Maiya Tanaka began playing golf at the young age of 11. It all started when Maiya's father stumbled upon a local First Tee program, where he enrolled Maiya along with her siblings. Maiya went on to compete and successfully win in local tournaments, qualifying for the U.S.G.A. Girls Junior Championship of the Year (2000) as the youngest competitor on the West Coast to qualify.
Maiya was not only proving herself in the golf world but was succeeding in academics as well. She was accepted to her dream school, UCLA. It wasn’t till her junior year when she was afforded the opportunity to join the team. She quickly recovered her game after three years off, playing in 6 tournaments, 19 rounds, and posting counting scores towards the team’s number. In 2006-07 Maiya placed 20th at the Pac 10 Championships and qualified to play in NCAA Regional’s and National’s, posting an even par first round at Regional's and ending up tied for 65th in the nation at nationals. Maiya also was selected to represent UCLA for the All-Star team that traveled to China, Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea in 2008.
Determined to make a name for herself, Maiya enrolled in the LPGA qualifying school in 2013. She began at the first stage in Palm Springs, CA and competed well enough to advance. Maiya gained momentum at the second stage located in Florida by shooting eight under par. By the final stage at the LPGA course in Daytona Beach, FL she was awarded full status on the Symetra tour. The 2014 Symetra Tour was Maiya's first full season. She is looking forward to 2015 and states she is just getting started! Maiya plans to compete in the CN Canadian Tour, Cactus Tour, Symetra, and LPGA Qualifying tournaments in 2015.
In August 2017 he played his first competition on national level. He had no idea how it’s gonna end but that ‘German Long Drive Championship’ was a huge turning point in his life. He went up second and hit the longest ball of the day amongst experienced Long Drive Professionals, who encouraged him to take this sport seriously… and that’s what I did.
After a tremendous 2018 season and winning the European Tour Rankings in his Rookie season, he dared to compete on the World Long Drive tour in 2019, which pushed him into the Top10 World Rankings starting from Rank 45 in the beginning of the season and obviously being unranked in 2017.
2019 WLD ROC City Rumble - 2nd Place