Whenever we talked about golf in public, we mostly talked about men because golf is always considered a male sport in America. But, many female golf players like Paige Spiranac are shattering the stereotype by showing their talent in women’s golf.
Thanks to her strong social media presence, Paige, who retired in 2016, is still a household name in women’s golf. Now she holds more fan following than many of the top athletes of America.
Being a former athlete, how is she able to gain millions of followers on social media, and how much is she earning from social media accounts?
But before giving you the answers to these questions, let us take a quick look at her life and career.
Paige Spencer’s Quick Bio
|Birth Name||Paige Renee Spiranac|
|Date of Birth||March 26, 1993|
|Age||28 years old|
|Shoe Size (US)||6.5|
|Height in Feet||5 feet and 6 inches|
|Weight in Kg||55 kg|
|Height in Meter||1.68 m|
|Weight in Lbs||121 lbs|
|High School||Mesa Distance Learning Program|
|University||San Diego State University|
Hailing from Wheat Ridge, Colorado, Paige Spiranac was born to a Croatian descent family on March 26, 1993. Her father, Dan, was a football player in his college and was a member of the 1976 Pittsburgh Panthers national championship college football team. Paige’s mother, Annette, was a professional ballerina.
Paige has one older sister Lexie who is pursuing a career in athletics. Due to her talent and hard work, Lexie earned a college athletic scholarship, and she was competing on Stanford’s track team.
Coming from an athletic background, Paige always saw herself as an athlete and wanted to become an Olympic gymnast. Her passion and love for gymnastics earned her an invitation from Karolyi Ranch for further training.
During practices, Paige’s fellow gymnasts bullied her due to hair conditions, but she never gave up on her dreams. However, Paige’s little dream was crushed when she had a kneecap injury during her gymnastics practice at 12. Unable to pursue a career in gymnastics, Paige shifted her focus to golf and started playing golf.
As a home-schooled student, Spianac split her time between Scottsdale, Arizona, and Monument, Colorado, to train for golf.
Career As A Golfer
In a short span of time on Colorado’s junior golf circuit, Spiranac won five tournaments in seven tries, including the 2010 CWGA Junior Stroke Play, which paved her way to become one of the top-20 junior golfers in the world. Paige was also a top-5 college recruit and a two-time West Region Player of the Year. All her achievements earned her a prestigious golf scholarship from the University of Arizona.
Paige’s hard work and passion continue to shine in her college golf career. During the first year from 2011 to 2012, Spiranac appeared in the Windy City Intercollegiate, the Pac-12/SEC Challenge, and the Wildcat Invitational for the University of Arizona Wildcats during their golf season.
Out of all three competitions, her best score of the year was a 73, shot twice during the Windy City Intercollegiate.
After her sophomore year, the talented player transferred to San Diego State University. During the 2012-2013 season, Paige received a fifth-place finish at the Cal Classic and a 19th-place finish at the NCAA Central Regional Championship.
She completed her Season with Aztecs’ first Mountain West Conference Championship in school history. In an Interview, Paige shared her thoughts about the Aztecs’ first Mountain West Conference Championship and said it was “one of the absolute happiest moments of my life.”
Social media sensation Paige started her professional career in 2014-2015 when the organizers of December’s Omega Dubai Ladies Classic of the Ladies European Tour (LET) invited her to be a guest starter of their tournament.
During this time, Paige was pretty famous on social media, and the organizers were hoping that her appearance at the tournament would grab the public’s attention. Unfortunately, she did not perform well at the tournament.
After her debut, Paige took part in the developmental Cactus Tour at the Las Colinas club in Queen Creek, Arizona. This event occurred in May 2016. She ranked 101 out of 107 players.
At her first LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) Qualifying Tournament in August 2016, Spiranac failed to earn a professional card.
While competing in different tournaments in 2016, she earned a total of $8,010 in cash.
In December 2016, Spiranac was requested to perform in Dubai once more. After appearing in the tournament, she hasn’t participated in any professional golf tournament since then.
After announcing retirement from golf, she shifted her focus to social media. Due to her perfect body and charming personality, Paige soon signed a contract with Parsons Xtreme Golf (PXG) to introduce their golf clubs on various social media and television platforms.
Moreover, she became a brand ambassador for 18Birdies to make its golf app famous across the country. Paige also signed deals with different brands and magazines, including Mizzen + Main Philip Stein Watches.
With her Bold Photo Shoots, Magazine Covers, and Brand Spaceships, she dominates the social media world.
Ambassador of Cybersmile
In 2017, Paige became an ambassador for an organization called Cybersmile. This non-profit offers global support and educational programs to tackle cyberbullying.
