Golf Digest announced today that Paula Creamer is the magazine's newest "playing editor." That means we'll be seeing Creamer in each issue providing instructional tips. There haven't been too many LPGA players over the years who filled this role for the magazine (although Annika Sorenstam is also currently a "playing editor").
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When you break through for your first professional win, you might as well dominate. That's what Sydnee Michaels did at the LPGA Futures Tour Vidalia Championship, winning by eight strokes.
Michaels entered the week in the Top 10 on the Futures Tour in birdies, scoring average, putting average, and GIR putting.
More importantly, the win moved her from 13th to fifth on the money list. And since there's only one tournament left in the 2011 Futures Tour schedule, Sydnee has put herself in position to earn her 2012 LPGA Tour card.
And Brittany Lincicome is your 2011 Canadian Women's Open winner. She did it by shooting 70 in the trying final-round conditions (Montreal got strong winds and some rain courtesy of squalls sent by Hurricane Irene) to win by one stroke over Stacy Lewis and defending champion Michelle Wie.
2011 has been a great year for Brittany, her most consistent season to date. The win in Canada is her second of the year (and fifth of her career). She also has second- and third-place finishes, along with a slew of Top 20s.
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Henrietta Zuel is a winner again on the LET Access Series (the LET's own Futures Tour). Henni won the LETAS Ladies Open in England, beating Ashleigh Simon in a playoff. The win is Zuel's second of 2011 on the LETAS; she also won in March at the Terre Blanche Ladies Open in France.
The victory moves Henrietta to the top of the LETAS order of merit with three of six tournaments complete. The golfer who tops that list at the end of the year gets her tour card for the LET in 2012.
Ryann O'Toole was Team USA Captain Rosie Jones' other captain's pick for the 2011 Solheim Cup (Vicky Hurst was the first). And that seemed to surprise a lot of observers.
That surprise is understandable; after all, how many golfers in the previous history of the Solheim Cup were chosen for one of the teams after just seven LPGA starts? None.
But I love the pick, and think it entirely justified. I feel bad for those golfers passed over, but think of it this way: Those other candidates had two years to make their cases, and didn't get it done. Sure, Ryann has only seven LPGA starts in her rookie season, but she did make her case to Rosie Jones.
Ryann's selection came on the same day as her best finish to date in an LPGA tournament, a tie for fifth at the Safeway Classic. Her previous Top 10 this year was at the U.S. Women's Open.
O'Toole is a tough, spirited, intense competitor who should thrive in the Solheim Cup cauldron.
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Vicky Hurst is a member of the 2011 USA Solheim Cup team after receiving a captain's pick following the Safeway Classic. Hurst tied for fifth in that Safeway Classic, which was her second-best LPGA finish to date (she was runner-up at the 2010 Hana Bank Championship).
Hurst was the 2007 AJGA Player of the Year as a junior, and turned pro in 2008. She dominated the Futures Tour that year, winning five times, to earn her LPGA card for 2009. She's been a solid performer since, still at the tender age of 21.
Hurst finished 11th in the US Solheim Cup points standings, one spot out of an automatic selection. So it was no surprise when Captain Rosie Jones asked Hurst to join the team.
Hmmm, seems like it was this same time last year that we were writing about Danielle Kang ... well, there's good reason for that: She won the same tournament two years in a row.
Kang won the 2011 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship one year after winning the 2010 version. In 2011, Kang, who is 18, beat the 17-year-old Moriya Jutanugarn 6-and-5 in the championship match.
Kang plans to turn pro now that the Women's Am is behind her.
Her name is Brooke Pancake, and yes, that surname leads to some great nicknames. Golfweek writer Beth Ann Baldry tweeted that Pancake's teammates at the University of Alabama call her "Cakes," "IHOP," and "Waffles." And that of those three, Brooke prefers "Cakes."
You can call her "Hot Cakes" after her great performance at the 2011 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship. Pancake reached the semifinals before bowing out to defending champ Danielle Kang, 1-down.
Pancake won the Tar Heel Invitational during the 2010-11 NCAA women's golf season for Alabama, where she also maintains a 4.13 grade point average. (I'm proud to note that my own GPA was at least 50-percent of that!) She's an All-American on the course, and an NGCA Scholar Athlete off it.
Prior to college, Pancake dominated high school golf in Tennessee, winning the state championship four straight times. According to the USGA, she's already a member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.
If you've watched The Haney Project on the Golf Channel, you know that Suzanne Haney is the wife of golf instructor Hank Haney. And if you follow Suzanne on Twitter, you know that Suzanne is an avid golfer herself - and that she and Hank are posting golf tips on YouTube. Hank narrates while Suzanne demonstrates. For example:
Suzanne is a model and aspiring actor. The bio for her on her agency's website notes that she has a degree in Media Arts and a minor in business from the University of Arizona. Suzanne was introduced to Hank by Charles Barkley. The bio also notes:
"Suzanne's interests have always been in film and television. ... Suzanne is also appearing in director Peter Berg's film Battleship, sharing scenes with stars Brooklyn Decker and Alexander Skaarsgard. Suzanne is also an experienced model in both print and runway."
Battleship is currently scheduled for release in May 2012.