US Women’s Open 2010 champion Paula Creamer’s been a delightful fixture on the LPGA Tour for the past decade. The Pink Panther plays an aggressive game of golf and she’s a relentless competitor. Little girls follow her like the Pied Piper and emulate her style, and her work with The First Tee of Sarasota ideally positions Creamer to give young girls a visible and vital role model as they chart their paths through the thorny thicket of adolescence.
Creamer charted her own developmental path on the golf course. She started playing golf at the age of 10. At sweet sixteen (and again at 17, in 2003 and 2004) Creamer was named American Junior Golf Association Player of the Year. By the time she turned pro in 2005 Creamer had won eleven AJGA tournaments, represented the United States in the 2002 and 2003 Junior Solheim Cup and played as well on the victorious 2004 Curtis Cup Team. While still an amateur Creamer played in 10 LPGA events, posting top-20 finishes in five of them.
Creamer qualified for the Tour on her first attempt in 2005 and immediately turned pro. She was 18-years old and she hit the Tour at a dead run, setting a record as the youngest winner of a multi-round event in LPGA history, the Sybase Classic, that would eventually be broken, of course, became the youngest rookie to ever qualify for the Solheim Cup, whipped Laura Davies in their singles match 7 & 5, and ended her LPGA rookie year, not unexpectedly, with the Louise Suggs Rookie of the Year Award.
Now in her 10th year on the Tour, Paula Creamer’s always a force to be reckoned with in any event. She has 93 top-10 finishes on her resume, 10 of them victories, with a win this year at the HSBC Women’s Champions and two additional top-10s, at the Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic and the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open (both T3 finishes). Creamer’s passed $10 million in earnings and you can safely bet that she’ll make the cut, play the weekend at Pinehurst No. 2, and give all four rounds the very best game in her bag!