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Morgan and Molly

(Photo by Albert Michael / startraksphoto.com)

Hey, it's model/actress Molly Sims, with a deer-in-the-headlights look as she tries out a club at a recent Callaway event. About the only thing that can distract from Molly is Morgan Pressel's fashion choice - those bright-orange, sharp-toed pumps. Those are some mean lookin' pumps. Molly's brother Todd is a touring pro.

Bridget Dwyer

Nikki DiSanto

A very different (and very effective) look for the two-time "Big Break" contestant. From one of Nikki's modeling shoots.

Nicole Sikora

A couple weeks ago, we revealed the identities of the women of "Big Break XI." Of the six female contestants for the coming Golf Channel series, Nicole Sikora is the least experienced and perhaps the least known.

So who is Nicole? Glad you asked.

While Nicole has golfed professionally and modelled professionally, her actual profession at this time is a Wall Street job. She is a first-generation Ukrainian-America, her parents having immigrated from the Ukraine. She's very proud of that heritage and speaks the language.

On the modeling front, Nicole has done print work and was featured in the Golf Digest Japan World Ladies of Golf Calendar in 2006 and 2007.

But what about golf? Nicole started playing only in high school. Although she told me she "was not very good," she earned a spot on the boys golf team. In college at Division II St. Thomas Aquinas, she again earned a spot on the men's team. While the men played Division II tournaments, Nicole played in Divisio…

2009 LPGA Rookie Orientation

All the 2009 rookies on the LPGA Tour - from the Futures Tour grads to those whose priority status will only get them into one or two events - gathered at LPGA headquarters for the annual rookie orientation process recently.

You surely recognize Michelle Wie on the right. That's Jeehae Lee on the left. More photos from the day can be viewed on the LPGA Web site.

Frances Bondad

Frances Bondad will be playing full-time on the Ladies European Tour in 2009 after finishing second in the LET's Final Qualifying Stage tournament. Bondad posted rounds of 75, 69, 71 and 67 to finish at 10-under 282.

Frances spent time as the No. 1-ranked amateur golfer in Australia in 2006 and early 2007, before turning pro in mid-2007, and won the 2007 Australian Strokeplay Championship.

She played 11 times on the Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG) Tour in the 2007/2008 season, finishing seventh on the money list with multiple runner-up finishes. Her best showing to date outside of Australian is a second at the Ladies Asian Golf Tour's Thailand Ladies Open in 2008.

Last year was her rookie season on the LET, and she recorded two Top 20 finishes with a high of 17th at the Goteborg Masters. And while Frances had to go back to Q-School for 2009, she took care of that little issue her great play last week in Spain.

Annika Gets Hitched

Congratulations to beautiful bride Annika Sorenstam and her new husband Mike McGee on their wedding. The nuptials took place Jan. 10 at Lake Nona in Orlando. The photo is by Lena Hyde Photography. More photos can be viewed on Annika's blog here.

Christel Boeljon

Christel Boeljon, who recently turned pro after a collegiate career at Purdue, is looking forward to that professional career by taking part in the Ladies European Tour qualifying tournament. In fact, Christel won the First Stage qualifier that finished on Sunday in Spain. Christel posted rounds of 69-74-65-68, a total of 12-under 276, to finish two strokes clear of Anna Nordqvist and Julieta Granada.

Now it's on to the Final Stage, which begins Monday (Jan. 11) and concludes Thursday. The Top 30 finishers there earn the equivalent of full playing privileges, and the next 20 get conditional status.

Christel is a Dutch girl from the city of Beverwijk in The Netherlands. Before leaving home for the American college life, she won the 21-and-under matchplay national championship in 2003 and the 21-and-under strokeplay national championship in 2005.

She was Big Ten Freshman of the Year in her first season at Purdue, and was a consistent high performer in the following seasons - including …

Natalie on "Celebrity Apprentice"

The good news: Natalie Gulbis is going to be in a network TV series. The bad news: If you want to watch her, you'll also have to watch Melissa Rivers and Joan Rivers, Dennis Rodman and one of the Kardashians (does it matter which?).

Natalie is one of the 16 contestants on the 2009 season of "Celebrity Apprentice," hosted by Donald Trump. Will The Donald tell Natalie, "You're fired"? He wouldn't dare, would he?

Question: In a fight to the death between Natalie's hair and The Donald's hair, whose hair would win? Answer: Natalie's, of course. Because everyone knows The Donald's hair is a rug. (Just kidding Mr. Trump! Please don't sue me!)

The premiere of "Celebrity Apprentice" is scheduled for March 1.

Stacy Prammanasudh

Not much going on in the world of women's golf this time of year. The Ladies European Tour first-stage qualifying tournament is under way. That's about it. So while we wait for the LET Q-School results, we'll take this moment to pay homage to Stacy P.