15 Influential Women in Golf That Are Growing The Game

15 Women That Make It Cool To Pursue A Career In Golf

From brand ambassador to professional golfer, these women are leaving their mark on the game of golf.

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Golf is a male dominant sport, but there are a lot of women who are making waves in the sports. These women making it cool for girls out there that aspire for a career in golf. They show that women of all kinds of backgrounds can make a mark in a sport that for a long time was dominated by men. A time when men received the most recognition.

These days are slowly being put before us, and there are women out there that are helping to grow the game.

These women are leaving a mark on golf and changing the way we view the game:

1. Michelle Wie

Michelle Wie has been making a mark in the game of golf for years. She was the youngest female golfer to compete in a PGA TOUR event. She is a major winner and she started her career at the age of 16 years old.

2. Cheyenne Woods

Cheyenne Woods is more than just Tiger Woods’ niece. She is a winner on the Ladies European Tour and a role model to young girls everywhere. She attended Wake Forest University and started her professional career in 2012.

3. Lexi Thompson

Lexi Thompson’s career is impressive. She has 13 professional careers wins including a major. She won the ANA Inspiration in 2014. She also has two brothers who are professional golfers as well. She comes from a talented family.

4. Blair O’Neal

Blair O’Neal is one of golf’s greatest spokesperson. She golfed at the University of Arizona And now she co-host the School Of Golf On Golf Channel. She uses her influence in golf to encourage more young women to pursue the game of golf.

5. Paige Spiranac

Paige is well-known for her social media influence. She is also one of golf's biggest ambassadors, and she shows that women come in all shapes and sizes. She uses her influence to speak out against cyberbullying, which she has been a victim of too.

6. Danielle Kang

Danielle Kang is a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour, and one of the wins being the 2017 Women’s PGA Championship. She played at Pepperdine University for two years. She is always a crowd favorite to watch and to root for.

7. Lucy Robson

Lucy is a golf sensation on social media. She is a brand ambassador for Puma and Cobra. You will always see some cool golf videos on her Instagram page.

8. Nelly Korda

Nelly Korda is the younger of the two Korda sisters on Tour, but her young career is just as impressive as her sister's. She has won twice in the LPGA Tour and she was in contention for two of the five majors last season. She has one of the most upbeat personalities on the Tour.

9. Jessica Korda

Jessica is the older of the two Korda sister's and she has 5 career wins. She was in contention for three of the five majors last season. She and her sister come from a very athletic family, their father is a retired tennis player and their brother is a current tennis player.

10. Chelsea Pezzola

Chelsea is another one of golf's popular social media talents. She is currently a media personality in golf.

11. Alexandra O’Laughlin

Alexandra is another media personality in golf. She is a reporter for the golf channel. She is most prominent in her coverage of the LPGA Tour, but you can see her covering some of the bigger events on the PGA Tour.

12. Amanda Balionis

Amanda is a reporter for CBS Sports. She covers any and everything from College Football to the Super Bowl, but she is most famously known for her coverage of golf on CBS.

13. Teryn Gregson

Teryn Gregson is a reporter for PGA Tour Live. She fixture that fans are used to seeing and she travels around with the Tour every weekend to give us post round updates. Her round recaps and takeaways are something that fans look forward to seeing.

14. Tania Tare

Tania Tare is one of the best trick shot artists in golf. She has cool moves and she is the most creative. Her Instagram is full of awesome trick shot videos.

15. Lydia Ko

Lydia Ko has one of the most impressive careers for a golfer her age. She has 20 professional wins and two of those being majors. She is the youngest person to win an LPGA Tour event and the youngest to win her first event. She is the definition of small, but fierce.

From brand ambassador to professional golfer, these women are leaving their mark on the game of golf. They are changing the way that we view golf. It is showing that men are not the only ones gaining popularity in this game.

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To The Coach Who Took Away My Confidence

You had me playing in fear.
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"The road to athletic greatness is not marked by perfection, but the ability to constantly overcome adversity and failure."

As a coach, you have a wide variety of players. You have your slow players, your fast players. You have the ones that are good at defense. You have the ones that are good at offense. You have the ones who would choose to drive and dish and you have the ones that would rather shoot the three. You have the people who set up the plays and you have the people who finish them. You are in charge of getting these types of players to work together and get the job done.

Sure, a coach can put together a pretty set of plays. A coach can scream their head off in a game and try and get their players motivated. A coach can make you run for punishment, or they can make you run to get more in shape. The most important role of a coach, however, is to make the players on their team better. To hopefully help them to reach their fullest potential. Players do make mistakes, but it is from those mistakes that you learn and grow.

To the coach the destroyed my confidence,

You wanted to win, and there was nothing wrong with that. I saw it in your eyes if I made a mistake, you were not too happy, which is normal for a coach. Turnovers happen. Players miss shots. Sometimes the girl you are defending gets past you. Sometimes your serve is not in bounds. Sometimes someone beats you in a race. Sometimes things happen. Players make mistakes. It is when you have players scared to move that more mistakes happen.

I came on to your team very confident in the way that I played the game. Confident, but not cocky. I knew my role on the team and I knew that there were things that I could improve on, but overall, I was an asset that could've been made into an extremely great player.

