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Blair, Sara and Mardi Gras

The LPGA is in Alabama for the Avnet LPGA Classic, and Blair O'Neal and Sara Brown took the opportunity to tour the Mardi Gras Museum in Mobile. Why is there a Mardi Gras museum in Mobile? Because Mobile is where Mardi Gras started. More from the LPGA

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Madison Pressel Wins Big 12 Championship

Last week, the niece of Tiger Woods won an NCAA conference championship. This week, the sister of Morgan Pressel did the same.

Madison Pressel won the Big 12 women's championship tournament on Sunday, shooting 71-66-71 for a five-stroke victory.

Pressel is a sophomore at the University of Texas. It's the first collegiate victory for "Maddy." Her biggest win previously was the Florida Class 2A state girls high school championship in 2008.

Cheyenne Woods is the ACC Champ

A big congratulations to Cheyenne Woods for winning the Atlantic Coast Conference championship. It's the biggest feather in her cap to date.

I must admit, I used to doubt that this Woods had a bright future as a professional golfer. No more. It will be a tough road, for sure - it is always is - and success at the next level is certainly not guaranteed. But one thing Cheyenne has proved is that she is always working hard to improve, and in fact she has improved at each level of play. She's a very talented golfer, smart and a hard worker. That's a good combination.

Woods won the ACC championship by seven strokes, her biggest win to date. Next up at the NCAA level are regionals, and Woods' Wake Forest team will be among the favorites to advance to the national championship tournament.

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5 Questions with ... Holly Sonders

Broadcaster Holly Sonders joined the Golf Channel early in 2011 as part of the network's new morning show, Morning Drive. Based on this blog's search log, I can say with confidence that Holly has been a hit with Golf Channel viewers. We spoke to her recently (via email) and asked her five questions. Those questions, and Holly's answers, are below. For more Holly, watch her weekday mornings on Golf Channel, or follow her on Twitter.

For the sake of those who haven't yet had a chance to tune in, describe Morning Drive and your role on it. What differentiates this studio show from the afternoon and evening studio shows on Golf Channel?
HS: I am one of three co-hosts on Morning Drive. Erik Kuselias (from ESPN) and Gary Williams (from Sirius Satellite Radio) are the main hosts, I provide news updates as well as other segments. It is the first morning show ever on Golf Channel and runs from 7-9 a.m. (ET) Monday-Friday. We talk mostly golf but also incorporate other sports as w…

Charlotte Jackson

Noticed on Twitter that someone with the handle "@CharLouJackson" tweeted this: "Interviewing @Graeme_McDowell - looking good with his tan!" To which McDowell replied, "Charlotte always looking good."

"CharLouJackson" is Charlotte Jackson, a television host (or "presenter" as they say in the UK) on Sky Sports and Al Jazeera. She includes "amateur golfer" in her Twitter self-description, so presumably she plays (and covers) a lot of golf.

Amanda Moltke-Leth Turns to Life of Stopping Crime

(Photo by Frank Undall via LET)

Amanda Moltke-Leth - a k a the "Mad Dane" - has been a member of the Ladies European Tour for years. She turned pro in 2001. But in 2011, the 34-year-old Denmark golfer is traveling a different fairway. She's retiring from golf and focusing on become a police officer in Copenhagen. An article on the LET website begins:

"Since the Open de Espana Femenino in September last year Amanda Moltke-Leth has not touched a golf club. The desire was gone; it was no longer fun. All of her focus has, however, been directed towards the future and Amanda Moltke-Leth is now training to become a policewoman."

Moltke-Leth never won on the LET, but she was a regular presence and had some strong finishes. Her career-best finish was third, which she most recently accomplished at the 2008 Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open. Her best season was 2006, when she finished 25th on the LET money list.

Why was she called the "Mad Dane" in golf circles? An article

Paula Creamer

(Photo: twitter.com/@ThePCreamer)

We're in the midst of a 3-week lull in the LPGA schedule (one of many lulls in the 2011 LPGA schedule). So let's post a pic of Paula Creamer. Because you can never have too much Paula, right?

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