Mhairi McKay

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Mhairi McKay
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Personal information
Born (1975-04-18) 18 April 1975 (age 43)
Glasgow, Scotland
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Nationality Scotland
ResidenceLos Alamos, New Mexico, U.S.
Career
CollegeStanford University
Turned professional1997
Retired2011
Former tour(s)Ladies European Tour (1998-2008)
LPGA Tour (1998−2011)
Professional wins1
Number of wins by tour
ALPG Tour1
Best results in LPGA major championships
ANA InspirationT19: 2002
Women's PGA C'shipT13: 2004
U.S. Women's Open6th/T6: 2002, 2003
du Maurier ClassicT13: 2000
Women's British OpenT11: 2007

Mhairi McKay (born 18 April 1975) is a Scottish professional golfer who played mainly on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour and was also a member of the Ladies European Tour.

Amateur career[edit]

McKay was born in Glasgow. She is a former pupil of Fernhill School and was introduced to golf by her parents. They moved from Glasgow to Girvan, close to the famous Turnberry golf links where she learned to play and is still a club member.[1] She had a successful amateur career and was the Golf Foundation Under 13 girls’ champion in 1987 and Under 14 champion in 1988.[2] She also won the Daily Telegraph Junior Golf Championship in 1991[3] and won the Girls Amateur Championship in 1992 and 1993.[1] She represented Great Britain & Ireland in the Curtis Cup matches of 1994[4] and 1996[5][6] and played in the 1996 Espirito Santo Trophy World Amateur Team Championship.[7]

McKay was the first international player to be offered a golf scholarship at Stanford University in California[8] where she was a classmate of Tiger Woods (she took a Portuguese literature class with him).[9] She graduated in 1997 with a B.A. in Public Policy[10] having been Pac-10 champion in 1997, Pac-10 All Conference from 1994 to 1997) and Pac-10 All Academic 1st Team in 1997.[11] She also earned All-American honours from 1994 through to 1997.[12]

Professional career[edit]

McKay turned professional after graduating from college and qualified for the LPGA Tour on her first attempt, finishing joint 56th at LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament earning non-exempt status for the 1998 LPGA season.[12]

She was an LPGA Tour rookie in 1998. She has yet to win on the LPGA Tour, but she had second-place finishes in 2001, 2002 and 2003 and claimed her first professional win in 2003 at the AAMI Women's Australian Open.[13] She represented Europe in the Solheim Cup in 2002[14][15] and 2003[16][17] and represented Scotland in the 2007 Women's World Cup of Golf where she and her partner Janice Moodie finished fourth.[18]

She is one of three women to hold the professional course record of 67 at the Old Course of St. Andrews.[19]

Professional wins (1)[edit]

ALPG Tour wins (1)[edit]

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

  • Vagliano Trophy (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 1993 (winners), 1995, 1997
  • Curtis Cup (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 1994 (tie, Cup retained), 1996 (winners)
  • Espirito Santo Trophy (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 1996

Professional

Solheim Cup record[edit]

Year Total
matches
Total
W–L–H
Singles
W–L–H
Foursomes
W–L–H
Fourballs
W–L–H
Points
won
Points
%
Career 5 2–3–0 1–1–0 0–1–0 1–1–0 2 40%
2002 3 1–2–0 0–1–0 lost to P. Hurst 3&2 0–1–0 lost w/I. Tinning 3&2 1–0–0 won w/C. Koch 3&2 1 33.3%
2003 2 1–1–0 1–0–0 def B. Daniel conceded on 15 0–0–0 0–1–0 lost w/A.B. Sanchez 5&4 1 50%

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Campbell, Alan (11 August 2002). "The pressure is being piled on but Mhairi McKay can cope, reports". Sunday Herald. Retrieved 2007-03-25.
  2. ^ "The Golf Foundation Junior Championships 2006". Golf Foundation. 23 March 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-12-08. Retrieved 2007-03-23.
  3. ^ "Roll of Honour Daily Telegraph Junior Golf Championship". Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 2008-08-27. Retrieved 2007-03-23.
  4. ^ "1994 Curtis Cup". USGA. Retrieved 2007-03-24.
  5. ^ "1996 Curtis Cup Match". USGA. Retrieved 2007-03-25.
  6. ^ "Previous Curtis Cup Matches 1932-2002". USGA. Retrieved 2007-03-23.
  7. ^ "Notable Past Players". International Golf Federation. Retrieved 2007-03-23.
  8. ^ "McKay on track for bigger and better things". Scottish Golf. 29 November 2001. Retrieved 2007-03-23.
  9. ^ "McKay aims for home rule". The Scotsman. 30 April 2002. Archived from the original on 2005-05-23. Retrieved 2007-03-23.
  10. ^ "Mhairi McKay Player Profile". LET. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-03-25.
  11. ^ "PAC-10 Women's Golf" (PDF). PAC-10. Retrieved 2007-03-25.
  12. ^ a b "LPGA Full Career Biography" (PDF). LPGA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-03-25.
  13. ^ "McKay steals the show at Terrey Hills". LET. 3 March 2003. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-03-25.
  14. ^ "Solheim Cup Player Profile: Mhairi McKay". LET. 4 September 2002. Archived from the original on 2006-10-25. Retrieved 2007-03-25.
  15. ^ "Reid chooses wild cards amid controversy". LET. 25 August 2002. Archived from the original on 2006-10-25. Retrieved 2007-03-25.
  16. ^ "European Team announced". LET. 25 August 2003. Archived from the original on 2006-10-25. Retrieved 2007-03-25.
  17. ^ "Solheim Cup player profiles". LET. 30 August 2003. Archived from the original on 2006-10-25. Retrieved 2007-03-25.
  18. ^ "Solid showing from Scottish pair after late call-up". Edinburgh News. 22 January 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-25.[dead link]
  19. ^ "Course Records at St. Andrews". Archived from the original on 2009-12-10.

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