Elena “Lani” Robles Biography
The summer going into my freshman year of high school I had my eyes set on Olympic gold in figure skating until one day my day took me to Dominguez Hills driving range near my home in Redondo Beach, CA. I was approached by a teaching professional who told my dad that I had a natural talent and a great rhythm and that he should enroll me in some golf lessons. From that point on I spent all my time at the Lakes of El Segundo driving range working hard on my swing and game. At first I looked at golf as a way to bond with my dad but then I started taking lessons regularly with a woman professional by the name of Jennifer Jones. I started to develop a passion for the game. My freshman year in high school I had to make a decision to keep figure skating and work towards Olympic gold or play on the high school golf team and get a scholarship to college. I decided that being the first person in my family to graduate college was way more important for my family and me then to keep skating. So I made the transition from getting up at 4am to free skate before school to staying at the golf course until the sun set after school. I am happy that I chose to play golf but I do miss being on the ice.
The next four years I proceeded to gain knowledge and experience with the game of golf and competing by starting up a girl’s golf team at my high school. We went on to win 50-0 matches for 3 years and we barely had enough girls to field a full team. I also started to play SCPGA junior tournaments during the summers to keep my game fresh for the season. After seeking out numerous professional golf management schools I finally decided to take a trip to Michigan to visit a small school, Ferris State University. I fell in love with the program and its director Matt Pinter as well and the campus, team, and coach. I decided to accept an athletic scholarship to Ferris State University and played varsity golf for four years winning 5 times in college, freshman of the year accolades, MVP 3 out of the 4 years, 2 times NCAA All American honors, Conference player of the year and helped lead my team to numerous tournament wins over the four years span. Once I graduated with my degree in Criminal Justice, I decided to take a year off from golf and really figure out what it was that I wanted to do with my life. I felt like something was missing during that time off, so I decided to get back into it to see what happens. I turned pro in late 2007 and in wasn’t until the start of 2008 that I started to really buckle down and try to compete seriously at the professional level. It was a successful year for me playing in 8 events, winning one and having 3 top 5 finishes and being able to compete at the Duramed Futures Tour qualifying school. In 2010 I was fortunate enough to be a contestant on Golf Channel’s hit tv show, Big Break, twice. I was a contestant on the all girls series, Big Break Sandals as well as the reunion show Big Break Dominican Republic, where I ended up becoming team champions of the show. I was also lucky enough to be rated Top 12 sexiest golfers in Aprils issue of Men’s Health Magazine 2010. At the end of 2010 I climbed up to #11 on the money list on the Cactus Tour, based in Phoenix Arizona, in just four events. In 2011 I only played a few because I was working on my swing and working to save money to play. I am now ready to go out in 2012 and play as many golf tournaments as I can until I receive my full exempt tour card on the LPGA Tour. This year I will also be playing a full schedule on the Canadian Tour, LPGA Monday qualifiers, Symetra Tour events as well as US Women’s Open Qualifier. I have also signed with Pukka headwear and am part of the Pukka Tour players team. In addition to playing I will be working at numerous charity events to help raise money for varies charities/causes. I am very excited for this year and cant wait to get out there and start competing. If you would like to be a part of my team and or are interested in donating to help me live my dream, then please e mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get info. Thank you so much for the support!!!