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Halle Berry New Spokesperson for Ovarian Cancer Battle

(Halle Berry, riding in a golf cart and wearing Dolce & Gabbana on the course, via Us Magazine)

Halle Berry, who took up the game of golf not too long ago herself, has teamed up with the Callaway Golf Foundation to serve as "ambassador" in the fight against ovarian cancer. The news release states:

Academy Award-winning actress Halle Berry has joined forces with the Callaway Golf Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation as the 2008 ambassador for the Callaway Golf Foundation Women’s Cancer Initiative. Berry will be featured in an extensive print public service announcement campaign this summer aimed at raising awareness and funds to help find a cure for ovarian cancer.

Ovarian cancer afflicts more than 22,000 women in the United States each year and claims the lives of more than 15,000. "As a daughter and a new mother, I was shocked to learn the facts about ovarian cancer," said Berry. "That’s why I’ve teamed with the Callaway Golf Foundation and t…

Seema Sadekar

This is one of the photos resulting from Seema Sadekar's shoot for her new sponsor VTech Communications. VTech sponsors several other women golfers, too, including Christina Kim, Becky Morgan, Amy Hung and Alena Sharp. We'll share some more photos of Seema from this shoot in the future.

So, what has Seema, a Toronto native now living in Las Vegas, been up to since last we checked in with her? She's been having a great season on the 2008 Canadian Women's Tour, that's what. Seema finished fourth on the tour's points-based Order of Merit, while leading the tour in earnings. And the most amazing thing is, she did it all while playing in those high heels she's wearing in the photo above. (OK, I made up that part ... imagine the spike marks ...)

As a result of her Order of Merit finish, Seema earned a spot in the field at the 2008 LPGA Canadian Women's Open in August.

Chris Brady

Chris Brady is much smarter than me. She graduated from Vanderbilt in 2007 with degrees in civil engineering AND economics. Meanwhile, I can't even remember to put the seat down for my wife. But I digress ...

Chris has non-exempt status on the LPGA Tour in 2008, her rookie season. That status has gotten her into just four LPGA events thus far, but she's made the cut in two of them.

She took up golf at age 2, and must have started tennis around that time, too, because by age 12 she was a two-time Georgia state tennis champion in her age bracket. In addition to golf and tennis, Chris was recruited to play college basketball, and her LPGA bio says her hobbies include "slalom skiing, tennis, basketball, track, jetskiing, snowboarding and watching baseball." Makes me tired just reading it.

In golf, Chris won the 2000 North Carolina high school championship, the 2002 North Carolina Women's Amateur, was a 5-time winner in college and a 3-time All-SEC selection.

Chris turned…

Highway 18: Charlotte Campbell

(Photo by Mark Ashman / Golf Channel)

We wrap up our series on the women of "Highway 18" with Charlotte Campbell. Don't forget - the series debuts tonight (July 22) at 10 p.m. ET on the Golf Channel, and will air for nine more episodes in the same Tuesday night timeslot.

Charlotte was a dominant player at NCAA Division II Rollins, where she won 10 tournaments during her career, including back-to-back victories at the NCAA Division II National Championship tournament (2003-04). She was the NCAA Division II Player of the Year all four years at Rollins (2003-06), and Rollins won the team title all four of Charlotte's year. Yep, that's dominating.

Charlotte is teamed with her brother, Rob, for "Highway 18." The Campbells are Floridians, with Charlotte currently residing in Heathrow. Charlotte currently competes on the Futures Tour, where her rookie season was 2007.

As with most golfers playing the Futures Tour, expenses require almost as much attention as golf.…

Highway 18: Jameica Duncombe

(Photo by Mark Ashman / Golf Channel)

We continue our series on the women of "Highway 18," the Golf Channel series that debuts at 10 p.m. ET on July 22, with Jameica Duncombe.

Duncombe, age 25, is a native of the Bahamas who currently lives in Coconut Creek, Fla., and plays out of Bonaventure Country Club. A marketing professional and a golf professional, Jameica is the daughter of a teaching professional. Her father, in fact, taught for many years alongside the individual Jameica is paired with in "Highway 18."

The Golf Channel bio of Jameica relates:

She started playing golf at 3, and competed in her first event at 5. By her 10th birthday, she won her first of seven Bahamian Junior Amateur tournaments and first of nine Bahamian Women's Amateur events.