You paid attention to the weaknesses that I had as a player, and you let me know about them every time I stepped onto the court. You wanted to turn me into a player I was not. I am fast, so let me fly. You didn't want that. You wanted me to be slow. I knew my role wasn't to drain threes. My role on the team was to get steals. My role was to draw the defense and pass. You got mad when I drove instead of shot. You wanted me to walk instead of run. You wanted me to become a player that I simply wasn't. You took away my strengths and got mad at me when I wasn't always successful with my weaknesses.

You did a lot more than just take away my strengths and force me to focus on my weaknesses. You took away my love for the game. You took away the freedom of just playing and being confident. I went from being a player that would take risks. I went from being a player that was not afraid to fail. Suddenly, I turned into a player that questioned every single move that I made. I questioned everything that I did. Every practice and game was a battle between my heart and my head. My heart would tell me to go to for it. My heart before every game would tell me to just not listen and be the player that I used to be. Something in my head stopped me every time. I started wondering, "What if I mess up?" and that's when my confidence completely disappeared.

Because of you, I was afraid to fail.

You took away my freedom of playing a game that I once loved. You took away the relaxation of going out and playing hard. Instead, I played in fear. You took away me looking forward to go to my games. I was now scared of messing up. I was sad because I knew that I was not playing to my fullest potential. I felt as if I was going backward and instead of trying to help me, you seemed to just drag me down. I'd walk up to shoot, thinking in my head, "What happens if I miss?" I would have an open lane and know that you'd yell at me if I took it, so I just wouldn't do it.

SEE ALSO: The Coach That Killed My Passion

The fight to get my confidence back was a tough one. It was something I wish I never would've had to do. Instead of becoming the best player that I could've been, I now had to fight to become the player that I used to be. You took away my freedom of playing a game that I loved. You took away my good memories in a basketball uniform, which is something I can never get back. You can be the greatest athlete in the world, but without confidence, you won't go very far.

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My Pre-Championship Picks: The Masters

A tradition unlike any other, because I just started it.

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Alright friends, its major championship season in golf, and with sports betting now legal, I am here to give you the best and worst picks for each major in 2019. First up, The Masters. Let's do this!


1. Top Pick To Win #1: Rory Mcilroy

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The one major left to complete the grand slam, Rory is the top pick to win this year's Masters. His putting is back to a level that can win major championships, and the win at the Players definitely proved that so. Driving will always be his strength, it just depends on if he can convert with putting on those slick greens.

2. Top Pick To Win #2: Justin Rose

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The current World #2 Justin Rose is always a good pick to make regardless of the major being played. Never really any shortcoming in his game, he will definitely be a threat on this golf course, and after losing to Sergio Garcia in 2017, he's out for redemption out here. His ability to hit greens will serve him well here, but we're not sure what's gonna happen until the Back 9 Sunday afternoon for the 2013 U.S. Open champion.

3. Top Pick To Win #3: Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods

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The Big Cat is looking good heading into the first major of the year. With driver now in control, Tiger can now attack Augusta National however he sees fit, but at the end day, it's whether or not the putter will cooperate. He loves the big moments, as the 14 previous majors show, but is it time he adds #15 to his resume?

4. Top Pick To Not Win #1: Patrick Reed

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The current defending champion Patrick Reed is in a little bit of shambles right now. After a horrid missed cut at Valspar, his performance at the Match Play Championship wasn't much better. Getting some second-hand advice from David Leadbetter, it's gonna be interesting how this year progresses for Reed, but he will not be winning the Masters back-to-back.

5. Top Pick To Not Win #2: Dustin Johnson

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Yes, unfortunately, World #1 Dustin Johnson is also on my list of who will not win the Masters. Nothing against DJ, but Augusta is a draw hitters paradise, and DJ now plays a nice little fade into everything now, which makes the task of winning Augusta just a little bit harder. I predict a good finish from DJ regardless of this fact, but I can assume he will not be winning the green jacket either.

6. Top Pick To Not Win #3: Matt Kuchar

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Matt Kuchar has had himself a hell of a year already, and it's only April. However, with hitting it the average distance with almost a guaranteed fade every time, he will not be winning The Masters either. I can definitely see other majors fitting Kuchar this year, but its a foregone conclusion that he won't be winning this one.

7. Dark-horse Pick #1: Jordan Spieth

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Spieth's disappointing 18 months of golf is starting look more promising, and coming to a place to where you won really helps. He is always a threat at Augusta National, let's just hope #12 doesn't get him again.

8. Dark-horse Pick #2: Brooks Koepka

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The literal definition of what the modern golf game has evolved into, never sleep on Brooks Koepka when a major is going on. He's like Ian Poulter in the Ryder Cup, it just seems he doesn't care until he steps into the big tournaments, and although Brooks is a fader of the golf ball, he'll be able to out power the course regardless.

9. Dark-horse Pick #3: Rickie Fowler

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At 30 years old, is it Rickie Fowler's time to shine in a major championship? I certainly hope so. If he can do what he did at the Waste Management earlier this year, he will be a huge threat coming into Augusta. So many storylines to be made, we just have to wait and see what happens.

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