LPGA golfer Ryann O’Toole is ready for the new season and every indication is that 2017 may be her best yet. O’Toole has a lot to look forward to, professionally and personally, having finished up 2016 by inking both a new sponsorship deal with the market-disrupting PXG and an engagement to her girlfriend, Gina Marra, a powersports executive.
A California native and natural athlete, O’Toole spent her time as a young girl surfing and wakeboarding, playing softball and basketball, training in karate, and skateboarding. She was bitten by the golf bug at age 12, honing her skills on the local municipal course in San Clemente before heading to UCLA to compete for the Lady Bruins.
After college, she turned pro in 2009 and went on to literally get her “Big Break” on the Golf channel’s reality competition show of the same name in 2011. Also that year, following her sixth place finish on the show, O’Toole was named as a Captain’s Pick to the Solheim Cup Team, where she recorded a 2-0-2 record while proudly representing the United States.
These days, O’Toole has solidified her place on the LPGA tour and makes her home in Scottsdale, Ariz., with Gina and their four dogs, Bogey, Chloe, Tory and Brodie. When not on the golf course, she can typically be found shopping, working out or practicing yoga.
I was able to speak with O’Toole as she prepared to depart for the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic, which kicks off the 2017 LPGA tour. O’Toole is hoping to build on her three top 10 finishes in 2016 and was happy to indulge in a quick Fast 5 questions before taking on 18 holes on Paradise Island.
1. Do you have a hidden talent? Do tell!
Yes, I do. I can tear an apple in half with my bare hands. I’m also one step below a black belt in karate.
2. If they started offering free trips to the moon tomorrow, would you go?
Definitely! I’m always up for a new adventure and that sounds like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
3. Early bird or night owl?
Early bird all the way. I’m very committed to my fitness routine and that doesn’t allow for too many lazy mornings in bed.
4. If you could have one superpower, what would you want it to be and why?
I think I’d want my superpower to be the ability to take on anyone else’s superpower. That way, I could always disarm them.
5. Finish this sentence. “I think the key to being happy is…”
…following your heart!