I've been on the lookout for that calendar, and finally found it featured on the Golf Digest Japan Web site. (From what I've seen so far, the calendar appears to only be fore sale in Japan, although I've also spotted a couple copies on eBay.) And if I could read Japanese, I might actually be able to tell you something about it - such as how to order it and how much it costs.
Actually, I can tell you that it can be ordered here, but you'll have to be able to read Japanese to know what you're doing. And it appears to cost 3,150 yen (around $25).
The image above appears on the Golf Digest Japan site, along with the rest of the images from the calendar, although all are partially covered by that ugly "SAMPLE" label. I have seen some smaller images without the watermark and will post some of those in the coming days. But if anyone has some scans from the calendar or can point me to better images, drop me a line at golfbabesonline - at - yahoo.
Who is Lisa Ann Horst? She's a teaching pro, an LPGA Class A Professional. She says on her Web site, "My comprehensive approach to elevating performance places equal emphasis on swing training, short-game training, mental training, and fitness training."
Her recently published instructional book is titled "Golf Training: The Secrets to Effective Practice and a Lower Score (Finally!)." And her site also includes some golf tips you can view on Real Player.
She won twice on the Futures Tour this past season, and was a three-time All-American at UCLA.
Charlotte is going to be writing an "LPGA Tour Diary" on About.com this year. One entry is already posted. You can check it out at http://golf.about.com/od/progolftours/a/mayorkas_diary.htm.
Kim Lewellen was one of the contestants on "Big Break V," and it appears that she is also a contestant on the reunion show, "Big Break VII."
It also appears that she enjoys showing off in a bikini or bathing suit. You would to, if you were in your mid-30s, had a couple kids, and still had a body like that. I was flipping around the TV dial a few weeks back and came across "Golf with Style" on The Golf Channel. Stina Sternberg was hosting some sort of competition among "Big Break" alums, and Kim was one of those competing in this episode. Sure enough, five minutes into the show and Lewellen was in a bikini.
See: Kim Lewellen Big Break bio. Also see this gallery of Big Break photos of Kim.
Kim is the coach of the East Carolina University women's golf team.
This is Dana Lacey, who may be the best-known (outside of Australia) golfer featured in the "Top Shots" calendar. That's because she was a cast member on "The Big Break V: Hawaii." You can see her "Big Break" profile here; her ALPG profile here; and her Futures Tour profile here.
And you can also check out Dana's own Web site.
The "Top Shots: Women of Professional Golf 2006 Calendar" can be purchased at http://www.womensgolfcalendar.com/. Some of the proceeds benefit breast cancer support and others benefit a scholarship fund for the ALPG.
New Ways to Buy Calendar
There are a couple new ways to buy the "Top Shots" calendar, both of which make it easier for Americans who would like to purchase. Remember, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this calendar support breast cancer awareness and care, so your purchase will be benefiting a very good and worthy cause.
You can now buy the calendar online at It's Already Signed 4 U or Bunkershot.com.
Congratulations to Erica Blasberg on making it through the final stage of LPGA Q-School last week. Blasberg finished in a tie for 12th (the Top 15 earned fully exempt status on the LPGA Tour).
Blasberg left the University of Arizona early to turn pro, and her rookie year on the LPGA Tour was 2005. She made 11 of 16 cuts that year and finished 109th on the money list. This past year, she also made 16 starts and finished 112th on the money list (although she earned a little more money than in 2005).
Maybe 2007 will be breakout year for Erica. She's drawn many comparison to Natalie Gulbis, but so far those comparisons have more to do with modeling and marketing. Hopefully her golf will start eliciting comparison to Gulbis, too.
Erica Blasberg on LPGA.com
Erica Blasberg official Web site
In an interview with LPGA.com, Blasberg revealed that her nickname is "Skip" because on the first day of workouts in her freshman year the golfers were required to do a skipping drill ... and she couldn't do it. She had forgotten how to skip.
When asked what she absolutely must do each morning to get her day started, Blasberg replied, "Eat a bowl of 'Frosted Flakes' and go on the Internet."
Another week, another sexy golf calendar. Or so it seems.
This time, it's Sophie Sandolo who has her 2007 calendar ready. Sophie's calendars are much more, ahem, revealing that Natalie Gulbis'. In fact, the above photo is one of two from this calendar that I've so far been able to get hold of, but it is the only one of the two I can reprint here. Because the other one includes nudity. Now, as a general rule, I'm strongly in favor of nudity. Some of my best friends are nude. But there's a no-nudity policy at Golf Babes, so you'll have to visit Sophie's Web site to see to see more of her.
