After playing college golf at the University of Alabama, Kathleen Ekey turned pro in 2009, making it to the LPGA Tour in 2012.
2 of 15Dylan Coulter
"I always knew I was going to play golf. I never had to sit down with myself and actually think about it. I've known for as long as I can remember that playing golf is what I wanted to do."
3 of 15Dylan Coulter
"I won the money list on the Symetra Tour in 2011 and got my LPGA Tour card. I was so blessed that I played well out there. I learned how to win, and there were also a few times where I probably should have won, I was in a position to win, and I didn't. That was invaluable experience too, maybe even more so than winning, because I learned what not to do."
4 of 15Dylan Coulter
"I went back to Q-school last year and played really well. I think that was really good for me. I played really well and had a really great final round. I remember saying to myself, just be patient. I shot 65 and finished fourth."
5 of 15Dylan Coulter
"I've become really close with Laura Diaz. She's a really good player and an even better friend. We travel a lot together. Cristie Kerr, she's one of the greatest players in the world and probably the greatest putter in the world. She's going to teach me how to putt (laughs)."
6 of 15Dylan Coulter
"Natalie Gulbis, too, has always been so good to me. I'm so lucky that people were nice to me and welcomed me into their circles. It made the transition to the Tour so much more enjoyable."
7 of 15Dylan Coulter
"My mom always said, 'I don't ever want to let golf define you.' And she's right. Golf just happens to be what I do. It doesn't define me and it shouldn't change how people should look at me. But I'm just me."
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Ekey hits her tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the CN Canadian Women's Open at Royal Mayfair Golf Club on August 25, 2013 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
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@KTEkey: Thank heavens for wide-brimmed @pukkaheadwear during hot FL summer #faceumbrella #wrinklefighter
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Ekey during the third round of the North Texas LPGA Shootout played at Las Colinas Country Club in Irving, Texas.
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Ekey lines up her putt during the second round of the Marathon Classic golf tournament at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio, Friday, July 19, 2013.
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@KTEkey: Momma and me sporting our @pukkaheadwear @lpga
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Ekey takes a chip shot during the second round of the Marathon Classic golf tournament at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio, Friday, July 19, 2013.
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Ekey pumps her fist after making a birdie putt on the fifth hole during the third round of the CN Canadian Women's Open at Royal Mayfair Golf Club on August 24, 2013 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.