Sharmila Nicollet

Sharmila Nicollet pictures

Sharmila Nicollet is a 19-year-old from Bangalore, India, currently playing on the Ladies Asian Golf Tour. She is in the field at the Taihu Ladies Open in China this week, an even cosponsored by the LET, Ladies Asian Golf Tour and China Golf Association.

An article about her written by the LAGT and appearing on the LET Web site notes that Nicollet "could easily pass off as an actress in the Bollywood industry because of her height and good looks."

Right now, Sharmila wants to build up a stranglehold in India and then Asia. "Later on, I'll try and conquer Europe and America to establish my status as among the best professionals in the world. I have time on my side and once this is achieved it's a dream come true," she said.


Nicollet has three wins in India in 2010, and has made the cut in three of five LAGT starts so far in 2010.

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Hana Bank Formals

A few images posted by the folks hosting the LPGA Hana Bank Championship in Korea this week:







From top to bottom, that's Vicky Hurst and Hee Young Park, Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie. The images were posted on the LPGA Hana Bank TwitPic page. There are some other photos there of the players dealing with the cold and wind of Korea this week. Paula Creamer tweeted upon her arrival in Korea that it was 40F and very windy. That will be quite a shock to the system after last week's 110-degree-plus heat indexes in Malaysia.

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Jimin Kang

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Jimin Kang, the golfer with the perpetual smile, really has something to smile about now: She won the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia tournament. Kang closed with a round of 65 to edge Juli Inkster by a stroke.

It's Kang's second career win on the LPGA, but her first since 2005. And 2005 was her first full season on tour, so Win No. 2 was due. Kang played consistently in the intervening years, just consistently in the middle of the pack.

Entering the Sime Darby, Kang had one Top 10 finish in 17 starts in 2010. Now she was one win in 18 starts. Big improvement.

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Japan 2011 World Ladies Golf Calendar

A couple days ago we told you that the 2011 Paula Creamer calendar, available only in Japan, is ready. And so is the other annual calendar published by Golf Digest Japan, the 2011 World Ladies Golf Calendar.

Every year going back at least several decades, GDJ has published a wall calendar that features female golfer from outside Japan (the "world ladies"). For the 2011 edition, the calendar revisits some of the popular golfers from its past.

Unfortunately, I can only ID the top photo: That's Laura Baugh. The other two, I'm not sure which golfers are pictured.

2011 world ladies golf calendar

2011 world ladies golf calendar

2011 world ladies golf calendar

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Paula Creamer 2011 Calendar

The Golf Channel's Randall Mell had a blog post today about Paula Creamer skipping the LPGA's Malaysia tournament to play in Japan. Paula loves Japan. And that reminded me: It's about time for the Paula Creamer 2011 calendar. Paula does a calendar shoot every year for Golf Digest Japan. And sure enough, the Paula Creamer 2011 calendar is ready:

paula creamer 2011 calendar may

paula creamer 2011 calendar november

paula creamer 2011 calendar december

Those are the (from top) May, November and December pages from the calendar. Alas, as always, the calendar is available only in Japan. But if you really want a copy, check eBay from time to time. I've seen editions from previous years show up there, although they are rare.

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Beatriz Recari - LPGA Win No. 1

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Congratulations to Beatriz Recari. The young Spaniard just earned her first win on the LPGA Tour, shooting 70 in the final round to win the CVS Pharmacy LPGA Challenge by one stroke.

The glamorous rookie was approached by Sports Illustrated about appearing in that magazine's 2010 swimsuit issue. Scheduling conflicts prevented it from happening - but I bet there are many people with the LPGA who are hoping it happens in 2011.

Recari had two Top 10 finishes in 14 starts on the LPGA in 2010 prior to the CVS victory. Before arriving on the LPGA, Recari was a success on the Ladies European Tour - she won the 2009 Finnair Masters and finished in the Top 25 on the money list.

She gained a little notice earlier in 2010 after a social media campaign to win the Mojo 6 vote succeeded.

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Jade Schaeffer

Jade Schaeffer

Jade Schaeffer is your winner of the 2010 Trophee Preven's on the LET Access Series (think of it as the Futures Tour of Europe). Jade won in Paris, before the home-country fans. It was her second victory of the year on the LETAS. She was getting in some playing time during an off period in the Ladies European Tour schedule. On the LET in 2010, Jade - who finished 10th on the LET money list in 2009 - has three Top 10s.

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Carling Coffing Makes the Cut

carling coffing makes the cut

Congratulations to Carling Coffing for making the cut in her first-ever LPGA Tour appearance. For winning Big Break Sandals Resorts, Carling received an exemption into the 2010 Lorena Ochoa Invitational. But that's still to come. This week, Carling is playing in the CVS Pharmacy LPGA Challenge. And after rounds of 70 and 73, she's at 1-under and playing on the weekend. Well done!

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Brittany Lincicome

brittany lincicome

Brittany Lincicome opened the 2010 CVS Pharmacy/LPGA Challenge with a sweet little round of 61. How good is that? There have been only five rounds better than it in LPGA history - Annika's 59 plus four rounds of 60.

Brittany also tied the second-best mark in tour history by making 11 birdies in a single round. She tied the second-best mark in tour history in shooting 11-under par in one round. And she tied the second-best mark in tour history for first-round score.

Nice day's work!

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Katherine Hull

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Katherine Hull closed the Navistar LPGA Classic with a round of 67 on Sunday, and that was good enough for a 1-stroke victory over Brittany Lincicome.

For Hull it was her second career win on the LPGA, her first coming in 2008. Just a couple months ago she nearly overtook Yani Tseng at the 2010 Women's British Open, eventually finishing second.

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