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What Maria had to say about getting the sponsors exemption for the P&G Beauty Classic.

"With this being my first LPGA event in the United States, it's exciting, something I want to take advantage of,"
Verchenova said.

Verchenova, who arrived in Northwest Arkansas at 3 a.m. Sunday night after flying from Moscow to Atlanta over the weekend, has been practicing in Germany the last two weeks. To play in this week's event, Verchenova said she's missing three events on the Ladies European Tour — but it's well worth it.

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"This is my goal, I eventually want to play on the LPGA Tour all the time," Verchenova said. "But I'm going to play one more year in Europe and possibly think about (qualifying school) in the future. For now, I'm just trying to play good golf and have fun."

Verchenova spent Monday practicing on the range and playing a round with her caddie, Todd Dunnaway. She said she liked Pinnacle Country Club's renovated course and felt she had a chance to be a serious competitor this weekend.

A new yardage book even had to be made for Verchenova on Monday because she didn't understand the yardages — she wanted the lengths in meters.

"I looked at my yardage book and I was all confused, I only understand the metric system," Verchenova said.


Quotes From Maria

"'My dad took me to the Czech Republic when I was 12 and we went for a coffee at a golf club,' Verchenova said. 'The next day we went back and I tried hitting a few balls with a local coach. He said I had a talent for the game and I should play. When I got back we went to Moscow City Golf Club and that's how I started.

'I didn’t even know what golf was when I was young because my family was poor and everybody in Russia is focused on tennis. But thanks to my parents I was given a chance.'"

"Russia doesn’t have programs such as Korea, Japan, countries in Europe or the US have. We have support in tennis and hockey but not in golf so this is something we have to work on. It has been tough for me to get to this level considering the difficulties which came to me along my young career. I wish I could have had more support and experienced people to rely on in the past. But the exciting part is that I can be this person for the next generation and this is priceless! I will do all my best to be a good pioneer and give back."


Ladies European Tour Career
  • Career Earnings (Euro) 63,617.42
  • Tournaments Played 37
  • Tournaments Won 0
  • Top Ten Finishes 2
  • Completed Rounds 101
  • Low Round 66
  • Stroke Average 74.65
  • Total vs. Par +267

LPGA Tour Career

  • Honda LPGA T37th $9,035
  • P&G Beauty NW Ark MC 0


  • 2007 S4/C Wales Ladies Championship 10th Place
  • 2008 DB Ladies Swiss Open 11th Place
  • 2008 Tenerife Ladies Open 5th Place

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Maria's Bio

Bio of Professional Golfer Maria Verchenova
Born: March 27, 1986
Residence: Moscow, Russia
Parents: Vitaly and Galina
Siblings: Anna
University: Russian State University of Sport and Tourism
School: Moscow Ballet School
Favorite Writer: Irwin Shaw
Favorite Poet: William Shakespeare, Boris Pasternak
Favorite Movie: Bodyguard
Favorite Music: Rhythm and Blues, Pop, R&B
Favorite Food: Italian
Favorite Drink: Water
Height: 5-6 (176 cm)