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Inbee Park

Congratulations to Inbee Park, your 2008 U.S. Women's Open champion. Two weeks shy of her 20th birthday, Inbee is the youngest winner in the history of the tournament.

Fashionable Paula Creamer

Golf for Women magazine this month has an article about Paula Creamer's love of fashion. The photo above is from the article. Check out the shoes. They add about 8 inches to Paula's height. They look like the spaceboots worn by members of Kiss. Read the article.

Se Ri Pak

Perhaps the most surprising thing I've seen in the lead-up to the 2008 U.S. Women's Open is that Se Ri Pak is in the second group off on Thursday morning, playing with Jill McGill and Kelli Kuehne. Way to disrespect one of the greats of the game, USGA!

The lovely and talented Se Ri deserves better. And "talented" is a bit of an understatement, isn't it? She's a U.S. Open champion, a five-time major winner, a Hall of Famer, one of the all-time greats. And the fact that Se Ri is one of the nicest people out there, well, that shouldn't be overlooked, either.

And I mean no disrespect to McGill or Kuehne, whom I admire as fine players, fine professionals and fine people. But between them they have only a handful of wins, no majors. Se Ri has been struggling this year, and it's as if, with this grouping, the USGA is saying, "here, let's put her with two other players who have no chance of winning."

Shame on you, USGA. Se Ri Pak deserves better.

/c…

Christina Lecuyer

Christina Lecuyer is one of the "final four" on "Big Break: Kaanapali," airing on the Golf Channel. The Edmonton, Ontario, native played collegiately at the University of Central Arkansas. She had some good showings on The Cactus Tour (a Phoenix/Scottsdale-based tour) earlier in the year, including fourth- and sixth-place finishes. She's also played a few Futures Tour events in 2008, with non-exempt status on that tour.

Tina Miller

Tina Miller's focus is on golf. She's looking forward to LPGA Q-School at the end of the year. And this week she is taking part in the CVS Charity Classic in Rhode Island.

But out of the corner of her eye, Tina is also looking at modeling. And why not? The Golf Channel chose to end its "Big Break: Kaanapali" intro with a shot of bikini-clad Tina emerging from a swimming pool. Tina has the "it" factor.

The photo above is from one of Tina's first photo sessions unrelated to golf, as she continues building her portfolio.

In the meantime, Tina and husband-to-be Rhys Lloyd (NFL placekicker with the Carolina Panthers) continue planning their wedding. The location has been chosen and a date in February 2009 selected.

The Women of "Highway 18"

(Photo by Mark Ashman/Golf Channel)

Say hello to the women of Highway 18 (from left to right): Ashleigh Korzack, Ashley Davis, Keri Murphy, Jameica Duncombe and Charlotte Campbell.

What is Highway 18? It's the newest "reality golf" series from the Golf Channel, and it premieres on July 22. It will air for 10 episodes in the 10 p.m. (ET) time slot on Tuesday nights.

Think of it as "The Amazing Race" for golfers. The Golf Channel explains "the contending teams ... will race down Florida's highways, fairways and byways spanning more than 1,000 miles over 10 weekly episodes. The contestants will compete in challenges both on and off the course that will demand cooperation and ingenuity in order to survive elimination."

As for each episode's format:

Each episode of Highway 18 will feature three sets of golf challenges: a Start Challenge, a Road Challenge and a Clubhouse Challenge. Murphy will kickoff each episode by revealing the Start Challenges to the…

Taylor Leon

The image above is from the Brooks Brothers Country Club Collection catalog. Taylor Leon recently signed with Brooks Brothers, becoming the first LPGA golfer to have an endorsement deal with the clothier.

Ms. Leon will not only represent the brand on the course but also will make her debut in the Brooks Brothers Country Club Spring 2008 catalog, which features her in a variety of active looks, notably from the recently launched ProSport range within the Brooks Brothers Country Club collection.

"Taylor is a natural fit for Brooks Brothers," said Claudio Del Vecchio, Chairman and CEO. "She demonstrates great passion and ability. We are thrilled to have her join our winning team as she embarks on her professional career."

Taylor has non-exempt status this year, her rookie season on the LPGA Tour. Thus far she has gotten into eight tournaments, with a best finish to date of 14th.

Leon was a member of the 2003 U.S. Junior Solheim Cup team and the 2006 U.S. Curtis Cup team. …

5 Questions With ... Moo Sattayabanphot

Onnarin "Moo" Sattayabanphot is an LPGA rookie in 2008. With non-exempt status, she splits her time between the LPGA and the Futures Tour, where she was a rookie in 2007. She won one tournament in her rookie Futures Tour season and ranked 11th on the money list despite missing some of the early season tournaments while completing her education at Purdue University. A native of Bangkok, Thailand, Moo was the 2006 Big Ten Player of the Year, and a three-time All-Big Ten selection while at Purdue.

Your name is Onnarin, but everyone calls you "Moo." Where does Moo come from?
"Moo" is my nickname in Thai. Here is the thing: For Thai people, we get our nickname when we are born and you go by it on regular basis (unless we have to use our given name formally on a government document). When I was born, my cheek was chubby and pink, so my mom called me "Moo," which means "little pig" in Thai. How awesome is that? Well, my chubby cheek hasn’t gone…

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Amber Prange

Amber Prange is one of the newest golfers in the stable of Play Golf Designs, the Las Vegas-based company that does event management and pairs up professional golfers with corporate clients, company outings and the like.

