This two-time LPGA winner has big plans for her post-professional career

With the exception of legends like Juli Inkster and Laura Davies, modern female pros tend to leave professional competition far earlier than their male counterparts. Annika Sorenstam, Lorena Ochoa and Suzann Pettersen are three players who left competition full-time at high points in their respective careers to raise families and pursue other interests.

Even 25-year-old Lydia Ko made headlines when, at the age of 17, she revealed she couldn’t see herself staying on tour after 30 years.

It’s no surprise, then, that today’s female stars already have their post-professional careers on their minds, and 31-year-old Marina Alex, who just picked up her second career win in May, is no exception.

On this week’s episode of Off Course with Claude Harmon, Alex revealed what she would like to pursue once she stops competing all year.

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“There are a lot of other things that interest me,” Alex said. “I don’t feel like golf is the only thing I want to do and be successful at. I love golf and I don’t want to be without it. I think I’m pretty passionate about where our tour is and women’s golf is, and where that could be, and that’s the path I’m going to take next.

Alex says she doesn’t know exactly what it will look like, but she wants to see the game grow.

“I would love to see something like a Presidents Cup become a team event with one guy and one girl,” she said, acknowledging that big changes don’t happen overnight.

“You plan small intermediate steps to get things moving,” she continued. “Let’s say I would like to organize a mixed Presidents Cup. It would be amazing, but you don’t start until tomorrow. So, it’s like, what are the little in-between phases that can make this a reality? And that’s the planning that I kind of have to do.

For more on Alex, including why his second win was so much sweeter than his first, and the glaring differences between the PGA and LPGA Tour, check out the full interview below.

Jessica Marksbury

As a four-year member of Columbia’s premier class of female varsity golfers, Jessica can top everyone at the masthead. She can also outdo them in the office, where she’s primarily responsible for producing print and online features, and overseeing large special projects, such as GOLF’s first style issue, which debuted in February 2018. His original interview series, “A Round With,” debuted in November 2015 and appeared both in the magazine and as a video on

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