Paige Spiranac: Became World’s Hottest Golfer After Growing Up Bullied by Meangirls
Today, Paige Spiranac is widely recognized as the “World’s Hottest Golfer.” She boasts over 3.2 million followers on Instagram (that’s more than Tiger Woods!) and over 260,000 subscribers on YouTube.
She has also appeared in Sports Illustrated‘s iconic swimsuit issue and has been featured in Golf Digest.
Yet, despite all of the success she has enjoyed as an adult, can you believe the beautiful Ms. Spiranac grew up bullied by her peers?
Seeing her images today, I know it’s hard to believe. But, it’s true.
Fast Facts About Paige Spiranac
- Full Name: Paige Renee Spiranac
- Birthdate: March 26, 1993
- Birthplace: Wheat Ridge, Colorado
- Hometown: Monument, Colorado/Scottsdale, Arizona
- College: University of Arizona/San Diego State University
- Professional Sports: Former Catus Tour Pro
- Current Job: Social Media Influencer/Golf Digest Columnist
Paige Spiranac’s Measurements
- Height: 5’6″ (68cm)
- Weight: 121 lbs. (55kg)
- Bra Size: 34DD
- Measurements: 36-25-35
Paige Spiranac Net Worth
Paige Spiranac is worth approximately $3 million. Not only does she have brand deals with Parsons Xtreme Golf, 18 Birdies, Mizzen + Main, and Phillip Stein Watches, but also she earns an estimated $14,000 per post across her various social media accounts.
Paige Spiranac Biography
Paige Spiranac was born to Croatian-descent parents Dan and Annette Spiranac. Her father was a member of the University of Pittsburgh’s 1976 national champion football team (playing with future NFL superstar Tony Dorsett), while her mother was a professional ballet dancer. She also has an older sister named Lexie, who earned a track scholarship to Stanford University.
Spiranac was born in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, but grew up in nearby Monument, Colorado. She was such a talented child gymnast that she jumped from level six to Elites, a stunning achievement in the gymnastics world.
Her quick rise earned Spiranac an invitation to the famed Karoli Ranch, but she struggled to fit in with her peers.
A scalp condition caused her to lose her hair and adopt an odd bowl cut, causing the other gymnasts to tease and harass her. A kneecap injury soon followed, which ended her dreams of becoming an Olympic gymnast.
Spiranac’s haircut, which she adopted to minimize her hair loss, frequently made people mistake her for a boy. She also had severe asthma that caused her parents to forbid her from visiting houses where people had pets.
She refused to go to sleepovers with her friends because her parents would often check in on her to ensure she wasn’t having an asthma attack. Spiranac told Golf.com, “I was this weird kid with a bunch of problems, and they all shunned me.”
“I would sit down at a table, and every other kid would stand up and move. At recess, one of their favorite games was to throw rocks at me. It was like in a movie, except that was my life.”
After finishing sixth grade, Paige’s parents decided to homeschool her.
However, Spiranac’s life wasn’t smooth sailing after getting away from her school bullies. She threw herself into gymnastics, sometimes training up to seven hours a day.
The stress caused by such hard training contributed to her knee injury. Two broken kneecaps forced Paige to quit gymnastics.
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Switch to Golf
Spiranac later told Golf.com, “Being an athlete was so important to my self-identity that even at that age, I knew I needed to find another sport quickly.”
Paige’s aunt, a professional tennis player, suggested her niece take up the game. However, Spiranac wasn’t thrilled with the idea. Instead, Paige’s father wanted her to try golf.
She found that the game was a great fit. Paige quickly committed to becoming a professional golf player.
Paige Spiranac Golf Career
Spiranac played junior golf in her home state of Colorado, earning a top-20 ranking. She ranked no. 5 among college recruits in 2011, and she won an athletic scholarship to the University of Arizona.
Paige only played in three tournaments as a college freshman in the 2011-12 season. Her best score was 73, and she decided to transfer to San Diego State.
