Maiya Tanaka
Maiya Tanaka
Maiya Tanaka

Bio

Maiya Tanaka

EDUCATION:
University of California at Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.) 2004-2009
Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
Human Complex Systems Minor

2010
- Selected for the 13th season of the Golf Channel's series "Big Break"

2009
- Turned Professional;
- Swing was selected to film a Northwestern Mutual Commercial with Imperial Woodpecker;

2008
- Summer - Tied for third at the Long Beach Women's City Championship.
- Selected to represent UCLA on the NCAA All-Star Team - playing in Japan, Korea, China, and Hong Kong.

2007-08
- Earned NGCA All-Central Region Honors.
-Tied for 10th place in the NCAA Central Regionals in Austin, TX and helped the Bruins capture a Regional victory with scores 73-73-72--218.
-Pac 10 Championships, T20 finish
-Kent Youel Collegiate Invitational T19 finish
-Helped vault team up two spots by posting a finishing round of 68 (-4, Collegiate Best) at Ping/ASU Invitational.

2006-07
- Invited to join the UCLA women's golf team.
- Made 6 appearances, played 19 round.
- Placed 20th at the Pac 10 Championships.
- Posted a first round 72 (E) at the NCAA East Regional, T70 in Region.
- Played in the NCAA Championships, T65 in the nation.
- UCLA Director’s Honor Roll

2004
- Accepted to UCLA through academics.

2003
- Led Mira Mesa high school to win Eastern League Championship.

2002
- Selected again to represent San Diego Junior Golf in the Trans-Pacific in Taiwan.
- Selected to represent San Diego for the Junior America's Cup Team.
- Led Mira Mesa high school to C.I.F. Championships.

2001
- Selected to represented San Diego Junior Golf in the Trans-Pacific Cup in Taiwan.
- Selected to represent San Diego for the Junior America's Cup Team - Placed 16th individually.
- Helped found the first girls golf team at Mira Mesa high school.

2000
- Pro Kids Golf Academy Sports Person of the Year.
- Pro Kids Golf Academy Stroke Play Champion.
- San Diego Junior Golf multiple 1st place wins 1998-2002.
- Played as the #1 player on the boys golf team at Mira Mesa High School.
- Qualified for the Boys California Interscholastic Federation (C.I.F.) Championships (only to be deferred playing because of gender, even though Mira Mesa did not have a girls team).

1999
- Qualified for the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship at the Coto De Casa Golf Club (Age 13).
- Played in the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship in Owings Mills, MD.

1997
First Hole-In-One on the first hole of first golf tournament.


Favorite TV show: The Amazing Race

Favorite Sport to watch: Football! Chargers and UCLA Bruins!

Best Moment in Golf: My first hole-in-one in my first golf tournament on the 1st hole when I was 11.

Favorite Quotes: "Golf combines two favorite American pastimes: taking long walks and hitting things with a stick" and "The reason the pro tells you to keep your head down is so you can't see him laughing"

Biggest Fear: Heights

Biggest Accomplishment: Starting the girls golf team at Mira Mesa High School with my sister because otherwise it would have been a sport that was overlooked and now it's still going strong today. When I look back on it, I see how cool it is that it gave a bunch of girls, who would have never had the opportunity, the chance to pick up and love the sport like I do.



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