Cortney Reno is a Michigander, Dearborn born, Grosselle bred, the state golf champ in 1997, and matriculated through the University of Michigan. She called her college days at Big Blue "a great learning experience - being involved in Michigan athletics makes you want to be a better athlete."
She was a pretty good athlete in college - one tournament victory and 12 Top 10s. Cortney turned pro after graduating from Michigan in 2002, and in 2003 embarked on her tour career. And it's been a steady march forward for Reno. In fact, she says:
"My biggest accomplishment, besides winning tournaments or player of the year, is improving every year since my rookie year. Playing professionally is something I've always wanted to do and it was a big transition from college. Since then, I have improved every year and I still love it, and especially love the challenge it brings. I love being tested under pressure and thrive - almost crave that feeling of being put on the spot and having to perform."
Cortney mentioned winning tournaments and awards: In 2005, she was Player of the Year on the Canadian Women's Tour after posting one victory and leading the money list. Cortney also played 11 times on the Futures Tour that year, winning the Children's Hospital Futures Golf Classic in Maryland.
While win No. 2 on the Futures Tour has yet to come, Cortney's 2007 season was her best overall to date. She made 17 of 19 cuts, including four Top 10s, lowered her scoring average by more than a full stroke, and finished 20th on the Futures Tour money list.
"I am working with my coach in Tampa right now," Cortney said, "and getting ready to start in March - first the Florida Open as a warmup, and then the Futures Tour."
Cortney plans to play every Futures Tour event in 2008 "in hopes of improving on my year-ending position from last year and gaining some sort of LPGA status. I'm ready to put the work in to get there!"
One more note about Cortney: She is one of the Play Golf Designs professionals.