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How well do you know Golf Channel reporter Kira K Dixon? Get to know her better with these facts...
20 Things You Didn't Know About Kira K Dixon
1. Kira was born in San Francisco, California in 1991
2. Her parents are Russian immigrants, who moved to the US in 1990
3. Born Kira Kazantsev, she is trilingual and speaks English, Russian and Spanish
4. She has been a golfer her entire life
5. She won the Miss New York beauty pageant in 2014 after winning the Miss California Preteen and Miss California Jnr titles growing up
6. In 2015 she was named as Miss America
7. Kira graduated from Hofstra University in New York, where she had a triple major in political science, global studies and geography.
8. In 2013, it was reported that she was terminated from her position as the head of recruitment at the Theta Mu chapter sorority (Part of the Alpha Phi group with over 250,000 members) at Hofstra University for alleged abusive hazing. She appeared on Good Morning America on the controversy, saying that she was terminated for not attending a hearing for her case
9. She also graduated with a masters degree from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
10. In 2014 and 2015 she presented a number of high-profile music award shows including the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas alongside Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz
11. In 2017, she attended the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she completed the Stanford Ignite Entrepreneurship program
12. She has a podcast called 'What We Do'
13. She describes herself as "a tireless advocate on women’s issues, keynote speaker, host, podcaster, television personality, and golf enthusiast"
14. Kira has been a long-time partner with nonprofit organisation Safe Horizon, the largest provider of Domestic Violence services in the US. She received their Voice of Empowerment award and serves on their Leaders on the Horizon board
15. Kira joined the USGA as a presenter as one of her first jobs in golf
16. She married her husband Andrew Dixon in 2019
17. She joined the Golf Channel as a reporter in February 2021 after hosting the Golf Advisor Living show for GolfPass
18. At the time of writing, she has over 58,000 followers on Instagram @kirakdixon
19. She is involved with Jack and Barbara Nicklaus' Play Yellow campaign, which supports children's hospitals
20. She has played in numerous Pro-Ams including the Charity Challenge at the 2021 Pebble Beach Pro-Am before the main tournament
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TSR4
3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max
Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max
Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
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