Jameica left the Bahamas at 14 to attend the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy in Tampa, Fla., and became a two-time, All-North Suncoast Player of the Year her junior and senior years of high school. She attended the Univer…

Ji Young Oh

Let's take timeout from our "Highway 18" series to congratulate Ji Young Oh for winning the LPGA State Farm Classic. Oh parred the first playoff hole to get the better of Yani Tseng.

Oh is in her second season on the LPGA Tour, and this is her first win. She won six times as an amateur on the Future Collegians World Tour in 2006, then tied for ninth in the 2006 LPGA Q-School. In her rookie season last year, Oh finished 72nd on the money list. This year, Oh had already bested last year's money total before her State Farm Classic victory.

Highway 18: Ashleigh Korzack

(Photo by Mark Ashman / Golf Channel)

The partner of Ashley Davis (featured in the previous post) on the Golf Channel's "Highway 18," Ashleigh Korzack is also a Toronto native. She currently lives in Starkville, Miss., where she is a grad student at Mississippi State University and plays out of Old Waverly.

Korzack was a competitive volleyball player for several years, in addition to her pursuit of golf. That was a pursuit that began late: Korzack didn't take up golf until her junior year of high school. But she learned so quickly that she wound up earning a golf scholarship to Mississippi State.

Highway 18: Ashley Davis

(Photo by Mark Ashman / Golf Channel)

Ashley Davis is one-half of the "Ash & Ash" team on the Golf Channel's "Highway 18," which debuts on July 22. Ashley Davis, pictured here, and Ashleigh Korzack (still to come in our "Highway 18" series) are longtime friends who grew up together in Toronto, and like to play the "ditsy blonde" part. But they are just playing.

Davis began her collegiate career at Tennessee State before finishing it at Old Dominion. She now works in business development for the United States Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs.

Davis comes from a family of athletes. Her father was a three-time All-America golfer at Ohio State University, and her grandfather, Frank Davis, is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Highway 18: Keri Murphy

(Photo by Matthew Mitchell)

This is the first of a series of posts we'll be doing this week on the women of "Highway 18," the Golf Channel series that debuts on July 22 and will air on Tuesdays for 10 episodes.

Readers of Golf Babes are familiar with Keri Murphy as the very likable, very charming video host for GolfNow.tv. Hmmm, charming and likable ... could those qualities be the reasons the Golf Channel chose Keri to host "Highway 18"?

"It was such an awesome experience," Keri said of her first assignment with the network. "The Golf Channel was looking for a new face for the show and while doing some research found me on the golfnow.tv site."

"Gorgeous" probably didn't hurt Keri's audition, either. Murphy has a long background in modeling. A two-time Miss Oregon contestant, she now runs her own agency, Wilhelmina MTG, in Portland, Oregon.

Keri has also spent quite a bit of time in front of the camera, acting in regional and n…

Paula Creamer Goes Low

Way low. All the way down to 60 low. Paula Creamer's first-round score in the 2008 Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic was 11-under 60, a score reached (or bettered) only four times previously in LPGA Tour history. Here's the list.

Kim Welch

Congratulations to Kim Welch for winning "Big Break: Kaanapali." Kim defeated Sophie Sandolo, 4 and 3, in the championship match that aired this week. Now Kim can finally stop holding it in, and publicly celebrate.

Kim has two Top 10 finishes on the Futures Tour so far in 2008, including a runner-up. At the time of this writing, she ranks 11th on the money list. Her scoring average continues to drop, too. Her scoring average in 2007 was a stroke lower than in her rookie year of 2006; so far this year, it is a stroke lower than it was in 2007.

Watch for Kim in the Navistar LPGA Classic coming up in September.

Jane Park

Jane Park didn't win the P&G Beauty NW Arkansas Championship - but she came this close after starting the final round tied for 32nd, eight strokes off the lead. She wound up tied for second after shooting a 62 that included 10 birdies. That's a new career-low round for Jane, her secoind runner-up finish of 2008 and fourth Top 10 of the year.

Jane also recently announced that she would donate a portion of her winnings from each tournament to the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which helps fund research into Parkinson's disease.

Sandra Gal

(Photo: Wilhelmina Artist Management)

Sandra Gal is another of the "Wilhelmina 7" golfers, the group of LPGA Tour players signed by Wilhelmina Artist Management, a division of Wilhelmina Models.

Gal is in her rookie season on the LPGA Tour in 2008 after qualifying through Q-School. She's had five Top 25 finishes so far in Year 1, and has already earned enough to secure her tour card again for 2009.

More Sandra Gal pics