Maria Verchenova, Age: 25, Achievements: Ladies European Tour member: Maria Verchenova is a Russian professional golfer. She is the first Russian to become a full-time member of the Ladies European Tour. She has several top-10 finishes. Maria Verchenova was born on the 27th of March 1986 in the Russian capital Moscow and is the first Russian to achieve a full-time membership on the Ladies European Tour. She is 176cm tall with dark brown hair and brown eyes. Maria was brought up by her parents Vitaly and Galina together with her younger sister Anna. Maria’s destiny and biggest dream during childhood has been dancing. From 1992 until 2002 Maria attended the Ballet School ‘Inspiration’ in Moscow. The stage for a dancing career seemed to be set. But everything changed at age twelve during a family vacation in Czech Republic, where she was first introduced to the beautiful game of golf. Despite a lack of golfing opportunities in Russia during her childhood, Maria fell for and took to the game thanks to her father. After numerous victories as an amateur, she turned professional in December 2006. In her rookie year of 2007 on the Ladies European Tour, she showed strength, finishing top-10 in Wales. In 2008, Verchenova contended for the lead in the Dubai Ladies Masters, dueling with golf legend Annika Sorenstam for a time. Maria is determined to become a winner on the Tour.
Furthermore, Maria received a diploma in ‘Sports’ from the Russian State University of Sport and Tourism in 2009. Her favorite golf course is the Fancourt Georg Golf Club by Gary Player and she loves R&B and Soul music.
In 2009, Maria played in 14 tournaments and her season best finish was a tie for 24th at the Tenerife Ladies Open. She represented Russia at the Comunitat Valenciana European Nations Cup in Spain along with Anastasia Kostina and the pair tied for 17th place. At the end of the year, Maria finished 91st on the Henderson Money List with season’s earnings of EUR 15,354.69.
Maria’s 2008 season was a great improvement on her rookie year in 2007. Her career best finish of T5th came at the Tenerife Ladies Open at Golf Costa Adeje and she also posted a career low round of 66 on the second day of the Dubai Ladies Masters on the Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club. Maria’s next best finish was T11th at the Deutsche Bank Ladies Swiss Open. She finished the year in 55th position on the New Star Money List with EUR 38,262.77 in season’s earnings.
Maria played in 12 events in her rookie season and made four cuts all year. Her best finish by far was T10th at the S4/C Wales Ladies Championship, at Machynys Peninsula GC. Maria returned to Final-Qualifying School where she finished tied for 53rd place. Her season’s earnings were EUR 13,285.00 and she finished 106th on the New Star Money List.
She also won
- -Russian Amateur Champion in 2004 and 2006.
- -Austrian Amateur Champion in 2006.
- -Latvian Amateur Champion in 2005.
- -Slovenian Amateur Champion in 2005.
- -Runner up in the 2006 World University Championships in Turin.