a regular basis. A few years ago, Paige received anonymous messages and phone calls from people who bashed her. They told her that she deserved to die thanks to the “tight, cleavage-baring outfits” that she wore. She said, “I was harassed, my family embarrassed.”
Afraid Of The Camera
Are you surprised to learn that Paige Spiranac is actually camera shy? This is pretty shocking since she is so photogenic! She launched a YouTube channel in the hopes of conquering this fear of hers. Aside from that, she wants to teach people about golf. Her confidence prevented her from doing this in the past.
As A Victim Of Bullying
She has a pretty big following on social media. We are glad that she is using her influence for good. She has partnered with anti-bullying groups like CyberSmile. She has spoken out about her low self-esteem and personal experience with bullying. By doing these things, she hopes to help at least one victim.
Working With Golf Digest
Golf Digest offered Paige a job, although this did not have much to do with her skills on the green. The magazine did not mind that she had yet to win an LPGA tournament. It only wanted her for her good looks. The company wanted to work with her since her presence has increased the traffic of its website.
They Give Her Gifts, Messages And Proposals
Even though she is now off the market, people continue to try their luck. Paige Spiranac often gets messages and presents from her fans! Most of these people happen to be men. Not only that, but she has also received proposals several times in the past. Sorry, guys, but she is not interested!
Meeting Tiger Woods
Paige Spiranac might not be the best golfer in the world right now, but she has met some of the people at the top. There was a time when she learned chipping tricks from Tiger Woods! She posted their photo and said, “Today I met Tiger Woods, and he gave me a chipping lesson. So basically, my life is complete.”
She Is Finally A Married Woman
In 2016, Paige and Steven got engaged. They did not marry right away, however. In fact, they chose to wait for two years before they officially became man and wife. On top of that, they seem to prefer to stay private when it comes to their relationships. She does not even post about him on social media!
Her Family Is Very Athletic
Did you know that the Spiranac family is athletic? We doubt that it came as a shock that she went down the path that she did. Her father played football at the University of Pittsburgh and brought home an NCAA championship. Her mom was a professional ballerina. Lexie, her sister, was a sprinter at Stanford!
Medical Issues From Her Childhood
Paige suffered from a number of medical issues when she was a young girl. She had allergies and severe asthma back in the day. On top of that, she also had a terrible hair condition. These issues made it hard for her to pursue her goal of becoming an Olympic gymnast. Her peers also bullied her for these things.
You Can’t Please Everyone
She might have plenty of fans and followers, but not everyone is fond of her. Let us just say that they do not think that she has what it takes to be a proper golfer. In particular, these haters have expressed anger over the outfits that she wears! They believe that it is disrespectful of her to dress like that since it allegedly does not follow the dress code and traditions of the sport.
She Is A Great Role Model
Paige wants to be a role model for young women all over the globe. One of her goals is to make female athletes feel welcome in the world of golf. It is a male-dominated sport that could use more female presence. In fact, the sport is dominated by white males. This is something that she wants to change.
Gracing The Cover Of Sports Illustrated
We are not surprised to hear that she has appeared in Sports Illustrated in the past. In 2018, Paige Spiranac was featured on the cover of the magazine. There was something that made it so different from the ones that came before her, however. Unlike them, she took her own equipment to the set!
Also Talented At Writing
It comes without saying that she is a great golf player. We all know that she looks good in front of the camera as well. However, not many people seem to know that she is a writer. In 2018, she started to write a monthly column for Golf Magazine. This is something that she still does until now.
Her Sponsorship Deals
In the past, Paige Spiranac has worked on a number of sponsorship deals with various brands. Over the years, she has worked with the likes of Philip Stein Watches, Mizzen + Main, CyberSmile, and 18Birdies. Aside from those brands, the golfer has been on the pages of Golf Digest and Sports Illustrated as well.
Working With PXG
Aside from the aforementioned brands, she also works with golf companies. In 2017, Paige Spiranac started working with Parsons Xtreme Golf, better known as PXG. She represents the popular golf equipment brand on social media and in TV ads. There are four categories that she focuses on: Healthy Living, Growing the Game, Promoting Anti-Bullying, and Inspiring Women.
She Holds A World Record
Here is something that you might never have guessed! Did you know that Paige Spiranac has a Guinness World Record to her name? She shares hit honor with her husband Steve Tinoco and golf player Tony Finau. Together, they broke the record for a golf trick-shot. They did this by beating it by a single catch.
Her Very Own Podcast
If you like to listen to podcasts, you should check out the one that she runs. Paige aired the very first episode on February 7, 2020. The podcast is called Playing-A-Round, while the episode in question is known as “Teeing Off.” It is awesome to see that she is not afraid to try out new things!
Check Out Her YouTube Channel
Don’t worry if you are not big on podcasts. She also runs her very own YouTube channel. It is called “Paige Spiranac- golf, fitness, lifestyle.” If you watch her videos, you are going to see everything from recipes to golfing tips. The one with the most views has 906,000. She now has 163,000 subscribers.
How She Makes Money
The truth is that she does not make a lot of money as a golfer. In 2016, however, he made nearly $2,000 in a single golf competition. But there is no need to worry! She still makes a big salary, thanks to her sponsorships. We are sure that she is also making money through her projects and social media profiles.
She Continues To Compete
Paige Spiranac was invited to join the Genesis Invitational, which took place at the Rivera Country Club in Los Angeles. The event was hosted on February 17. This was yet another opportunity for her to rub shoulders with some of the greatest athletes in the world of golf. We bet that she had a blast!
Her Amazing Physique
It is true that height can be an advantage in certain sports. However, Paige clocks in at an average height. However, some would say that she is pretty tall for a woman at the height of 5’” or 1.68 m. Aside from that, she also attributes her slender physique to her good genes and athleticism.
A Website Of Her Own
You should also take a look at her own website: www.paigespiranac.com. On the website, it says that Paige Spiranac is “a rising golf talent, media personality, and online influencer who’s on a mission to show how much fun golf can be while making a positive impact on the world.” We can’t argue with that!