"Anya Alvarez (22, Pittsburgh, Pa.) – A fiery competitor on the course, Alvarez has overcome enormous odds off the course. A rookie on the Symetra Tour in 2012, Alvarez qualified and made the cut in the 2011 U.S. Women’s Open in her first attempt. She is an outspoken activist and public speaker on raising awareness of sexual abuse." - From Golf Channel's announcement of the Big Break Atlantis contestants
Anya Alvarez was the Oklahoma state girls champion her junior year in high school, then embarked on a college career at the University of Washington. There, she posted five Top 10 finishes. She turned pro in 2011, and in 2012, a matter of weeks before the premiere of Big Break Atlantis, played in her first Futures Tour event and finished 23rd. Alvarez is also a spokesperson for the KidSafe Foundation, an organization that educates parents and children about protecting kids from sexual abuse and other forms of abuse.