We noted a couple weeks ago that Spanish golfer Beatriz Recari, after a couple years on the LET, will be entering the LPGA Q-School at the end of this year.
But first things first: On Sunday, Recari earned her first win on the Ladies European Tour at the Finnair Masters. Recari opened with a 65, then carded a course-record 64 in the second round.
She struggled a bit in the final round, shooting 73 and giving up a 5-stroke lead. But then Bea held strong in a playoff, defeating veteran Iben Tinning. And what a way to do it: Bea holed-out a 176-yard 4-iron to win the playoff.
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Congratulations to Team USA on winning the 2009 Solheim Cup, and to Team Europe for playing so well and with such class, and to both teams for making it a memorable Solheim.
After their victory, the American team members took turns posing with the Cup. Brittany Lincicome knows how to pose.
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The Rolex World Rankings are the official rankings for women's golf. Not as well know - but perhaps a better reflection of how golfers are playing now - are the Sagarin rankings developed by computer whiz Jeff Sagarin and running in Golfweek.
And in the most recent Sagarin rankings, Cristie Kerr is the new No. 1, knocking Lorena Ochoa out of the top spot.
Kerr is the first American to gain the top ranking in the history of the Sagarin rankings, and just the fourth golfers to hold the No. 1 spot. Only Annika Sorenstam, Karrie Webb and Ochoa had previously achieved the top ranking.
More Cristie Kerr pics
We're into the second half of 2009 now, and that means there are quite a few golfers out there looking toward LPGA Q-School. One such golfer is Beatriz Recari.
"Going to the U.S. is an exciting challenge, one more step toward my goal to play against some of the best players in the world," Beatriz said.
Bea is entered in the first-stage LPGA qualifier in California for late September. A native of Spain, she's been a member of the Ladies European Tour for three years, but is still just 22 years old.
Bea's amateur career included wins in the Spanish and French amateur championships, plus a spot on the European Junior Solheim Cup team.
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That's one piece of advice that Paige Mackenzie says she was given as a rookie by a veteran LPGA Tour player upon Paige's arrival on the LPGA. Frankly, I think that's very sound advice for everyone, not just LPGA Tour rookies.
Paige tells the tale in a guest post she wrote for the blog Wei Under Par. Do LPGA Tour players have time to date? Read Paige's post.
Congratulations to Jenny Suh, who won the Duramed Futures Tour Alliance Bank Golf Classic in a playoff last week. It's the first Futures Tour win for Jenny, and moved her from 56th all the way to 15th on the tour's money list. The Top 10 at the end of the year earn status on the LPGA for 2010, and there are four tournaments left in the Futures season.
Jenny is in her second season on the Futures Tour. In her rookie year of 2008, she finished 20th on the money list, and was also in the Top 20 in scoring average. Her best finish in '08 was fourth.
Suh, a Virginia native, turned pro in 2007 following a stellar amateur career. She split her college career between Furman University and the University of Alabama, posting a combined 26 Top 10 finishes and five victories.
The year 2006 was a particularly good one for Jenny. She earned first-team All-America honors for Alabama ("A big 'Roll Tide Roll!'," she replied when I asked if there was anything she wanted me to be sure to include in this post*), won the prestigious North and South Amateur Championship, and played for Team USA in the Curtis Cup.
Jenny's coach is Kirk Lucas, who teaches out of Warrenton, Va. Do a YouTube search for "Jenny Suh" and you'll find several videos of Jenny and Kirk demonstrating different aspects of the golf swing.
(*True story: Although I've never set foot in Alabama, I portrayed Bear Bryant in a one-man show in the sixth grade. Usually, I just say the show was "off-Broadway" and leave it at that.)