Paige Renee Spiranac is an American social media personality, golf instructor, and former professional golfer. She played Division 1 college golf at both the University of Arizona and San Diego State University, winning All-Mountain West Conference honors during the 2012–13 and 2013–14 seasons, and leading the Aztecs to their first Mountain West Conference Championship in 2015.
Occupation: Professional golfer since 2015
Born: March 26, 1993, 30 years old and 6 months, Wheat Ridge, Colorado, U.S.
Height: 5′ 6″ (1.68 m)
Breasts-Waist-Hips: 36-23.5-35 in (91-60-89 cm)
Bra size: 32D US / 70D EU
Hair color: Blonde
Eyes color: Green
the LPGA released a new dress code policy that greatly restricts female athletes’ apparel choices on the golf cours.
Spiranac was born in Wheat Ridge, Colorado to a family of Croatiandescent. Her father Dan was a member of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers football team, which won the 1976 national college championship. Her mother Annette was a professional ballerina. Her older sister Lexie also received a college athletic scholarship, competing on Stanford’s track team.
Spiranac grew up in Monument, Colorado, where she practiced gymnastics with hopes of competing in the Olympics. At 12, a twice-broken kneecap derailed her gymnastics dreams and pushed her towards golf. Spiranac split her time between Scottsdale, Arizona, and Monument, Colorado as a home-schooled student so she would have time to train.
Amateur golf career
In her early golf career, Spiranac won five tournaments on Colorado’s junior golf circuit, including the 2010 CWGA Junior Stroke Play, becoming a top-20 junior player in the world, a top-5 college recruit, and a two-time West Region Player of the Year and first-team All-American as a member of the Future Collegians World Tour. This earned her a golf scholarship from the University of Arizona.
In Spiranac’s freshman year, 2011–2012, she competed in three events for the University of Arizona Wildcats during their golf season: the Windy City Intercollegiate, the Pac-12/SEC Challenge, and the Wildcat Invitational. Her best score of the year was a 73, shot twice during the Windy City Intercollegiate.
Spiranac transferred to San Diego State for her sophomore year. Improved success followed in the 2012–2013 season, with First-Team All-Mountain West honors, a fifth-place finish at the Cal Classic, a sixth at the Mountain West Championship, and nineteenth at the NCAA Central Regional Championships. Her 2013–2014 junior season resulted in Second-Team All-Mountain West Honors, along with one top ten finish at the Mountain West Championship. Her senior season ended with the Aztecs’ first Mountain West Conference Championship in school history, which she described as “one of the absolute happiest moments of my life.”
In July 2015 the Colorado Golf Association hosted the 100th Colorado Women’s Golf Association Match Play Championship at Raccoon Creek Golf Course. In a 35-hole title match against Brittany Fan of the University of Colorado Boulder, Spiranac won, finishing nine strokes under par.
Spiranac debuted on the developmental Cactus Tour at the Las Colinas club in Queen Creek, Arizona, in May 2016. In her third start, a sudden-death win at Scottsdale’s Orange Tree Country Club over Hannah O’Sullivan, the then top-ranked amateur in the world, earned Spiranac her only tour win.
She next finished ninth at Stallion Mountain, earning an $800 prize. At the Aliante Golf Club, in June, Spiranac finished 17th out of 52 golfers, her twelve-over-par score netting a $575 prize. In July, she finished eight-over-par for a seventh-place finish at Walnut Creek in Mansfield, Texas, earning $600. Also in July, she made the cut at the Scottish Open in the Ladies’ European Tour.
Spiranac competed in the August/September 2016 CoBank Colorado Women’s Open, placing ninth at one-under-par and earning $1,750.
In September 2016, Spiranac finished in a three-way second-place tie at Legacy in Phoenix, Arizona, her second-best finish of the year, earning $935. A two-under-par final round produced another top-five finish at Trilogy in October and $800. She ended the season with $8,010 in winnings.
In August 2016, Spiranac competed in her first LPGA Qualifying Tournament but did not earn a card to play on the professional circuit. In 2022, discussing Marshall football‘s upset of Notre Dame, she joked “Notre Dame is as bad as I was playing professional golf”.
In 2017, Spiranac signed with Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG) to represent its golf clubs on social media and in television ads. That year, she also became a brand ambassador for 18Birdies to help market its golf app nationwide. She has signed deals with Mizzen + Main and Philip Stein Watches.
In 2021, Spiranac joined global sportsbook operator PointsBet as a brand ambassador, on-air personality, and a “significant” equity stake holder.
In June 2022, Spiranac was named ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’ in the Maxim‘s 2022 Hot 100 list, the first athlete to attain the No.1 spot.
In social media
Spiranac’s self-promotion has received criticism for “sexualizing women’s golf”. She sought to use the exposure to promote her anti-cyberbullying campaign and continue to fight for a woman’s right to feel comfortable in her own skin.
The LPGA Tour introduced a stricter dress code in July 2017, restricting plunging necklines, leggings, and short skirts. This triggered immediate criticism, characterized by the Fox Sports headline “LPGA slammed for ‘slut-shaming’ its own players after new dress code restrictions revealed”. Spiranac responded in a Fortune magazine op-ed piece days after the LPGA announcement.
In February 2020, Spiranac started a podcast called Playing-A-Round with Paige Renee.
Spiranac was married to Steven Tinoco. On March 7, 2022, she announced that she was no longer married.