Charlaine is a native of Cape Town, South Africa, and is a 1995 Magna Cum Laude graduate in History.Charlaine was a three-time Division II National Champion (1993-1995).She received three major awards in 1995, including Today's Top Eight, the Honda Division II Athlete of the Year, and the Virginia NCAA Woman of the Year.Charlaine was a four-time All-American (1992-1995), and a three-time academic All-Scholar honoree.She played on the LPGA Futures Tour for nine years (1996-2004) and competed in the US Womens Open (1998). From 2004-2008, Charlaine instructed at Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in Peggy Kirk Bells' "Golfaris"; the last part of her tenure serving as Director of Golf Schools. In 2006, Charlaine competed in the LPGA Teaching Division National Championship where she tied for first place.In 2008, Charlaine placed third in the LPGA Teaching Division Southeast Sectional Championship. Charlaine won the 2009 LPGA Teaching Division Southeast Sectional Championship. She was honored in 2013 with induction into the Womens Golf Coaches Association, Collegiate Player Hall of Fame.
Also a published author, Charlaine wrote the history of the Farmville Presbyterian Church, in her beloved college town of Farmville, VA.In August 1996, Charlaine married US Air Force Lt. Col. Jay Hirst, in the same church.Charlaine and Jay are blessed with a daughter named Alexandra, born in March 2006.