Ordering instructions for the Sophie Sandolo 2007 calendar are also available on her Web site.
This is Kristie Newton as she appears in the "Top Shots" calendar - she's Miss June. Kristie also appears on the calendar cover. Newton models when she's not playing golf; on the course, she has played almost exclusively in Australia to this point.
Newton is the daughter of former professional golfer Jack Newton, who played on the Australian, European and American PGA tours back in the 1970s and '80s. Jack Newton was beaten by Tom Watson in a playoff at the 1975 British Open. His career was ended by a horrific accident: he walked into a spinning airplane propellor and lost his right arm, right eye and suffered terrible abdominal injuries. But he still teaches in Australia, where he has the Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation.
The "Top Shots: Women of Professional Golf 2006 Calendar" can be purchased at http://www.womensgolfcalendar.com/. Some of the proceeds benefit breast cancer support and others benefit a scholarship fund for the ALPG.
As this is written, Saturday morning, Ashley Hoagland is tied for third at LPGA Q-School finals. She's at 6-under following rounds of 70, 69 and 71. There are two more rounds to go, and only those women who can hang on to Top 15 positions earn fully exempt status on the 2007 LPGA Tour.
Ashley is a Florida native and a 2005 Wake Forest graduate. She was an All-American in '05, and turned pro in the middle of that year. At last year's Q-School, she finished 47th to earn non-exempt status on the LPGA Tour, and in 2006 she got into six LPGA tournaments. She also played on the Futures Tour this year, winning the Hunters Oak Futures Golf Classic.
You can learn more about Ashley on her Web site, ashleyhoagland.com.
Nikki Garrett looks pretty darn good in her golf attire, and she looks pretty darn good in her calendar "attire." How does she look in her civilian clothes? I'd say pretty darn good.
Notice what it says on her t-shirt? It's the URL of the calendar for which she recently posed: www.womensgolfcalendar.com (see several posts below for pics from the calendar, including Garrett's).
Hat tip to the forum posters at iseekgolf.com for the image above, and to photographer Anthony Powter.
This is Nikki Garrett (a k a Miss November), the 2006 Ladies European Tour Rookie of the Year, as she appears in "Top Shots: Women of Professional Golf 2007 Calendar," the calendar featuring Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour players. Click the image for a larger view.
The calendar can be purchased at www.womensgolfcalendar.com. Some of the proceeds benefit breast cancer support and others benefit a scholarship fund for the ALPG.
The final stage of LPGA Tour Qualifying School gets started next week - Nov. 29-Dec. 3 at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla. - and quite a few of the golfers listed in our sidebar will be there.
Among those attempting to grab that LPGA Tour card will be our lovely friend Tina Miller, pictured above. And these women will also be fighting to get onto the 2007 LPGA Tour:
- Katie Bakken, Erica Blasberg, Minea Blomqvist, Jeanne Cho, Jenna Daniels, Cecilia Ekelundh, Jenny Gleason, Ashley Gomes;
- Ashley Hoagland, Janell Howland, Brandi Jackson, Angela Jerman, Nicole Keller, Paige MacKenzie, Shayna Miyajima;
- Ashley Prange, Anna Rawson, Angie Rizzo, Kristina Tucker, D'Rae Ward, May Wood.
These are all golfers we've featured on Golf Babes or whose Web site appears in the sidebar. I wish they all could make it, but there are 139 golfers in the field and only 15 of them will emerge with fully exempt status on the LPGA Tour for 2007.
Best of luck to Tina, Katie, Brandi and the rest of our friends.
The calendar's official name is "Top Shots: Women of Professional Golf 2007 Calendar," and proceeds benefit the McGrath Foundation, an Australian breast cancer awareness and fund-raising organization. It features golfers from the Australian Ladies Professional Golfers Tour (many of whom play, or have played, on the LET, Futures Tour or LPGA).
The calendar costs $25 AUD and can be ordered through the Web site www.womensgolfcalendar.com. Here's the catch: so far, it appears as though the calendar can only be ordered within Australia. When you proceed to checkout, you'll see a link saying "click here to change country." If you click it, you're taken back to the shopping cart page where a drop-down menu appears for "Shipping and Handling to:". But the only option is "Australia."
