Paige Spiranac is the OG of the athlete-turned-influencer business model. The 30-year-old is as big of a golf personality as any in the game.
The former division 1 golfer is quite the talented player in her own right. After starting her college career at Arizona, she was an All-Mountain West selection in 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, leading the San Diego State Aztecs to conference titles.
So, why didn’t Paige Spiranac pursue a pro career? Well, she revealed why on her podcast, Playing A Round With Paige.
“So many growing pains. I was burnt out of, I wouldn’t say golf, just dedicating my life to something and not really seeing the results. With gymnastics, it was hard because I was fighting injuries and then with golf — golf is such an interesting sport because you can work out, eat right, practice and still not achieve your goals. That was something for me that I just couldn’t wrap my head around. It also went against everything that my parents ever told me because I come from two athletes. They always said, ‘If you put the work in and you dedicate your life to something, you will be successful.’ But that just wasn’t happening with golf and I was driving myself crazy because I felt like I should be achieving at a much higher level. … I had everything to be a world class golfer, but I just couldn’t put it together and I didn’t know why. It was driving me actually insane.”
That’s ok, though. With over 3.8 million Instagram followers and a plethora of sponsors, Paige Spiranac is making a pretty good living, it would seem. Take a look at her latest Instagram post.
Yup. She’s still got it.