I had heard of Australian golf star Anna Rawson in the past but it wasn’t until I visited popular domain registrar Go Daddy earlier today that I realized that her star looks to have risen from promising golfer to something much more. Rawson has used her talents to develop a dual career in both golf and modeling.
A junior golf sensation in her native Australia, Rawson came to play college golf in America at USC in 2000. Rawson turned professional at the end of 2004, played a full season on the Future Tour and missed the cut at the 2004 LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament. She finished third at the Ladies European Tour 2005 qualifying tournament and was a season 2006 LET rookie. In December ’07, Anna notified all fans using her Myspace page that she had been invited to join the LPGA tour on an exception. Then in late 2008 she qualified for a full time tour card via Q school for the 2009 tour.
Here is more on Anna Rawson – the bio from her site:
Anna Rawson swung a golf club for the first time at the age of 13. Since then, the Australian-born athlete and model has graduated from Australian Amateur Champion to bona fide LPGA pro.
As a scholarship athlete at the University of Southern California, Anna won All-Pac-10 honorable mentions three years in a row. She also played on USCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s National Championship team in 2003, turning pro in the summer of 2004.
Anna finished top-10 in her first professional event Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 5th in the Orient Masters Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and qualified for the Futures Tour with ease. During her first season on the Futures Tour, Anna had two top-10 finishes and was ranked 22nd in scoring average for the year.
In 2005, she entered the Ladies European Tour School in Spain, where she qualified in 3rd place and earned her 2006 tour card. Anna finished in the top 10 a total of five times on the European Tour, with eight top-20 finishes and a lowest round score of 67. In 2007, she finished Q-school in the top 20 and qualified for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).
“I am very excited to be a part of this elite and diverse group of athletes,” Anna remarked at the time. “My goal is to raise the profile of women’s golf, and this new phase in my career will allow me to make more strides in doing so.”
Anna’s credentials are just as solid in the field of elite modeling. Since being named a finalist in an Australian teen magazine model competition at 16, she’s appeared in fashion spreads for Vogue Japan, Officiel, GQ Spain, Cosmopolitan Finland and others. Sports Illustrated named her “One of the sexiest females of the year” in 2007 and Maxim the “Sexiest New Athlete” in 2008. Anna is the only runway model ever to qualify for the LPGA.
Anna writes regular monthly columns which include both golf and fashion tips for international golfing magazines. She’s also collaborated with Swedish designer J. Lindeberg to create a line of fashionable golf clothing for women.
For more check out her website at www.annarawson.com