Carling Nolan Announces Retirement from Tournament Golf

Carling (Coffing) Nolan was a Big Break champ and a Futures Tour regular; after Big Break she branched out into vlogging, then television hosting. Now, she is retiring from tournament golf to focus on TV work fulltime. She made the announcement on Twitter:

The Big Break she refers to in the tweet is the just-completed Big Break Invitational. At that event, Nolan made the cut but was eliminated on the next-to-last day in match play.

Carling's first appearance on the Golf Channel show - her introduction to America - was on Big Break Sandals Resorts, the season for which she was the champion. She got into two tournaments as a result of that win, finishing 35th in the (no-cut) 2010 Lorena Ochoa Invitational on the LPGA Tour; and making the cut and finishing 22nd in the LET Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.

And Carling Monday qualified her way into an LPGA tournament just this year, but she mostly played in the years since Big Break on the Symetra Tour (formerly the Futures Tour). Her best career finish on the Symetra Tour was second place at the 2011 Titan Tires Challenge. Before turning pro, Nolan played college golf at Ohio State.

As noted, Nolan began doing TV work along the way, including appearing on a Fox Sports golf show called Tee It Up. That show has since been renamed 18 Holes with Jimmy Hanlin, and Carling cohosts it along with Hanlin. Each episode, the two of them "take viewers to some of the country's most luxurious destination golf courses. In this 30-minute show, Hanlin and Nolan will play the course, provide golf tips, and explore the course's amenities." (You can watch a full episode below to see Carling in action.)

Best wishes to Carling, and best of luck with her new career.

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