Elite womens golf

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The sport of Golf has become a competitive field for both male and female players alike, especially in recent years, female golfers are increasingly attracting attention and not just for their beauty and skills on the course but their alma mater off of it. Being inspirations to many up and coming and aspiring female golfers, we take a look at some of the well-known female players and their academic and sporting achievements.  

Blair O'Neal

Born in Macomb Illinois, U.S.A. Blair and her family shifted to the state of Arizona. At the tender age of 13, Blair O'Neal started playing for the AGJA (American Junior Golf Association) and found success in multiple events of which are notable included being selected for the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup Team in Spain, and the AGJA Canon Cup Team, placing as a runner-up in the Women's Western Tournament, and securing a third position and a medal at the AJGA Ping Phoenix Junior Championships. Blair O'Neal went on to winning the Womens 5A Arizona State Golf Champion during her high school days. This allowed her to secure a full-scholarship at the Arizona State University, majoring in communications with a minor in sociology and competing in all the women's Sun Devil golf team tournaments while being crowned the NCAA long-drive champion, twice. Blair O'Neal turned professional shortly and gained recognition on the LPGA Symetra tour (Formerly known as The Futures tour) in Asia. However, her financial woes and foot injuries shortened her career. After pursuing a successful modeling career in the meantime and appearing in a reality television competition 'Big Break: Prince Edwards Island' and its sequel ' Big Break Reunion', the latter of which she won, she set out to reignite her golfing career.    

Stacy Lewis

The no. 3 ranked golfer in the world, who has occasionally been ranked no. 1. She received a scholarship at the University of Arkansas. She missed out on her first year of collegiate golfing recovering from a surgery to rectify Scoliosis. She won numerous competitions in her amateur career including the Southeastern Conference Tournament twice, Women's Western Amateur, NCAA Division 1 Championship, National Golf Coaches Association Dinah Shore trophy, the Women's Southern Amateur, LPGA NW Arkansas Championship, and other numerous titles and team match ups before graduating from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor's degree in Finance and Accounting. Lewis turned professional after leading the US team to victory in the Curtis Cup. She won medalist honours to qualify for her first professional tournament, the US Women's Open, which saw her tie in for third place. Lewis again had to, and succeeded in qualifying by finishing as the medalist in the LPGA Qualifying Tournament. in 2011 She won her first professional tournament at theKraft Nabisco Championship, and qualified second for the US Team for the Solheim Cup. In 2012 Stacy Lewis won four tournaments, and in 2013 won three becoming the number 1 Women's golfer in the world. She was unseated four weeks later by Inbee Park. Stacy Lewis later won the Women's British Open later that year. In 2014 she won the North Texas LPGA Shootout, and the ShopRite LPGA Classic and reclaimed the number 1 rank. https://www.firstpointusa.com/blog/2015/06/elite-womens-golf/ https://www.firstpointusa.com/blog/2015/06/elite-womens-golf/She later placed as a runner-up in the US Women's Open and won the Walmart Arkansas Championship along with her second Vare trophy later that year.     Both Blair O'Neal and Stacy Lewis display an elite level of golf at the highest level. Their education and collegiate level of competition proved vital in securing their elite level of sport and professional grooming.  

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