Rachel Connor, an English golfer on the LPGA’s Symetra Tour, was arrested early Wednesday morning in Florida on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Connor, 21, a Bradenton resident from Manchester, England, reportedly was stopped shortly after 2 a.m. when a Sarasota County deputy sheriff reported her car going about 40 mph in a 20-mph zone on Ocean Boulevard in Siesta Key.
The deputy “smelled a very strong odor of alcoholic beverage,” according to the incident report cited by the Herald-Tribune.
Eddie George, a Heisman Trophy-winning running back from Ohio State and a former NFL star, was a passenger in Connor’s car but was not detained. Connor, a former student at IMG Academies in Bradenton, had been participating with George in a local golf tournament.
According to the incident report, the deputy said that Connor failed field-sobriety tests and that her blood alcohol level on a breathalyzer registered at .133 and .137. The legal limit in Florida is .08.
Connor said she consumed two vodka cranberry drinks, the deputy reported.
“I felt like I was OK to drive,” Connor was quoted in the report.
She was released that afternoon on $500 bond.
Last year on the Futures Tour, her second on the LPGA’s developmental circuit, Connor played in 11 tournaments, earning $6,623 to rank 85th on the season money list.