As a young girl, Paige was bullied for having a health problem that affected the growth of her hair. Because of this, she became committed to this cause.
Being a victim of bullying, Paige is very vocal about cyberbullying. While appearing on Golf Digest’s episode of “Be Right” she said,
It was really hard because when people would come at me, it was about my golf game,” she said. “As we all know, your ego is so tied into how you play, and publicly for people to be like ‘You suck, you need to quit,’ that was really hard for me and I took it very personally.
She further added,
My early interviews I talked a lot about cyberbullying, and I was kind of dealing with other things behind the scenes, so I was a big advocate for that. Things have progressed where I’ve stopped playing professionally and now social media has become my career. It was hard because now I want to have a ‘hot take,’ but sometimes it comes at the expense of someone else, and not in a way that’s bullying. Now I’m tweeting stuff about players, and it’s funny, but I would get so upset about that before [if it were me], but it’s not really bullying. I was just soft. I was a huge baby. You do have to have a good sense of humor; you have to be able to laugh things off.
Despite her popularity on the social media platform, Paige likes to keep her private life hidden from the prying eyes of the media. Currently, she is married to the love of her life, Steven Tinoco, a former baseball player.
In 2017 Paige shed some light on her love life and told her fans about her soulmate. According to Paige, she met her future husband while playing junior golf. At first, he was not interested in her. She said,
He’s in a relationship and I’m engaged. I flirted with him in junior golf but he rejected me haha been mending a broken heart since then.
The couple took to Instagram to announce their engagement in 2016. In 2018 Paige finally tied the knot with her longtime boyfriend, Steven Tinoco. The couple doesn’t have any children yet.
Recently on the latest episode of “Playing A Round podcast,” she explained why she keeps her life private and said,
I get this question a lot, and I refuse to answer that and I have my reason.
I think a lot of people think I don’t talk about it because of my business, and if I say that I’m with someone or I’m married, then I’ll lose male followers, and that’s actually not the case.
I am so open and honest about everything in my life, as you guys can tell from the podcast, that I want something to myself, and having a public relationship is very difficult.
And as soon as you make it public, you’re giving everyone the right to ask questions and you have to then answer them.
Being blessed with a perfect curvaceous body. Paige follows a strict workout regime to enhance her body features. Paige’s height is 5 feet 6 inches or 1.68 meters. Her height fits perfectly with 55 kg or 121 pounds weight. Her chest size, waist size, and hip size are 36 inches, 23 inches, and 36 inches, respectively. In addition, she also possesses beautiful blond hair, which compliments her gorgeous blue eyes. Her shoe size is 7 (US), and her dress size is 6 (US).
Social Media Account
She is extremely active on her social media platforms. Although she retired from professional golf, her posts on social media accounts still show her strong talent for the game. To this date, Paige has earned her a whopping 3.2 million followers. Besides being popular on Instagram, the 28-year-old has half a million followers on Twitter and 1.3 million followers on TikTok. Paige also launched a channel on YouTube, which gained more than 259k followers in a short period.
- Instagram Account: @_paige.renee
- Twitter Account: @PaigeSpiranac
- Facebook Account: Paige Spiranac
- YouTube Account: Paige Spiranac
- TikTok Account: _paige.renee
According to media reports, Paige Renee Spiranac’s personal wealth will be $4 million by 2022. Being a former golfer, she gained most of her wealth from social media accounts and by featuring in magazines like Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition and Golf Digest. It has been reported that she earns $14,000 per Instagram post. Moreover, her annual income is around $250 thousand. As a professional golfer, she took part in CoBank Colorado Women’s Open in 2016 where she won the prize money of $1,750.
Some FAQs About Paige Spiranac
Paige is 5 feet 6 inches (168 cm) tall.
Paige’s weight is 55 kg or 121 pounds weight.
Paige didn’t go to regular high school and went to Mesa Distance Learning Program.
Steven Tinoco is Paige’s husband. The couple tied the knot in 2018.
Paige has half a million followers on Twitter. Her account is under the user name @PaigeSpiranac.
Some Lesser Known Facts About Paige Spiranac
- The Dream of Paige Spiranac was to compete in the Olympics, but after her kneecaps were broken twice, she shifted her focus on golf.
- Paige loves to eat pizza with pepperoni, ice cream, and tea.
- Paige Spiranac attended Arizona and San Diego Universities in 2012-13 and 2013-14.
- She started her professional career in December 2015.
- Spiranac presently has more than 3 million Instagram followers and half a million followers on Twitter.
- Due to her popularity on social media, Spiranac was invited to the Omega Dubai Ladies Classic match in 2015.
- People also criticize Paige for oversexualizing women’s golf.
- She recently spoke about the criticism and said that she gained media attention through her beauty.