Kristi Arrington – her maiden name – came to the University of New Mexico as a young woman and played on the women’s golf team. As an amateur golfer, Arrington was a first team All-American and a three-time all-conference player. While at UNM, Kristi won the 1984 New Mexico State Invitational, the New Mexico Amateur Championship, and the coveted Dick McGuire Invitational.
After attending UNM, Kristi made some lifelong decisions. In 1986, she qualified for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour on her first attempt, and in 1987 she married her husband Fred Albers.
Albers considers El Paso her home and presently represents Vista Hills Country Club and El Paso Country Club – although she travels quite a bit on the LPGA tour. After 20 years on the tour she compiled quite a record of accomplishments. Albers started her rookie season in 1986 in grand style by tying for 23rd on the money list and recorded her first LPGA career hole-in-one.
In 1988, Albers tied for 8th at the U.S. Women’s Open and scored her second career hole-in-one. In 1989 and 1991, she placed in the top-10 four times and in 1992, she had a pair of second place finishes. The 1993 season proved to be a banner year as Albers won the Sprint Classic and posted seven top-20 finishes.
In 1998, she posted her career round low of 62, and in 2003, Albers surpassed the $2 million mark in career earnings. Albers also managed motherhood while playing on tour, and in 2001, gave birth to her first son, Austin.
Albers is a member of the El Paso Hall of Fame and the Golf Hall of Fame.