Tanaka is paired with her sister Misa as one of 11 teams on The Amazing Race 20.
The Tanaka sisters are from San Diego, Calif., and both played golf for their high school team. In fact, the two of them started their high school's golf team.
Maiya went on to play collegiately at UCLA, where her teammates included Ryann O'Toole and Tiffany Joh. Since turning pro, she has played events on the Futures Tour and Canadian Women's Tour.
But Maiya is still best-known as a contestant on the Golf Channel's Big Break franchise. Tanaka appeared in the Big Break Sandals Resorts season.
Can a golf background help Maiya perform on The Amazing Race? In the Tanakas' cast bio, Maiya says yes: "I'm competitive, have a lot of mental and physical talent and drive - I want to win!"
The Amazing Race 20 premieres on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 19.
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