Hally Leadbetter comes from a great golf family. Her mother won the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship the first two years it was played. She was known as Kelly Fuiks back then. And Hally's father ... um ... I forget who her father is.
And Hally is very good at golf. Although it didn't start out that way. According to an article in Golfweek, when Hally decided to give golf a try in middle school, she shot 136 in her first 18-hole round.
Hally played golf in high school at the IMG David Leadbetter Academy and got good enough fast enough to earn a scholarship to the University of Arkansas.
She redshirted as a sophomore, then transferred to Rollins College, where she is now a senior in golf eligibility. In her two years at Rollins she's been named second team All-America both years.
"Rollins is the No. 1 D2 (NCAA Division II) team in the country," Hally said. "We finished second at the National Championships last year. My biggest goal for us this year is to finish first."
Rollins may be D2, but it has a big advantage for Leadbetter: A Florida school, it's very close to home. Besides, it's one of the best women's golf programs regardless of division. (USA Today recently ranked Rollins No. 11 overall.)
Hally, 22, is active on campus, too. A major in Communication Studies, she cohosts a show on the school's radio station, WPRK. And she's on the executive board for the school's Student Athletic Advisory Committee.
"My biggest passion is to make people smile and laugh," Hally said. "I'm a pretty silly person."
But serious about golf. In the 2013-14 season, Leadbetter posted two Top 10s including her first college victory at the Lady Bucs Invitational.
In the 2014-15 season, Hally had four Top 10s. That included a pair of fourth-place finishes, plus runner-up at the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational, hosted by Rollins.
And she teed off her 2015-16 season with her second college win at the Ross Resorts Invitational a couple weeks ago.
Oh, her biggest win yet happened at 2013 Women's Southern Amateur, one of the top amateur tournaments in the United States.
What happens when her senior year is over? Hally plans to turn pro and play golf in Europe.
Ultimately, she wants to put that Communications degree to work: "I would love to combine my passion for golf, knowledge of the game, and humor into a career in broadcast journalism for golf. My ultimate goal is to become an analyst on Golf Channel, ESPN or Sky Sport."
(Photos courtesy of Hally Leadbetter; above, with Michelle Wie; middle, with Annabel Rolley.)