The Symetra Tour event marks an important milestone in Tanaka’s journey to achieve full playing status on the prestigious Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour. Tanaka plans to play in all 20 scheduled Symetra Tour events this year in her quest to earn her LPGA tour card.
The Symetra Tour is well known as the “Road to the LPGA,” and Tanaka says her goal is to finish on the Top 10 money-winners list for this season. Tanaka has enjoyed considerable success in her golfing career since scoring her first hole-in-one on the first hole of her first golf tournament, at age 11.
Xcell Pro Sports Management will support all aspects of Tanaka’s playing and entertainment career, including product endorsements. Legendary golf coach Dennis Sheehy founded Xcell Pro Sports Management in San Diego, where Tanaka grew up. Sheehy is a well-known former instructor for the esteemed David Leadbetter Golf Academy, and he has worked with some of the greatest players in modern times, including Nick Faldo, Ian Woosnam, Bernhard Langer and Seve Ballesteros.
Tanaka earned Symetra Tour privileges by making the low scoring cut at the recent LPGA Qualifying School. Volvik Golf is a major sponsor of the Symetra Tour, and the Volvik Championship is one of the tour’s premium events.
Tanaka is well known for her successful varsity golf career at UCLA, where she was named Most Improved Player and earned NCAA All-Central Region Honors. She gained considerable notoriety for her golf skills and her classic beauty as a competitor on the Golf Channel’s “Big Break Puerto Rico” in 2010. Maiya Tanaka also competed as a teammate with her sister Misa Tanaka in the 20th season of NBC’s “Amazing Race”in 2012.
In 2009, Tanaka became a professional golfer after graduating from the University of California at Los Angeles. She was selected to represent UCLA on the NCAA All-Star Team, which travelled to Asia to compete in Japan, Korea, China and Hong Kong.
About Maiya Tanaka: Professional golfer Maiya Tanaka competes on the Symetra Tour. For more information, please visit http://maiyatanaka.com/index.html .
About Xcell Pro Sports Management: The agency was founded to leverage the relationships that famed professional golf teacher Dennis Sheehy developed over 25 years of instruction. Sheehy served as the Director of European Instruction for the David Leadbetter Golf Academy for 13 years. Xcell Pro Sports Management is developing a San Diego-based sports instruction academy to sign emerging stars to long-term career representation, including endorsements, licensing deals, sponsorships and appearances.