Anna DePalma

On a more personal note, golf has provided me with so many memories. One of the most memorable moments of my career was my first Hole in One. It was my first round back after surgery on number 17 of the Dinah Shore Course at Mission Hills. The exhilarating feeling of accomplishment and pride will stick with me forever. I also remember the first time I beat my dad without him letting me win. I got pink grips as the result of a bet we had made. Playing Junior Worlds my senior year of High School was a memorable and humbling experience, as I was able to represent the United States and validate that golfing professionally and representing my country is definitely in my future.

My previous experience and passion leave me no doubt that professional golf is what I am meant to do. I am excited to improve my game mentally and physically to start new chapters of the book I like to call, Anna DePalma; Professional Golfer.

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Upon arrival at Iowa, I was severely injured. I tore my Triangular fibrocartilage Complex (TFCC) in my left wrist, which resulted in surgery. I spent much of my career as a Hawkeye in rehab and physical therapy working to get my wrist back to 100%. The injury and surgery kept me from competitive golf for a year and a half, but I was fortunate to have my third go at the Kathy Whitworth Invitational during the 2014 season. Following extensive rehab, I was able to prove myself to my coaches and began travelling at the end of my senior year.

As a student-athlete I have expanded my resume vastly. I have trained and competed at the collegiate level on top of the experiences I had growing up on a golf course in California. I was fortunate enough to live the ultimate dream of being a Division I student-athlete, while pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.

Being a student athlete I was able gained experience working with athletes of all ages from all over the world. I have coached golf camps for aspiring young golfers, as well as, growing up as a member of a country club. At Iowa, athletes had many opportunities to interact with each other and learn more about other sports, which I took full advantage of in order to expand my knowledge. I am very passionate about all things sports and am highly motivated and committed to being the best I can be, and helping others to do the same. I enjoy overcoming challenges while using my life skills to reach my goals.

Being injured solidified the fact that golf is something I cannot live without. The year and a half I was away from golf, I longed for the opportunity to be back on the course competing. I am now healthy and getting back into the swing of things and I am ready to further my career as a professional.

I am now competing on The Cactus Tour and The Symetra Tour and preparing for Q-School in August. I am spending a lot of time working with my swing and mental coach in order to be successful both physically and mentally.

Hi! I’m Anna DePalma, 25 years old, daughter of Robert and Roxanne DePalma. I was born and raised in San Clemente, California and grew up golfing across the state, further developing my love of the sport. I found my passion for golf in Rancho Mirage, California at Mission Hills Country Club; I knew then that I wanted golf to be my future. I dream of jumping into Poppies Pond next to the 18th green of the Dinah Shore Course after one day winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Golf runs in my family! My younger brother, Matt, attends Hartford University in Hartford Connecticut on a golf scholarship. Some of my fondest memories are golfing with my dad and brother and our “friendly competitions”; this made me the golfer I am today.

I attended the University of Iowa on a golf scholarship; graduating May 2014. I later turned professional shortly after.

In high school, I was a four-year letter winner and named All-league all four years. I was named captain my sophomore, junior and senior seasons, which I mark as one of my greatest accomplishments. Earning the respect of my teammates, while developing my leadership skills have proven beneficial in my life. I was also a four-time scholar athlete award winner.

Academics have always been a top priority of mine. In 2010, I earned first place at the 2010 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section Individual Championship, placed 10th at the CIF Regional Competition, and was named Most Valuable Player of the South Coast League. A year prior, I was the third-place winner of the “Shot from the Top” Toshiba Classic, runner-up at the Palm Desert Tournament, and third place winner at the Cypress Ridge Toyota Cup Series. I had six Top 10 finishes in my high school career and participated in the 2009 Joanne Winter Arizona Silverbelle and 2010 Kathy Whitworth Invitational.

From San Clemente High School, I continued my golfing career at the University of Hawaii. There, I furthered my journey as an athlete, but also gathered experience assisting other athletes. I also gained knowledge of the athletic department as part of my involvement on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). I was the social chairman my sophomore year, where I helped coordinate functions for the Athletic Department and the university as a whole. While at Hawaii, I competed in the 2012 Kathy Whitworth Invitational for the second time.


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