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Gerina Piller, UTEP Standout, Solheim Cup hero

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Gerina Piller, UTEP Standout, Solheim Cup hero

Although Gerina Piller (née Mendoza) was born and raised in Roswell, N.M., she currently calls Fort Worth, Texas home.  She didn’t pick up a club until she was 15, but Piller proved to be a natural talent. While attending Goddard High School, she capped off her quick rise through the junior ranks with a win at the 2003 New Mexico State 4A High School Championship. Her early success earned Piller a scholarship to the University of Texas El Paso.
 
After offically "arriving" in Texas, Piller excelled while at UTEP.  She became a national figure in amateur golf during her senior year when she won four tournaments, including individual honors at the 2007 Conference USA Championship. In recognition of her achievements, Piller was named the 2007 Conference USA Player of the Year and the UTEP Female Athlete of the Year.
 
Piller turned pro in September 2007 and played on the Futures Tour before earning her full playing privileges on the LPGA Tour in 2011. Although she has yet to win, Piller has been one of the LPGA’s most consistent performers. Since 2013, the long-hitting Piller has recorded 17 top-ten finishes, has been a member of two U.S. Solheim Cup teams, and holed the deciding putt to bring Team USA the victory in 2015.
 
Piller's husband Martin, a graduate of Texas A&M, also plays professional golf.  The two first met in 2009, when they shared a cart at a golf outing in Dallas.  Martin is a member of the PGA Tour and has five victories on the web.com tour.  Gerina is enjoying a rare "home game" this week (April 28 - May 1) as she joins a stellar group of Texans in Irving as they compete at the LPGA's Volunteers of America Shootout.  Click here for information and tickets.
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