So for now, anyway, you'll have to be in Australia, or have a friend who is.
UPDATE: The Web site order form now allows for purchases from outside of Australia.
There's a calendar due out any day now featuring golfers from the ALPG (Australian Ladies Professional Golfers) tour. The calendar was shot to raise money for breast cancer research, with funds pegged to go to Australia's National Breast Cancer Foundation.
We've been getting updates on this calendar from one of the golfers featured in it, who implied that it was pretty hot. Well, it turns out it's too hot for the NBCF. A print run of 20,000 was taking place last week in hopes of getting the calendar out in time for this past weekend's Australian Open.
But midway through the run, the NBCF called a halt to it, saying they didn't want their logo used with the calendar.
The calendar is still going to be printed, but now its release has been delayed a bit. Proceeds will still benefit breast cancer research, but now the McGrath Foundation.
Among the golfers featured in the calendar are Nikki Garrett, Sarah-Jane Kenyon and Kristie Newton.
Say hello to golfer and businesswoman Nisha Sadekar.
Nisha is a native of Toronto who played collegiately at the University of Missouri and professionally on the Futures Tour. These days, she spends much of her time in her role as President and CEO of Play Golf Designs, Inc. (If every CEO was such a hottie, I'd have a subscription to Forbes.)
Play Golf Designs (PGD) is a Las Vegas company that provides golf outings and management services to individuals, companies, corporations and charitable organizations at golf courses around Vegas. It's a player-run organization that selects touring golf professionals to promote themselves and their golf talents through outings and events. Ashley Prange of "Big Break" fame is the director of player development for PGD.
How does it work? Let's say your company is having its annual meeting in Las Vegas, and wants to set up a pro-am for its employees and clients. Nisha and Play Golf Designs will arrange and manage the event, including the participation of professional golfers who have LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour, Futures Tour or other professional golf tour experience.
Aree Song, Anna Rawson, Candy Hanneman, and "Big Break" players Ashley Gomes, Bridget Dwyer, Sarah Lynn Johnston and Jeanne Cho are among those golfers who work with Play Golf Designs. And, of course, there's Nisha herself, and the aforementioned Ashley Prange. Not to mention our pal Tina Miller.
But PGD's services aren't just limited to group outings. Any individual golfer who is headed to Las Vegas can set up a round of golf with a female touring professional at a top Las Vegas course. Want to meet Prange or Song for lunch in the clubhouse, then 18 holes of golf? Check with Play Golf Designs in advance of your Vegas trip and you might be able to arrange it (bookings are subject to a player's availability, of course).
You can learn more about Play Golf Designs on the company's Web site. And I'll be working with Nisha over the coming months as we feature more Play Golf Designs golfers (and hopefully, more of Ms. Sadekar).
Play has wrapped up at the Futures Tour qualifying tournament, and some good names are among those who emerged with exempt or provisional status. Forty to 50 golfers get exempt status through this tournament, although the final reckoning of everyone's status doesn't take place until after the completion of the LPGA's final stage Q-School qualifier later this month.
The winner was Korean In-Kyung Kim, who won the USGA Girls Junior Am last year. Runner-up was Paige Mackenzie (that's her pictured above), a Curtis Cupper and University of Washington product. Auburn's Maru Martinez, runner-up to Morgan Pressel at the '05 U.S. Women's Amateur, came eighth.
Perry Swenson, the University of Texas grad pictured below, was tied for 13th, along with USC's Irene Cho, among others.
Amanda McCurdy tied for 25th. Hawaiian Shayna Miyajima (pictured below) was tied for 30th.
Cactus Tour player Nicole Keller, below, was tied at 34, and "Big Break V" contestant Julie Wells tied at 45.
Futures Tour Q-School final scores
Futures Tour Q-School wrapup
Haven't heard of Kiran Matharu? Don't worry. You'll be hearing plenty about her soon enough.
Kiran is the next great player to emerge from Great Britain. Still just 17, she'll be playing in the Ladies European Tour Q-School coming up. Stupidly, LPGA commissioner Carolyn Bivens rejected Matharu's request to play the LPGA's qualifying tournament.
Matharu, a protege of Nick Faldo, played on the GB&I Curtis Cup team this year, recently won the Ladies English Amateur Championship, and has placed highly in her few appearances at professional events.
