Golf has officially arrived at American Family Field with the opening of the Brewers’ new X-Golf America facility.
And to celebrate the opening, golf social media influencer and former pro Paige Spiranac had the honor of leading the ceremonial first drive Thursday on one of the golf simulator bays located on the Club Level above left field.
Then on Friday, she returned to the ballpark for another ceremonial honor.
This time, she traded in her golf clubs for some baseball gear and a Christian Yelich jersey as the 29-year-old threw out one of the pitches for the first time on Friday before the Brewers’ 7-6 walk-off victory. .
Yelich caught his pitch.
Along with X-Golf America ambassador Spiranac, Brewers outfielder Keston Hiura gave one of the seven golf simulator bays a try on Friday.
The facility was opened to the public on Friday.
The indoor bays are spread over two floors, with three offering views of the park. X-Golf offers more than 50 famous golf courses to play.
The area also has two full bars and seating areas for game viewing.
Spiranac has over 3.6 million followers on Instagram, 1.4 million followers on TikTok, 673,700 followers on Twitter and nearly 300,000 subscribers to her YouTube channel, which she uses for golf instruction and exercise videos.
She played college golf at the University of Arizona for one season before transferring to San Diego State University for her final three years. She was an All-Mountain West Conference player during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.
After college, she was briefly part of the women’s golf development tour before attempting to qualify for the LPGA Tour. She played in the American Century Famous Golf Championship last summer in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, an event won by Burlington native and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers finished ninth. Spiranac was tied for 24th in a field of 87.
You can make reservations to play at X-Golf America on game days or non-game days at brewers.com/xgolf.
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This article originally appeared on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Golf influencer Paige Spiranac throws first pitch before Brewers game