The enduring characteristics of a champion
In the increasingly inclusive and diverse world of sports, we’re proud to shine the spotlight on our UKG-sponsored athletes. These inspiring individuals are known for paving the way forward for their sports while inspiring fans and giving back to their communities.
Our UKG-sponsored athletes excel in their respective fields and display the true characteristics of champions: competitive focus, intellectual preparation, rigorous training, commitment to teamwork, and finely tuned people skills. And these are all characteristics and values we strive to inspire in our own people at UKG.
Ashleigh “Ash” Barty, 26, was the number one tennis player in the world until deciding to retire at the top in March of 2022. Born in Queensland, Australia, Ash owns 15 career WTA singles titles and 12 WTA doubles titles. Her first Grand Slam singles victory in 2019 propelled her to the top of the world rankings, where she has remained ever since. She recently won the Australian Open, becoming the first Australian home Singles Champion in 44 years. Ash is also a talented multisport athlete. During a brief hiatus from tennis in 2014, she enjoyed a successful stint as a professional cricketer and is the reigning women’s golf champion at her home club. In retirement, Ash plans to pursue new business opportunities including the release of a new memoir in November of 2022. She also plans to become more involved with her existing charitable efforts focused on improving access to sport for the youth of Australia.
Brittany Altomare, 31, was born in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, and turned pro in 2014 after graduating from the University of Virginia as a four-time All-American and 2013 ACC Player of the Year. Altomare has 17 Top-10 finishes on the LPGA Tour, including four runner-up results. She was a member of the 2019 and 2021 U.S. Solheim Cup teams and has amassed over $3.2 million in career earnings.
Brooke Henderson, 24, has been nothing short of sensational on the LPGA Tour since her debut in 2015, earning 12 career victories, including two major victories (2022 Evian Championship and 2016 Women’s PGA Championship), and 70 Top-10 finishes. Henderson was born in Smiths Falls, Canada, and has collected over $10.4 million in career earnings. She represented Canada in the 2016 and 2020 Olympics, was the recipient of the Founders Award in 2019, and holds the distinction of all-time winningest Canadian golfer.
Christen Press, 33, is a 2x World Cup Champion and Olympian who has become a household name across the globe. Her talent has been evident since her days at Stanford University where she would go on to become the all-time leading goal scorer and be selected as Soccer America Player of the Year. That success continued into her professional career where she’s been a leader for the US Women’s National Soccer team and, most recently, Angel City FC. Christen also shines off the field as she is widely-recognized as a role model, entrepreneur, and passionate advocate for inclusivity and pay equity.
Dan Cnossen, 41, is a former Navy SEAL and current biathlete and cross-country skier. Since leaving his hometown of Topeka, Kansas, Dan has embarked on a remarkable career journey. A winner of one gold medal, four silver medals, and one bronze medal at the 2018 Paralympics, Dan was named Male Paralympic Athlete of the Games. Prior to his Paralympic success, Dan earned medals of a different sort. As U.S. Naval Academy graduate and SEAL Team Commander, Dan was wounded in Afghanistan. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with Valor. Dan holds multiple advanced degrees from Harvard University and is a renowned public speaker, sharing stories and lessons from his ongoing journey. Dan represented the U.S. once again at the 2022 Paralympic Games in Beijing, China, where he won another gold medal, bringing his medal total to 7.
Fred Couples, 62, is one of the most recognizable golfers in the world. Couples, nicknamed Boom Boom, has earned over $35 million during his illustrious career, highlighted by 15 PGA TOUR victories, his most iconic coming at the 1992 Masters. A former World No. 1, with 89 professional wins to his name, it is easy to see why he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2013. Most recently, Couples shot a 60 to win the 2022 SAS Championship by 6 strokes after being down by 3 heading into the final round.
Gaby López, 29, is a three-time winner on the LPGA Tour and the highest ranked player from Mexico in the world. The University of Arkansas graduate has 20 career Top 10s to her name and most recently won the Dana Open in 2022. Gaby was born in Mexico City and represented her country at the 2016 and 2020 Olympic Games. Gaby has earned over $3.4 million in her LPGA career and has become a leaderboard fixture over the last two seasons.
J.T. Poston, 29, is a rising star who turned professional in 2015 and earned his PGA TOUR card in 2017. Born in Hickory, North Carolina, Poston played collegiate golf at Western Carolina University. A winner in 2022 at the John Deere Classic and in 2019 at the Wyndham Championship, Poston now owns 14 Top-10 results and over $10.3 million in career earnings in his young career.
