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Model Golfer (and Newly Victorious) Tisha Alyn Abrea

A photo recently posted to social media by Tisha Alyn Abrea caught our eye, and it's easy to see why:

This was a shot taken on behalf of one of Tisha's sponsors, VYB-X Active Bands. And it reminded me of something I've always thought: Why do golf brands bother hiring professional models? There are so many women in professional golf who'd be great at modeling in apparel catalogs or in any golf company's advertising or website. Hiring pro golfers as your models is also a great way to support women's golf.

Tisha, as is plainly obvious to anyone with eyes, is certainly qualified for modeling gigs. So we checked in with her to see what's happening in that part of her career.

"It's a field I'm trying to branch into and I'm definitely interested in," Abrea told us, speaking of modeling. "Becoming a golf model/fitness model is something I've always wanted to do."

And she has had contact with a modeling agency; Tisha has also talked with fitness companies that have noticed the fitness shots she posts on Instragram (@tishaalyn).

But don't get the idea that modeling has surpassed golf on Tisha's to-do list. It definitely hasn't.

Abrea is now in her first full year as a professional golfer (she turned pro after graduating from Cal State Fullerton last year).

So how is 2016 going so far?

"I've played in four mini-tour events this year and came Top 5 in all of them," Tisha told us. "I came 2nd in my first one, which was a good start to the year."

Abrea is playing on the NWGA Tour, which stages tournaments in both California and Florida (the Florida wing used to be called the Suncoast Series). But she'll be heading to Arizona for a couple months playing on the Cactus Tour next. That will serve as her prep for a run at Q-School later in the year.

Postscript: Tisha's First Pro Win
How about this for timing: As we were preparing to post this piece, Tisha recorded the first victory of her professional golf career. It happened on March 10 in the NWGA tournament at Hidden Valley Golf Club in Norco, Calif. How'd she do it? In style: Abrea shot 70-70-67 and won by 11 strokes.

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