Mhairi McKay: Scottish Golfer

May 9, 2008

Meet Mhairi McKay, a golfer who hails from Scotland. See photos and a biography of Mhairi below.

Mhairi McKay is in the news today as she has a one shot lead in the LPGA Michelob Ultra Open. She had a career best round of an eight under 63, and she is just in front of Annika Sorenstam. She is hoping for a win (which would be her first LPGA Tour victory).

As a biography, Mhairi McKay was born on April 18, 1975 in Glasgow, Scotland. She just turned 33 years old. Mhairi took up golf after she was introduced to the sport by her parents. In her early playing days, Mhairi was the 1987 Under 13 girls’ champion and the 1988 Under 14 champion for the Golf Foundation. She won the Daily Telegraph Junior Golf Championship in 1991. She won the British Girls Championships in 1992 and 1993, and went on to represent Great Britain and Ireland in 1994 and 1996 at the Curtis Cup matches.

Mhairi was offered a golf scholarship at Stanford University in California, making her the first player abroad to have ever been offered a golf scholarship at Stanford. Coincidentally, she was a classmate of golf superstar Tiger Woods. While at Stanford, she was the PAC-10 champ in 1997. She graduated from Stanford in 1997 with a degree in Public Policy.

Mhairi was a rookie on the LPGA Tour in 1998. She had runner-up finishes in 2001, 2002, and 2003. She did win the Australian Open in 2003.

In 2007, she played in 11 tournaments and had one Top 3 and one Top 10 finish. Her earnings for the year were $265,076.

Mhairi has been married to her husband, David Smith, since November 7, 2007. Her hobbies include cooking, painting, soccer, skiing and she is currently working on her pilot’s license.

More photos of Mhairi McKay are below.

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