For Laura Diaz, playing golf has always been a family affair. She cherishes the support she gets from her husband, dad, and brother, all golfing professionals. One of the top American players on the 2005 LPGA tour, Laura finished in the top 10 at three major tournaments. She is also a three-time member of the ultra-competitive and prestigious Solheim Cup Team, which plays the top European-born players from the Ladies European Tour. In 2004, this tough competitor recovered from off-season ankle surgery to accomplish seven Top 10 finishes. "It's a game that I love and I enjoy the intensity of the competition with all the great players I play against week in and week out," says Laura.
On the links by age nine, Laura has a long history of being the best. Her ascent to professional status began in college, where she was the 1995 ACC champion, a First-Team All-American from 1996-1997, and 1997 Female Athlete of the Year. In 1998, Laura was named Rookie of the Year on the Women Professional Golfers' European Tour (WPGET) and qualified for the LPGA Tour.
An athletic trainer introduced Laura to Shaklee in 2002. "What greatly interested me were the natural ingredients in the Shaklee products," says Laura. "The combination of the Energizing Soy Protein and Physique® Workout Maximizer supplements helped both my husband and me see a big change in our bodies. I definitely felt better about my body in general and getting stronger helped to improve my golf." Laura also uses Physique® while on the course as a nutritional snack to keep her revved up through 18 holes. She not only likes the taste-she appreciates that Physique helps her muscles recover after an intense workout.
Competing from March through November, Laura spends 26 weeks each year traveling to tournaments throughout the country. In addition to competing, she maintains a strict workout regimen including weight-lifting and cardiovascular training. During the off-season, she also plays golf six times per week. Her schedule will be even tighter next season, as Laura is expecting her first baby in January 2006. "It's going to be quite challenging to fit it all in!" says Laura.
Shaklee products, integral to her training, now play a part in her new lifestyle as a mom-to-be. "It's been great using Shaklee products during my pregnancy," says Laura. "If I'm lacking protein, I can grab a protein shake and know that what's going into my body is all natural."
In 2006 Laura is determined to defend her position as one of the top American players on the LPGA Tour, wants to get back into the Winners' Circle, and would be very excited to qualify to play on her fourth Solheim Cup Team in September 2007, in Sweden.