Beatriz Recari: Meet the LPGA's Latest Overnight Sensation

Elliott Pohnl@@ElliottPohnl_BRFeatured ColumnistOctober 18, 2010

Beatriz Recari: Meet the LPGA's Latest Overnight Sensation

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    Beatriz Recari captured the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge Sunday, helping to usher in a fresh new face on tour.

    The Spanish starlet has been competing on the professional circuit since she turned 18.

    Now, at age 23, she has become one of golf's rising young stars.

    Here's a closer look at the lovely Beatriz Recari.

No. 15: A Look at Her First LPGA Tour Win

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    Recari overcame rainy conditions Sunday to hold off Gwladys Nocera and capture the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge by a single stroke.

    She finished her final round with a two-under-par 70 and finished 14-under-par for the tournament.

No. 14: It Almost Didn't Happen

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    Recari bogeyed 17 to leave the door open for France's Gwladys Nocera, but recovered with a par on 18 to secure her first LPGA title.

No. 13: The Beginning

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    Recari was born on April 21, 1987 in Pamplona, Spain to José Luis Recari and Natividad Eransus.

No. 12: Bea's Younger Days

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    Bea was very active as a child and took piano lessons until age nine when she asked her parents if she could play golf.

    Her father, who was a soccer coach, cultivated her interest in the game by using her as a caddy.

No. 11: The College Years

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    Bea continued her education while honing her golf game.

    She won several tournaments on the junior circuit and began pursuing an Economics degree from Universidad de Navarra in Spain.

No. 10: Her First Tournament Success

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    Even before graduating from college, Bea turned pro and took her game to the biggest stage.

    She was paired with Laura Davies in the third round of 2006 Deutsche Bank Ladies Open and finished tied for 26th place.

No. 9: The Next Step

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    Somehow, Bea managed to keep her European Tour card while finishing her degree.

    She focused solely on her professional career beginning in 2006.

No. 8: Personal Struggles

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    After a fairly successful 2007 season, Bea developed an eating disorder and was forced to take some time away from golf.

    She has never gone into details, but said in an interview with Ladies of the European Tour that she has completely recovered.

No. 7: Her First Professional Win

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    Bea won her first event on the European Tour in 2009 when she captured the Finnair Masters in Finland.

    She never trailed in the event, and won in a playoff after she holed her second shot from the fairway.

No. 6: Appearance in the Mojo 6

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    Bea was selected to compete in the Mojo Tournament in Jamaica this year, competing against some of the hottest young babes in golf.

    She finished tied for fifth and enjoyed increased exposure following the tournament.

No. 5: Graduates From Q School

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    Bea attended the LPGA's Q School and earned her tour card in December 2009 to begin her professional career in America.

    She had two top-10 finishes on tour this year before winning her first career tournament on Sunday.

No. 4: Bea's Interests Away from the Game

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    On her website beatrizrecari.com, Bea describes herself as a fan of sports and someone who enjoys having fun.

    Interestingly, Bea didn't play soccer growing up in football-frenzied Spain.  She also has never participated in the famous "Running of the Bulls" in her native Pamplona, saying the event is too dangerous to be enjoyable.

    That sounds about right.

No. 3: More About Bea

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    Maybe she is really an American at heart.

    Bea enjoys listening to Michael Jackson and Madonna, and says Miami is her favorite vacation destination.

    In a unique twist, she also enjoys reading crime novels in her spare time.

    Could as guest appearance on CSI: Miami be in her future?

No. 2: Is She Merely a Sex Symbol?

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    Bea's looks have gotten her more acclaim than her accomplishments on the course.

    At 23, she has yet to prove she can compete on the LPGA and European Tour on a consistent basis...

No. 1: The Future Is Bright

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    Based on her background and modest personality, it appears that Beatriz Recari wants to be a golfer first and a cultural figure second.

    Given her recent run of success, it appears that she has nowhere to go but up in the years ahead.

    You can bet we'll be watching...