|Full name||Reilley Rankin|
April 17, 1979 |
Beaufort, South Carolina, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Residence||Hilton Head, South Carolina, U.S.|
|College||University of Georgia|
|Current tour(s)||LPGA Tour (joined 2004)|
|Former tour(s)||LPGA Futures Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in LPGA major championships
|ANA Inspiration||T9: 2005|
|Women's PGA C'ship||T9: 2006|
|U.S. Women's Open||T42: 2008|
|Women's British Open||4th: 2007|
|Achievements and awards|
|Heather Farr Player Award||2013|
Rankin was a three-time American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Rolex All-American from 1995 to 1997. She was a three-time All-American at the University of Georgia where she was the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Freshman of the Year in 1997, the NCAA Freshman of the Year in 1998, ad the 1997–98 SEC Player of the Year. She won four consecutive collegiate tournaments in 1998, the same year she was a semifinalist at the Women's Western Amateur. She was forced to take two years off from competition in 1999 and 2000 after breaking her back but came in 2001 to lead the Georgia to the NCAA Championship title. She graduated from Georgia in 2001 with a degree in Child and Family Development.
Rankin turned professional in July 2001, playing on the Futures Tour. She played two tournaments on the Futures Tour in 2001, and then played a full season in 2002 and 2003. In 2003, she won two events which earned fifth place on the Futures Tour money list and full membership on the LPGA Tour for the 2004 season. Her best finish to date on the LPGA Tour is a tie for second at the 2007 Mizuno Classic. In 2010, she fell to 139th on the final official LPGA money list, requiring her to return to LPGA qualifying school in order to retain her LPGA playing privileges for 2011. She finished in the top 10 at the qualifying tournament.
On June 4, 1998, during the summer between her sophomore and junior years at the University of Georgia, Rankin was severely injured after jumping from a cliff into a lake about 70 feet below. Her injuries included a broken back, a broken sternum and bruised heart, lungs and aorta. She was confined to a body cast for three months.
Professional wins (2)
Futures Tour wins (2)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||May 24, 2003||Northwest Indiana Futures Golf Classic||−5 (x-x-70=211)||Playoff||Soo Young Moon|
|2||Aug 21, 2003||Betty Puskar Futures Golf Classic||−10 (67-67=134)||2 strokes||Lisa Strom|
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- "I broke my back and almost died, but I never doubted that I would play – and win – again". Sports Illustrated. May 1, 2001. Archived from the original on June 23, 2004. Retrieved May 22, 2011.
- "Back from the fall". SavannahNow.com. Retrieved May 22, 2001.
- "Classic Profile: Reilley Rankin". Onlineathens.com. March 5, 2000. Retrieved May 22, 2011.
- "Reilley Rankin Wins Futures Tour Tournament". georgiadogs.com. May 26, 2003. Retrieved May 28, 2011.
- "Final Results from the Betty Puskar Futures Golf Classic". TheGolf Channel. August 10, 2003. Retrieved May 28, 2011.