Amy Lepard had been a hot subject at Golf Babes since the Ryder Cup, when some of the British tabloids remarked in articles about her, well, babe-ness. What does Amy Lepard have to do with the Ryder Cup? For those of you who don't know, she's married to PGA Tour winner Chad Campbell.
What does Amy do? She's a songstress with a burgeoning career in music. You can visit her Web site, www.amylepard.com, to hear some of her music. Scroll to the bottom of the home page, then click a song title to get a listen.
That Web site is undergoing some renovations right now, but I'm told there will soon be some new pics posted. In the meantime, for updates about Amy, you can also check out her myspace site, www.myspace.com/amylepardmusic. Her album, "On My Own," was released in 2005 and you can find it on Amazon.com.
I asked Amy if she plays golf herself. "Yes," she replied, "but only until I find the cold beer."
The beautiful Katie Bakken will be playing in the final stage of LPGA Qualifying Nov. 29-Dec. 3, chasing her LPGA Tour card. We certainly hope to see her on our television screen often next year.
A Minnesota native, Katie B walked on at the University of Minnesota and then played well enough, including winning the Peggy Kirk Bell Classic, to earn her scholarship. After graduation, Bakken won the 2001 Minnesota State Women's Open, and also played her first LPGA Tour events that year.
Katie played in Asia and Australia, then full-time on the Futures Tour in 2002 and 2003. Then she qualified for the Ladies European Tour and played there in 2004, 2005 and this year. She set a course record at the LET Tenerife Ladies Open in 2005.
Her career has certainly been a steady progression upward through the ranks, and last month she played her way in the Finals of LPGA Q-School. If history holds, we'll see Katie B on the LPGA Tour soon.
Did I mention she's beautiful?
Katie Bakken Web site
Katie Bakken on the Ladies European Tour
This is Anja Monke. Anja, from Herford, Germany, plays on the Ladies European Tour, whe she finished 20th on the money list in 2004 and 2005. This year, Anja has five Top 10 finishes, including two runner-up finishes (KLM Ladies Open and OTP Bank Ladies European Open). Her LET profile page is here.
Here's a first look at the Natalis Gulbis 2007 calendar. (The watermark is the URL of the authorized Gulbis memorabilia merchandiser.) It will ship near the first of November. You can order it here. We'll post updates in the coming weeks and also let you know when it's available at Amazon and retail.
Now, I would love to see Cristie Kerr do a photo spread for one of the laddie magazines, following in her good friend Natalie Gulbis' footsteps. But she hasn't done one to this point, and to my knowledge she has no plans to do one.
But perhaps my knowledge is limited (it is in every other area, after all). There must be rumors floating around about a Kerr pictorial to generate these searches. Either that, or a bunch of guys are sitting around randomly searching for combinations of hot golf babes and laddie magazine titles.
So: Has anyone heard rumors about a Cristie Kerr pictorial in one of these magazines?
You probably know Ashley Prange as the winner of "Big Break V" on The Golf Channel.
But you'll very likely soon know her as an LPGA Tour member, too. Ashley had a great year on The Futures Tour this year, winning twice and finishing sixth on the money list. Had she finished in the Top 5 in money, Ashley would have automatically gotten her '07 LPGA Tour card. Now, though, she has to make it through Q-School. Our money's on Ashley.
This beautiful young woman and accomplished golf professional is Tina Miller.
Tina won seven collegiate tournaments while at the University of Miami, where 2005 was a big year for her: she was in Sports Illustrated, won a Golf World Player of the Week citation, and was the school's Female Athlete of the Year. She also made the All-ACC team.
She's played in seven USGA Championships, including the 2004 and '05 U.S. Women's Open, and counts Christie Kerr as a practice partner and friend.
Miller turned pro in August of last year and spent this year on the Futures Tour, where she finished as the top American rookie.
Tina is spending her time these days working hard on her game in preparation for the final stage of LPGA Q-School. She says her goals are "to get my LPGA card and never go back to Q-School ... (and) to one day be a top-ten girl out on the LPGA Tour."
Tina, we'll be cheering for you at Q-School - can't wait to see you on the big stage!
These are the two founders of a company called Myrtle Beach Caddy Girls. There seem to be a lot of these companies cropping up lately - allowing golfers (presumably male) to hire attractive young women as "caddies" - so they must be successful.