Leona Maguire, 28, is an Irish professional golfer on the LPGA Tour. She made history by becoming the first Irish woman to win an event on the LPGA in 2022. Maguire is currently one of the hottest names on tour as she already has 14 career Top 10s and over $2.8 million in career earnings since her debut as a professional in 2018. Leona also represented Team Europe in the 2021 Solheim Cup where she went undefeated in all her matches to help clinch the trophy. Off the course, Leona is an ambassador for the Irish American Partnership where she helps equip schools across Ireland with the resources needed to educate and inspire the next generation of Irish leaders.
Lexi Thompson, 27, is an icon on the LPGA Tour with 11 LPGA Tour victories, 83 career Top-10 finishes, and 15 professional victories total. Thompson is a Florida native with over $13.3 million in career earnings. She has been a member of five Solheim Cup teams, participated in four UL International Crown tournaments, and represented Team USA in the 2016 and 2020 Olympics. Most recently, Thompson won the Aramco Team Series (New York) during the Ladies European Tour.
Marina Alex, 32, has 30 Top-10 finishes in her LPGA career, including a breakthrough win at the 2018 Cambia Portland Classic thanks in part to a career-low 62 (-10) in the opening round. The Wayne, New Jersey, native and 2015 inductee to the Vanderbilt University Hall of Fame, was a two-time SEC Player of the Year in college and has earned over $4.04 million during her playing career. A first-time selection for the U.S. Solheim Cup Team in 2019, it was Marina’s graciousness in defeat that stands as one of the most iconic moments in golf that season. Marina’s most recent victory was at the 2022 Palos Verdes Championship presented by Bank of America.
Megan Khang, 24, continues to reach new heights on the LPGA Tour, having collected 30 Top-10 finishes since her 2016 debut and surpassing $4.1 million in career earnings. Hailing from Rockland, Massachusetts, Khang is an eight-time U.S. Challenge Cup Junior Golf Foundation Player of the Year and helped Team USA win the 2015 Junior Solheim Cup as the only player to go 5- 0. She earned a spot on the 2019 and 2021 U.S. Solheim Cup teams and, most recently, had a second-place finish at the Dana Open presented by Marathon.
Notah Begay III, 50, is a former PGA TOUR Champion, having won 4 times on the PGA TOUR to go along with 14 Top-10 finishes. Prior to his pro career, Notah played collegiately at Stanford and was teammates with Tiger Woods, and they remain very good friends to this day. Though Notah’s PGA TOUR career was limited by injury, his immense talent helped win over $5.2 million on course. In 2013, Notah turned to television where he has become a staple of Golf Channel and NBC broadcasts. In 2022, Notah has reinvigorated his professional playing career, playing in two tournaments on the PGA TOUR Champions. He plans to continue playing competitively while also maintaining his broadcasting role with NBC and Golf Channel. Notah, who is one-half Navajo, one-quarter San Felipe and one-quarter Isleta, is a dedicated philanthropist and leads the NB3 foundation, focused on improving Native American children’s health.
Sahith Theegala, 24, is a rising star on the PGA TOUR after a stellar 2022 rookie season. While he is still seeking his first career win, Sahith already has six Top-10 finishes to his name with his most recent notable performance on TOUR: 1st at QBE Shootout with partner Tom Hoge. Prior to turning pro, Sahith played collegiately at Pepperdine University where he was the school’s first National Player of the Year and a threetime All-American. He loves to play online chess when he is not on the course and despite being from California, he feels a strong connection to his parents’ Indian roots. So far, Sahith has earned over $4.7 million on-course and does not appear to be slowing down any time soon.
Sydney Leroux, 32, is one of the brightest stars in soccer and leader for the NWSL’s Orlando Pride. Born in Surrey, Canada, Sydney has achieved the highest levels of success throughout her playing career receiving a full-ride scholarship to UCLA, winning a U-20 World Cup Championship along with a Golden Boot trophy, a place on the US Women’s National Team and, ultimately, appearances in the 2012 Olympic Games and 2015 Women’s World Cup that has made her an icon for the nation. Off the field, Sydney is an advocate for equality for all and a devoted mother to her two children: Cassius and Roux.
Will Zalatoris, 26, has quickly become a star since bursting onto the scene in 2021, already recording 17 career Top-10 finishes, including 2nd place finishes at each of The Masters, the PGA Championship and the US Open. Zalatoris, who hails from San Francisco, California, achieved his first victory at 2022 FedEx St. Jude Championship in a playoff against Sepp Straka. The former Wake Forest Demon Deacon was named the 2021 PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year, has amassed four runner-up performances (three at the Majors), and has earned over $12.9 million through his playing career.