Paige Spiranac went from college golfer to internet sensation overnight. She is now one of the biggest social influencers in the sport, and commands the biggest following in the female game.
It must have been strange for Paige, one minute you’re finishing college assignments and the next you’re gaining attention from every corner of golf. The sport was in need of a personality to take us away from the stuffy reserve of chino-wearing men, and place it in a broader realm. A way of proving that golf can be “cool.”
Now Paige has 1 million Instagram followers–ten times the number of teenage sensation Lydia Ko. This places her in the unique position of commanding more influence than some of the best professionals in the women’s game. Paige’s decision to come to terms with this “responsibility” has led to several changes. Her team now appreciate the importance of diversifying her offering, limiting her glam status, and using this platform to affect greater change in the golf space.
Expect to see a different side to Paige as her career progresses. Admittedly, there will always be a place for her to gain attention with her looks but this will develop. She will try to be the change she wants to see in golf, and that starts with giving back, as we are starting to see. See below: Paige’s journey from college golfer to household name
RF) Karim Benzema
Ok, ok, didn't feature in France. And an absolute weapon if you ask us. But, the Frenchman still was the joint-fourth-highest scorer in La Liga, with 24 goals. And helped Real Madrid to a Champions League success... not exactly bad. Source: Getty Images
San Diego State
Paige is on the edge of going huge. Source : Instagram
RM) Henrikh Mkhitaryan
With the talent in Bundesliga - ahem, Bayern Munich - and to still be voted the best player in the league amongst all those chaps, shows how brilliant the Armenian was last season. Let's hope he find his feet over in England. Source: ArmNews
The Girl Next Door
Paige's love for comics and self-proclaimed nerd status endears her to fans. Source : Instagram
A man mountain if there ever was one, and the Englishman is painfully underrated in today's footballing landscape. Heskey was the original, strong, big man up top and helped to define that role, and when you look back on his career there's just something you can't bring yourself to hate. Source: Getty Images
The Links at Petco Park
So very millennial.
Paige focuses on her commitment to succeed as a professional golfer. Source : Instagram
Golf Digest Cover
A huge moment. Paige becomes the third women to appear on the cover of Golf Digest in as many years. Source : Instagram
Run of the mill, average, every day player in alot of senses. But Chris Brunt seems to be ever consistent when he's playing for the Baggies, and it's hard not to enjoy watching him play given how much of a game-changer he can be. As a Wolves fan, this one is particularly painful. Source: YouTube
The lad who was told he wouldn't make it because his height resembled an oompa loompa as opposed to a footballer. After a bright start to his career, SWP kind of dwindled out of the spotlight and ran off to the MLS to be with his much more successful brother. Still likeable, though. Source: manchestereveningnews
Only words that come to our heads here, are Tina Turner's 'simply the best'. Image Source: Media Tumblr
Leadbitter is the ultimate underdog story of someone who was born in small surroundings but worked hard and fought to get to where he is today. The midfielder is a fan favourite at Boro, but actually loving him as a player is different because good old Grant doesn't really have much to him. Source: Gazette Live
Craig Gardner, by all accounts, is pretty forgettable in the footballing world. Hasn't done too much of note over his career and has kind of bounced from place to place without settling, but once again he has the ability to grab the attention and hearts of supporters. Odd. Source: Football FanCast
Sticking To Formula
Paige says she has stopped caring what people think and commits to not letting opinion affect her posting. Source : Instagram
...finding ways to walk golf into a social life.