However, unlike many such companies where the "caddies" are really just eye candy, Myrtle Beach Caddy Girls makes sure its employees really know their stuff. It's true that their caddies don't carry bags - perhaps they can be thought of as forecaddies - but this is due mostly to the fact that many Myrtle Beach-area courses do not allow walking.
The women who work for Myrtle Beach Caddy Girls learn the courses they'll be working, employ rangefinders, assist with club selection, repair divots and ballmarks, rake sand traps, and all the other usual duties associating with caddying.
The company has even joined the local business community at the Chamber of Commerce.
Anyway, the two founders are Meghan Tarmey (left) and Carrin Folger. The uniform for Myrtle Beach Caddy Girls consists of a colorful polo, white skirts, and knee socks with white shoes. Personally, I like those short shorts the ladies are wearing in the photo above, which will surprise no one who's read my posts about Shi Hyun Ahn.
Click the Web site link above to learn more about the company, its caddies and how to book a "caddy girl" next time you're in Myrtle Beach.
Does anyone else remember when Kelli and Tiger Woods, still amateurs, were rumored to be romantic with one another? I'm pretty sure there was nothing to those rumors (both denied it at the time).
But a lot of people have forgotten that Kelli was the distaff Tiger in her amateur days. She won back-to-back U.S. Women's Amateurs, plus a British Women's Amateur. She signed a big contract with Nike at the same time Tiger did (both before they'd accomplished anything as pros) and turned pro late in the year, trying to win enough money to qualify.
Tiger did, Kelli didn't. But she did make it through Q-School successfully. And she's had a solid career. She hasn't done much winning, but she's made a couple Solheim Cup teams.
And then she fell on hard times. In 2003 she was No. 51 on the money list. In 2004, she was No. 60. In 2005, she fell to all the way to No. 135 and lost her exempt status.
During that time period, she struggled with diabetes and went through a divorce. And she hadn't done much in 2006 until this week's Corona Morelia Championship, where she tied for fifth.
With that $35,000 paycheck, Kelli moved all way up to No. 95 on the money list. Five more spots and she gets back her exempt status for 2007.
I'm cheering for Kelli Cutie.
This is Anna Awesome ... um, I mean, Anna Rawson.
Anna is an Australian who played collegiately at USC and currently plays professionally on the Ladies European Tour. You can see her Web site linked in the sidebar. She also models and has even walked down a few catwalks in fashion shows. She's won once on the Ladies European Tour, but has had an up-and-down 2006.
Here's a previous pic we posted of Anna.
Golf Babes has been getting thousands of extra visits over the past couple days from people searching for pics of Amy Lepard, wife of U.S. Ryder Cupper Chad Campbell. So I've tracked down a couple more photos of Amy.
Lepard is a singer who has recorded at least one album available on Amazon. Check out her Web site, www.amylepard.com, or her myspace site - http://www.myspace.com/amylepardmusic - to learn more about her or to sample her music.
What strikes me about this photo is that it is the one used on Perrot's profile page at LPGA.com. If this is a sign of things to come on LPGA.com, then I'm all in favor of the recent re-design over there.
This Amy Lepard, wife of U.S. Ryder Cupper Chad Campbell. Amy is a singer. Her Web site includes, in addition to more photos, information about performance dates and recordings.
Update: We've posted several more photos of Amy. See here, here and here.
Brandi Jackson's Futures Tour profile
Brandi Jackson Web site
Congratulations to the beautiful and talented Brittany Lincicome for her first career victory on the LPGA Tour. Brittany defeated Juli Inkster in the championship match to win the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship.
Here's another photo of Kristina Tucker from "Big Break V." Tucker showed up on the leaderboard at the U.S. Women's Open the first day, and played well all four rounds. I think she finished in the Top 25. But my stats report tells me that during the Open, all anyone was searching this site for was pictures of Kristina Tucker. So here you go.
Karyn Stordahl-Utecht was Miss Minnesota in 2005. In 2006, she's a contestant on the next edition of "The Big Break." She certainly has the beauty pageant hair and beauty pageant teeth.
More photos of Dana here.
Christie Kerr certainly looks great in glamour shots. But I think she looks even better in her "golf clothes." She has a very classy, sophisticated style on the golf course that I find very sexy. To paraphrase Melanie Griffith in "Working Girl," Kerr wears apparel made for golf on a body made for sin.