The Ladies Professional Golf Association or LPGA is an organization that has been showcasing the best of women in golf for years. In fact, according to its official website, LPGA was founded way back in 1950. And it is said to maintain a “strong focus on charity through its tournaments, its grassroots junior and women's programs, and its LPGA Foundation.”
Since its beginnings, the LPGA Tour has now grown extensively with as many as 530 LPGA Tour members and 220 active competitors. Currently, the association also boasts of 125 international members who represent as many as 32 countries.
And among the LPGA members, there are a number of women who are known to be just as skilled as they are hot. Just check out these photos:
20 Ryann O'Toole
Ryan O’ Toole is one professional athlete who has enjoyed quite a long career with the LPGA. In fact, she has been actively playing since her rookie year back in 2011. And to date, her estimated career earnings are around $1.9 million.
According to her website, golf isn’t the only sport that O’Toole enjoys. In fact, she’s also known to do some wakeboarding, surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, running, and basketball.
19 Cristie Kerr
Cristie Kerr is one golfer who is as stunning as she is outspoken. In fact, recently, Kerr talked about the need to address the pay gap between male and female golfers after the U.S. Women’s National Team achieved back-to-back World Cup victories.
During an interview with YFi PM, Kerr remarked, “The [LPGA] may not be exactly the same product as the PGA Tour from a TV perspective, from the money perspective...but we are an amazing product. I’m not saying we deserve equal because we’re not the same product yet but we need to close the gap.”
18 Veronica Felibert
According to the LPGA, Veronica Felibert happens to be a “self-proclaimed gym rat.” And based on this photo, we can tell that she certainly takes care of her physique. Felibert made her debut with the association way back in 2012.
Since then, this 5’7 professional golfer has already amassed estimated career earnings of $153,692. Aside from golf, Felibert enjoys “running, cooking, spending time with friends and family, shopping, eating sushi, dancing and watching movies.”
17 Jaye Marie Green
In the world of golf, Jaye Marie Green has been gaining a lot of attention since the beginning. Back in 2011, she competed as an amateur in the Symetra Tour’s 2011 Daytona Beach Invitational ended up posting a career-best runner-up finish. Green proceeded to join the LPGA back in 2014.
And to date, her career earnings are estimated to be around $1.2 million.
16 Sharmila Nicollet
Sharmila Nicollet is a professional golfer who hails from Bangalore, India. In 2018, she talked to LPGA about how “nice” it is to have more Indian golfers in the industry, saying, “To see many Indians out there performing on a world stage like the PGA and LPGA has changed the perspective of golf in India.”
According to a report from Kreedon, Nicollet also happens to be a National sub-junior swimming Champion. Moreover, she happens to be fluent in several languages. These include English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Urdu, Kannada and French.
15 Melissa Reid
Melissa Reid is a hot professional golfer who recently decided to come out regarding her sexuality.
During an interview posted on the website Athlete Ally, the six-time Ladies European Tour winner explained, “I've just reached a point in my life where I feel like my true, authentic self. If my story helps one person, then I feel like it's a good cause.”
14 Sandra Gal
Sandra Gal first played golf when she was only five years old. Since then, it’s safe to say that she’s just kept swinging. Gal joined the LPGA way back in 2008.
And to date, her career earnings are estimated to be as much as $4.3 million. According to her website, Gal has also amassed several sponsors, including Callaway, Trader Joe’s, Acer, Levelwear, Biosteel, Esmark, Inc., and Mercedes-Benz.
13 Paula Creamer
Paula Creamer is one professional golfer who has been enjoying quite at immense success since her LPGA rookie year in 2005. In fact, estimates already put her career earnings at $12.1 million.
According to a report from Golf Week, Creamer currently has her sights set on the 2020 Summer Olympics where she hopes to represent the United States. Furthermore, Creamer said during an interview, “My mentality is not just wanting to have fun out there. It’s wanting to win.”
12 Michelle Wie
Michelle Wie is one name that has been synonymous with women’s golf for quite some time now. After all, she is a five-time LPGA winner. Recently, however, she announced that she would be sitting out the rest of the 2019 season to give her wrist the proper time to heal.
Taking to IG, she explained, “After doing everything I could to play this year, I have made the decision to take the rest of the year off from competitive golf. My team and I believe that this will give me the best chance to finally get healthy.”
11 Belen Mozo
Belen Mozo is a stunning Spanish professional golfer who made her rookie debut in the LPGA back in 2011.
