Internet golf sensation Paige Spiranac earned an invite to the European Tour’s Omega Dubai Ladies Masters this week, although she’s still an unknown to some of her peers.
In a press conference on Tuesday, 52-year-old veteran Laura Davies was asked about Spiranac earning a sponsor’s exemption while not being a Tour member.
“I don’t know her from a bar of soap,” said Davies, according to The National. “I’ve obviously heard what some of the players have said, but I’ve not met her. I saw her last night at the party, but didn’t speak to her.”
Whether or not Euro Tour members approve of Spiranac earning the invite, the recent graduate of San Diego State is at least on their radar. But Davies said she deserves a chance.
“Everyone needs a chance and if she’s a good player, then I think it’s great she’s here,” Davies said. “If she’s here for any other reason than she’s a great golfer, then it’s a little bit pointless. But we have to give her a chance.”
While Spiranac gained plenty of attention via her Instagram and Twitter accounts — where she sports more than 450,000 and 50,000 followers, respectively — she’s not oblivious to what her social media presence has helped her accomplish.
“I wouldn’t be here without [social media],” Spiranac said in her own press conference. “I’m very fortunate that I have all these followers and they do like watching me and liking what I do. So I think that’s really cool and it’s given me like a gateway to help my professional golf career.”
Spiranac tees off at 8:25 local time in Dubai (11:25 a.m. EST) with Klara Spilkova and Maria Balikoeva.