When Maggie Noel left college with a business degree, she headed not onto the fairways of a pro golf tour, but into the business world and behind a desk.
Now, she's back in the swing and pursuing a golf career. We'll see her in the Ladies European Tour Q-School first-stage qualifier in Marrakech, Morocco, which takes place Dec. 6-9 2012.
Originally from Houston, Maggie started playing golf through the First Tee program. Her junior and high school career was impressive enough to earn a college scholarship, and she played her college golf at the University of North Texas near Dallas.
After graduating, she took a job in sales. But the lure of golf got her back into competition. In 2011, not long after returning to Houston and rededicating herself to competitive golf, Noel won the Women's TGA Texas State Amateur. Shortly after that success, she turned pro.
In 2012, Maggie has played some events on the Cactus Tour, with a high finish of third place so far. And she played in the first stage qualifier for LPGA Q-School.
As you can tell from the photos, she's also done some modeling. Hopefully, she'll do more.
You can follow Maggie on Twitter at @ShePlaysGolf. She also has a blog on Tumbler at sheplaysgolf.tumblr.com, and I highly recommend it. She doesn't post all that often, but when she does, her writing is more personal, in-depth and insightful than is typical from an athlete's blog. Bonus: More pics!