More women celebrities are playing in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am with a record number this year.
Kira Kazantsev was one of 10 ladies who hit the links at the pro-am.
Kazantsev is no stranger to big crowds, as a former Miss America, she is used to the spotlight, but playing the Pebble Beach Pro-Am is different.
“I could be Miss America all day long in front of crowds, but chipping for par or something is an entirely different animal, those crowds expect a lot, but I appreciate them,” said Kazantsev.
Kazantsev was a last minute addition to the amateurs in the tournament. She said she got the call on Monday and immediately packed her bags.
“So I jumped in the car and went and it’s been a whirlwind ever since.”
For Kazantsev, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity she couldn’t refuse.
“I’m from the Bay Area so I grew up always hearing about the Pebble Beach Pro-Am and to actually be here and experience it for myself is an out of body experience,” said Kazantsev.
Kazantsev competed against 156 other celebrities, professional athletes and business leaders, bringing a little girl power to the lineup and hoping to inspire other future women golfers.
“It’s hard to look up to role models who don’t look like you so to see little girls on the golf course and say this could be you! You should get into golf, and encourage that in little girls is really important to me,” said Kazantsev.
Kazantsev was one of two women to make the final cut and play Sunday in the tournament.
She was also recently hired on as the lifestyle correspondent for the Golf Channel’s new show “Golf Advisor Living” and she has her own podcast called “What We Do.”