“Hattie Goes Golfing” is about a young gopher trying to fit in at her local course
By Jim Bebbington
Colorado native and golf influencer Paige Spiranac and her sister Lexie Mitchell are publishing their first children’s book this fall, “Hattie Goes Golfing.”
The book is being published by Back Nine Press out of New York and is illustrated by Mai Kemble, who has illustrated 16 other children’s books.
“Hattie Goes Golfing” is about a young gopher who discovers the game and faces resistance when she tries to play. It is based on Paige’s experiences growing up. The course featured in the book, Morrison Municipal Golf Course, doesn’t exist, but it is modeled after the courses Spiranac played.
“I’ve not always felt accepted in the golf community and the golf industry, and so we wanted to share that story. I owe everything that I’ve ever done to golf, so this is my way to give back,” Spiranac said.
Spiranac and her older sister Lexie grew up in Monument. Sprianac was a gymnast and competitive youth golfer, winning youth tournaments and earning a scholarship to play at the University of Arizona. She failed in her 2016 attempt to get her card to play on the LPGA Tour, but by then had already begun to use social media platforms to interact with golf fans.
Spiranac’s media work has blossomed into a small empire of events, instruction videos, podcasts, social media posts and sponsorship deals, coordinated through her company based at PaigeSpiranac.com. She has more than 11 million followers across her social media platforms and is one of the most-followed golf celebrities in the world.
Copies of ‘Hattie Goes Golfing’ are available at Back9Press.com.
Colorado AvidGolfer Magazine is the state’s leading resource for golf and the lifestyle that surrounds it, publishing eight issues annually and proudly delivering daily content via coloradoavidgolfer.com.
Jim Bebbington is Director of Content for Colorado AvidGolfer and can be reached at [email protected]