Spiranac thrived in California. During the 2012-13 season, she earned a First-Team All-Mountain West nod. Though she slid to Second-Team All-Mountain West in her junior year, Paige helped her team win their first Mountain West Conference Championship in school history during her senior year.
In July of 2015, Spiranac also won the Colorado Women’s Match Play Championship. She defeated Brittany Fan in the title match.
Paige got her first taste of professional golf when the Dubai Ladies Masters (Ladies European Tour) invited her to be a guest starter in 2015. Though Spiranac had yet to play professional golf, her social media presence had turned her into a well-known figure in the golf world.
In 2016, Paige Spiranac joined the developmental Cactus Tour with hopes of eventually earning an LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) card. In her third tournament, she won the title at Scottsdale’s Orange Tree Country Club. It was her first (and only) professional win.
Spiranac won a total of $8,010 in her only season on the Cactus Tour.
Paige competed in the LPGA Qualifying Tournament in the fall of 2016, but she failed to earn her card.
Paige Spiranac Social Media Stardom
The Smoke Show
Calling herself the “OG Insta golf girl,” Spiranac’s rise to social media stardom began when she posted videos of her pulling off trick shots on Instagram.
Web site TotalFratMove.com proclaimed, “The Whole World is About to Fall in Love With Paige Renee, the Smoke Show Glfer from SDSU.”
They were right.
She quickly gained thousands of followers, got an endorsement deal with Callaway Golf, and an invite to play in the Dubai Ladies Masters. Though Paige was mocked for her social media starlet status and low finish (101 out of 107) in the tournament, her social media presence continued to grow.
Fun and Playful Photos
Though she is a talented golfer, she doesn’t take herself too seriously on her many social media channels. Instead, she emphasizes the fun side of golf. She uses playful and flirty poses that help her relate to her followers. And, yes, she draws attention because she’s sexy.
Unfortunately, Spiranac’s fun-loving ways have led to criticism that she is sexualizing golf.
Paige has posted over 145 instructional videos about golf techniques, fitness, and performing trick shots. She has over 3.2 million followers on Instagram, nearly 500,000 on Twitter, and 260,000 subscribers on YouTube.
She has a TikTok account, multiple branding deals, and sells her merchandise online. Anyone who earns $14,000 a post is a bonafide social media star.
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Low Neckline Controversy
In 2017, the LPGA banned “plunging” necklines, leggings, and short skirts. To many of her followers on social media, the dress code change seemed aimed at Spiranac.
Spiranac blasted the LPGA’s new policy in a scathing article published by Fortune. Paige pointed out that LPGA players had become increasingly athletic, so it followed that they would want more functional clothing than knee-length skirts and thick polo shirts.
She also pointed out the LPGA failed to define the term “plunging neckline.” She accused the LPGA of maintaining outdated stereotypes by connecting a woman’s morals to her clothes.
Paige concluded her Fortune article with, “In the age of millennials, women’s rights, and female empowerment, I hope my voice helps to encourage the next generation of great female athletes and golfers to possibly stop social injustices and prejudices from creeping into the game that I fell in love with at such a young age.”
Paige Spiranac Trolling Critics With Towels
Her infamous towels are probably the most popular merchandise she sells through her social media channels.
Paige is clearly taunting critics who attacked her for sexualizing golf by printing sexy poses on the towels she sells online.
After being told that a sexy, cleavage-baring photo of her wearing a green jacket prevented people from taking women’s golf seriously, Spiranac printed the image on towels that became an instant internet hit.
She has also sold sexy Christmas towels, Ryder Cup towels, and towels named for the famous Amen Corner at Augusta National.
Paige Spiranac Workout Videos
Another hot commodity on Paige Spiranac’s channels is her workout videos. She posted a series of exercises on Golfdigest.com designed to address every facet of golf fitness. Spiranac’s workouts emphasize routines requiring minimal equipment.
Paige Spiranac’s Husband
Sadly for her many social media admirers, Paige Sprianac is married to Steven Tinoco, a personal trainer and former minor-league baseball player. The two got engaged in 2016 and married in 2018.