On Friday LPGA Tour rookie Giulia Molinaro started her second round with four birdies over her first five holes. She missed some birdie opportunities in her final 13 holes at the Blythefield Country Club, but posted a four-under par 67. She finds herself in a tie for 10th with Shanshan Feng, Gerina Pillar and Azahara Munoz after 54 holes at the Meijer LPGA Classic.
Molinaro is from Italy, but grew up in Kenya. As a young girl, she felt golf was too boring and it did not interest her.
When she was 13 years old, she did take a few lessons from a golf professional at a golf club near her home in Venice, Italy. He saw potential in the young girl and helped her gain a spot on the Italian National Team.
She began to travel with the team and decided golf may have something to offer after all.
Molinaro got noticed by the Arizona State Women’s Golf coach and was offered a scholarship to attend ASU and play golf in the States.
She has literally traveled the world in her journey to reach the LPGA Tour.
Although she feels her four years in Tempe were the best in her life, she misses the outdoor activities and wildlife watching that was available to her as a child in Kenya.
She received a degree in Tourism Management and Development in 2012 and spent a full year on the Symetra Tour. In 15 events on the 2013 Symetra Tour, she earned $39,848.00 and finished second on the money list to earn an LPGA Tour card for 2014.
Molinaro has yet to crack the Top 10 in an LPGA Tour event in 13 starts this season. She has missed seven cuts, with her best finish being a T-41 at the Kingsmill Championship. She has only earned $28,913.00 and is ranked No. 114 in the Race to the CME Globe and No. 362 in the world rankings.
A top-10 finish this week at the Meijer LPGA Classic could go a long way in keeping her LPGA Tour card for next year and give her confidence to finish out this season.
The LPGA Tour has an international flavor with tournaments scattered around the globe.
Giulia Molinaro should fit right in.
(As seen posted at edraft.com)