This is the first time we've featured Chelsea Bach on Golf Babes. Her story is an interesting one, because - especially in women's golf, where the paychecks are much smaller than on men's pro golf tours - sometimes a golfer's route to the tour life is a circuitous one.
After playing many sports while growing up in a small town in Illinois, Chelsea turned her focus to golf in time to win the 2002 Illinois Girls Junior State Championship. A four-year collegiate career followed, three seasons at Illinois State and one at Eastern Illinois.
But Chelsea didn't immediately pursue the life of a tour golfer. Instead, she detoured into the life of a club and teaching professional. She enrolled in the PGA Golf Management University Program and began pursuing her Class A certification to become a golf instructor.
That entailed a move to Arizona. And you know what they have in Arizona? Lots of great golf courses and good weather. Pro tour events. And the Cactus Tour.
She worked in the golf industry for a couple years, but her love for playing competitively kept coming back.
In 2011, Bach entered LPGA Q-School and earned status on the Futures Tour, where she made her debut earlier this year.
So now Chelsea is back pursuing the life of a tour professional as a career. In 2012, she's played on the Women's Canadian Tour, Cactus Tour and Symetra Tour (Futures Tour).