Amber is in her rookie season as a tour professional. She's playing on the Futures Tour after completing her collegiate career at the University of Washington. She had seven Top 10 finishes with the Huskies, and was a two-time All-Pac 10 honorable mention selection.

(And yes, Amber is the sister of Ashley Prange.)

W7: Anna Grzebien

Continuing our series on the "Wilhelmina 7," this is Anna Grzebien. A 2007 graduate of the powerful Duke University women's golf team, Anna has non-exempt status on the LPGA Tour in 2008, her rookie year.

Anna won three team championship in college with Duke (2005-07). In 2005, she was the individual NCAA champion, and was named National Player of the Year for that season. She also won the Massachussetts Women's Open and the New England Women's Open in both 2006 and 2007.

And she'll be playing in the U.S. Women's Open this year after earning a berth in sectional qualifying earlier this week.

W7: Stacy Prammanasudh

The biggest name among the "Wilhelmina 7" is Stacy Prammanasudh. Stacy P has two wins on the LPGA since joining the Tour in 2004, and has moved up the money list each year. Last year, she finished 14th. And at one point in the early part of 2007, one could make an argument that she was the best American female golfer. She was a member of the U.S. Solheim Cup team last year, too.

So far in 2008, Stacy has three Top 10 finishes in 12 starts.

W7: Minea Blomqvist

Continuing our series on the Wilhelmina 7: Minea Blomqvist. Did you know that Minni shares the record for lowest round ever posted in a major championship (men's or women's)? And that she posted that score first? Yep, Blomqvist shot a 62 in the 2004 Women's British Open, a record later tied by Lorena Ochoa, and a score not yet posted by anyone in any of the men's majors.

Blomqvist, who is Finnish, was once asked in a "Quick 18" interview on LPGA.com:

3. Is there anything you won't eat?
Oh, I eat everything, but there is one food that doesn't go down "makasalaatikko". I don't know what that is in English.
We don't know what that is in English either. And from the sound of things, we don't want to know.

Minni turned pro in 2003 and had two strong seasons on the Ladies European Tour (rookie of the year, 2004; second on money list, 2005) before earning LPGA status in 2006. She has five international victories, but hasn't won yet in th…

W7: Mikaela Parmlid

Our Wilhelmina 7 post of the day is Mikaela Parmlid. It makes sense that Wilhelmina would want to sign Mikaela - she's a player who always makes interesting (and sometimes unusual) fashion choices).

Mikaela is a Swede who played collegiate golf at the University of Southern California. She studied economics and graduated in 2003 - the same year she won the NCAA individual championship and USC won the team championship.

Mikaela's rookie season on the LPGA Tour was 2004, when she had non-exempt status. She has maintained membership since then, finishing 86th and 84th on the money in 2006 and 2007, respectively. She is 95th so far on the 2008 money list, through 11 events.

Check out her Web site.

W7: Kim Hall

Kim Hall is one of the "Wilhelmina 7," or W7, the group of seven LPGA Tour golfers who've signed with Wilhelmina Artist Management, a division of the famed Wilhelmina Models agency.

Kim is a graduate of Stanford, where she majored in American Studies, and where she was a three-time all-conference selection. She first earned non-exempt LPGA status in 2006. Last year, 2007, was her first year as a fully exempt member of the tour, a designation she maintains in 2008.

Last year Kim finished 76th on the money list, and had one Top 10 finish. Her second career Top 10 came earlier this year at the MasterCard Classic in Mexico. Kim's scoring average is down more than half a stroke so far in 2008 compared to 2007, and she ranks in the Top 20 in fairways through this point in the season.

The Wilhelmina 7

(Note: To view the full series, including pics, click here; click the names of the golfers in the labels section at the bottom of the post for more pics.)

What is - or are - the "Wilhelmina 7"? The W7 is a group of seven LPGA Tour golfers who have signed with Wilhelmina Artist Management, a division of Wilhelmina Models. And Wilhelmina Models, of course, is one of the most-famous modeling agencies in the world.

Wilhelmina Artist Management will "seek out sponsorship and endorsement opportunities for the women as a whole package and individually." The "Wilhelmina 7" are Minea Blomqvist, Sandra Gal, Anna Grzebien, Kim Hall, Johanna Head, Mikaela Parmlid and Stacy Prammanasudh.

WAM states that the "W7 includes only those women with the game, the beauty and the personality to create a major presence in women’s sports, both on and off the course."

Said Wilhelmina chairman Dieter Esch: “We created this initiative to complete a void in the marketplace for …

Natalie Gulbis

The Natalie pic above is one featured on the Natalie Gulbis profile page over at AskMen.com. And kudos to our friends at AskMen.com (who once featured Golf Babes as their "Site of the Day") for including more golfers. They have pages now for Paula Creamer, Annika Sorenstam, Anna Rawson and Michelle Wie. And some guy named Tiger Woods. Although personally, I've never considered him very attractive.

Click on the labels below to view more of these golfers on Golf Babes.

Lesslye Perry

Kenny Perry won The Memorial on Sunday. His daughter, Lesslye Perry, won a spot on the Tennessee Titans cheerleading squad prior to the 2007 season. Go team!

Seon Hwa Lee

When the final round of the Ginn Tribute began, Seon Hwa Lee was nine shots off the lead. When it ended, she was the champion.

Here's something I wouldn't have guessed: Before Seon Hwa's win on Sunday, it had been 26 tournaments since a Korean golfer won on the LPGA Tour. That golfer was ... Seon Hwa Lee. She won last year's match play tournament.