Sandra Gal is a German professional golfer who currently plays on the U.S.–based LPGA Tour. Won in 2012 GolfDigest.com Hottest Golfer contest.
In Düsseldorf, Germany she was born on 9th May 1985. She got to play golf for the first time when she was about 5 years old. For her 5th birthday her parents gave me a set of colored plastic clubs. All of her vacations, they were golf vacations and that was the only time of the year she usually played golf, in places such as the Netherlands, France or Portugal. Her dad was her first coach and still is one of her best teachers of the game. But actually she did not practise seriously untill she was 14 when she started playing at a golf club near her house.
In the mean time she had other hobbies. She played tennis, she started ballet and violin, she did wakeboarding for a few years, She played theatre at school and of course she also did painting. Her mom still has some paintings from when she was about three years old. It’s a great way for her to relax and let out her creative side. Really taking golf more seriously, she realized that she can be creative in golf too. First she played for her golf club team, since there were no high school teams in Germany, and as she got better each year, with 17, she got to join the German National Team, which is a great honor in Germany. When she was 18, she won the German National Girls Championship and the junior ranking.
After she graduated from her high school in 2004, she decided to make the big trip to America and play college golf, which was really pretty new at that time for European golfers.
She choose the University of Florida. She met some of her best friends over there and had a really good time. She got familiar with American courses, the lifestyle and the competition. While she was at college she won four events and received two All-American honors in three years.
In the mean time, she was still competing for the German National Team during summer breaks and eventually won the Ladies European Amateur ranking in 2007. That was the year, when she decided to play LPGA Q-school, while still in her senior year at UF. Her college staff and she were hoping to get an exemption from the rule to turn professional immediately after Q-school. They were hoping that she would be able to play as an amateur for her UF team in her last semester and start competing on the LPGA in May. However their attempt was not successful.
In the end, she received a full exempt card for 2008 and was very excited for that accomplishment. Although she could not play anymore college golf, She still decided to finish her advertising degree at UF. It was not easy playing professionally, while still being in school, but she graduated with honors on August 12, 2008. Since then she can really focus on her game and finally have more time for her friends and family and painting.
She is winner of Kia Classic LPGA Tour in 2011. Member of the victorious European Solheim Cup Team 2011 and is Member of the German Olympic Team for 2016.
Sandra Gal Achievements As A Golf Player
- 1st Place European Ladies Amateur Ranking in 2007
- 1st Place German Golf Federation- Ladies Ranking in 2007
- 1st Place Czech International Ladies Championship 2007
- 1st Place German Golf Federation Ranking in 2005 (Under 21)
- 1st Place German Girls championship in 2003
- 1st Place Mercedes Benz championship in 2007
- 1st Place Sun Trust Lady Gator Invitation championship in 2007
- 1st Place Bryan National Collegiate 2006
- 1st Place Sun Trust Lady Gator Invitation championship in 2006
- 3rd Place U.S. Women’s Open in 2012
- World Best Amateur Women Golf player 2007
Sandra Gal ranked in 2012 GolfDigest.com as Hottest Golfer, World Best Amateur Women Golf player 2007 and is Member of the German Olympic Team for 2016. She is in conversation with Namita Nayyar, President Women Fitness.
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