Unfortunately, Mozo had recently decided to end her career as a tour player due to a hip injury. According to a post on her blog, Mozo wrote, “So here I am today, announcing to you that I have decided to seek other personal opportunities outside of the LPGA tour and competitive golf. I have made peace with the fact that I will no longer compete at an elite level and I feel great about it.”
10 Maria Verchenova
Maria Verchenova is a professional golfer who also became the first Russian to be named a full-time member of the Ladies European Tour. Moreover, according to a report from Golf Digest, Verchenova also happens to be a former ballerina.
And if you follow women’s golf regularly, you would know that Verchenova is often known for her amazing headwear.
9 Lexi Thompson
It seems Lexi Thompson has managed to stay at the top of her game since she made her debut in the LPGA back in 2012. To date, her career earnings are estimated to be $9.8 million. Moreover, she currently ranks third in the Rolex Ranking. Moreover, she’s had 66 career top 10s and 11 career victories so far.
Back in 2018, Thompson also took to IG to share about her struggles with body image and what she’s learned since. In fact, she wrote, “Your body is your body, it is beautiful so embrace it.”
8 Blair O’Neal
Blair O’Neal is a hot, blonde professional golfer who also happens to be a model. And in the past, O’Neal has been named as “One of the Hottest 50 Athletes of All-Time” by Sports Illustrated.
Aside from this, she has also been named among the “Hottest Golfers” by Golf Digest, “Top 10: Fit Golfers” by Golf Channel” and “The 18 Most Beautiful Women in Golf” by Golf Magazine. Moreover, she has also appeared in the Swimsuit edition of Sports: Illustrated.
7 Carly Booth
Scottish professional golfer Carly Booth turned pro way back in 2009. Just a few years later in 2012, Booth ended up winning both the Swiss Open and Scottish Open. “Earlier this year, Booth faced some harsh criticism when it was announced that she secured a sponsorship deal with Golf Saudi.
According to The Guardian, Booth revealed the deal on the same that Saudi Arabia announced a mass execution of 37 citizens due to alleged terrorism-related crimes.
6 Sydnee Michaels
Sydnee Michaels is a professional golfer who has absolutely been turning heads on and off the golf course. Since she made her debut in the LPGA in 2012, Michaels’ career earnings have already reached an estimated $974,202.
On the other hand, Men’s Journal has also named her as one of the Sexiest Female Athletes of 2013.
5 Natalie Gulbis
Natalie Gulbis is a professional golfer who has been in the LPGA since 2002. Moreover, her career earnings have amounted to around $4.9 million so far. However, life as an athlete hasn’t exactly been easy and blissful. For starters, Gulbis has already had to have four back surgeries since 2008. As a result, she has had to take some “mini-retirements.”
Moreover, she told WTOL, “I usually think it's going to be the end of my career, but I’ve been really blessed, and quite frankly really lucky that the surgeries have been great.”
4 Jessica Korda
In the beginning, professional golfer Jessica Korda didn’t seem to be getting much luck on the golf course. In fact, she spent her first seven years as a pro having a lackluster performance. For starters, she only finished top 10 in a major twice in 35 tries. Worst, she also missed the cut 15 times.
Nonetheless, it seems that things are finally headed in the right direction for her. According to LPGA, Korda also remarked, “I just feel a little more relaxed now. What I’ve learned to do differently is nothing. I used to change my routine.”
3 Nelly Korda
Nelly Korda may have only made her LPGA debut back in 2017, but she’s already letting everyone know that she means business.
In fact, she currently has a Rolex Ranking of nine and has already achieved two career victories and 21 career top 10s. Meanwhile, her career earnings are currently estimated to be around $2.4 million.
2 Paige Spiranac
Paige Spiranac is a professional golfer who also happens to look extremely good in a swimsuit. In fact, she has posed for Sports Illustrated while wearing several amazing suits. Spiranac started her golf career after decided to retire from gymnastics at age 12.
And when she attended San Diego State University, she became the captain of the women’s golf team.
1 Anna Rawson
Anna Rawson is a professional golfer who also happens to be a professional model. In fact, you only need to check out her Instagram to see her amazing photos. Rawson made her LPGA Tour debut back in 2008.
And aside from pursuing both sports and fashion, the Australian beauty also happens to be the co-founder of the superfood supplement company Seedlyfe.
Reference: LPGA Official Website, Ryann O'Toole Official Website, Yahoo Finance, Kreedon, Golf Week, Golf Digest & The Guardian