5. Beatriz Recari, Age: 23, Achievements: Winner, French Amateur Championship:
Beatriz Recari Eransus was born on 21 April 1987. She is a Spanish professional golfer on the U.S.-based LPGA Tour and the Ladies European Tour.
Born and raised in Pamplona in northern Spain, Recari began playing golf at age 11 and enjoyed a successful amateur career, with wins at the 2004 Spanish Amateur Championship and the 2005 French Amateur Championship. In 2004, she won the European Team Championship with Team Spain, and in 2003, finished runner-up at the British Girls Amateur Championship. In 2005, she was a member of Team Europe in the Junior Solheim Cup.While studying economics at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Recari qualified for the Ladies European Tour in November 2005 and turned professional at age 18 for the 2006 LET season. She balanced professional golf with school in the spring of 2006, but after the completion of her first academic year, she concentrated on her golf career.
Recari won her first tournament as a pro in her fourth LET season at the 2009 Finnair Masters at Helsinki, Finland, where she holed out for an eagle two from 161 m (176 yd) on the first playoff hole to win € 30,000.Her best season to date as a professional, she finished 22nd on the 2009 LET Order of Merit (money list), with earnings of € 68,889.
At the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament at Daytona Beach, Florida in December 2009, Recari tied for ninth to earn her LPGA Tour card for the 2010 season. She ended 2009 ranked 175th in the Women’s World Golf Rankings.
During her first year on the LPGA Tour, Recari had made only three of thirteen cuts through September, and had missed the last five cuts. With under $43,000 in earnings, a return to the Qualifying Tournament appeared imminent, but a successful autumn run allowed her to finish with over $265,000, 39th on the money list. Recari won her first LPGA event in October at the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge in northern California and made the cut in her final five events to finish runner-up to compatriot Azahara Muñoz for 2010 LPGA Rookie of the Year honors. Recari ended the year at 56th in the world rankings.
She credits her father as the individual who influenced her career the most. She qualified for the Tour on her second attempt. Her hobbies include listening to music, reading, playing tennis, hitting the gym and cross-country skiing. She has her own Web site, www.beatrizrecari.com.