Hee Young Park has been a solid player on the LPGA Tour since joining in 2008, and she's come close to victory in the past. But LPGA Win No. 1 eluded her. Until now. Park won the season-ending CME Group Titleholders and the hefty half-a-million-dollar first prize paycheck that came with it.
Park entered the Titleholders 32nd on the money list; now she'll finish the year inside the Top 15. She should also get a nice boost in the world rankings, in which she was 58th entering the tournament.
Sharmila Nicollet is a winner again on India's Hero Women’s Professional Tour. Nicollet won for the second straight time, this week at the Chandigarh stop, the seventh tournament of the Hero season.
An article on IndianSportsNews.com calls Nicollet "the lanky long-hitter from Bangalore." Which is awesome. I hereby move that from now on, Nicollet always be referred to as "the lanky long hitter from Bangalore."
As we've noted before on Golf Babes, Nicollet is beginning to gain wider notice outside of Indian golf, making multiple appearances in Europe and showing up more frequently on the Ladies European Tour. The photo above was taken during the 2011 Evian Masters.
The Ladies European Tour recently spotlighted Mari Suursalu, who the LET notes is the first - and so far only - female professional golfer from Estonia.
Suursalu has yet to appear in any LET event, but does play in tournaments on the LET's developmental tour, the LET Access Series. For the last three year, Suursalu's primary golf home has been the Nordea Tour.
The article, posted on the LETAS website, notes:
There are more than a million visitors to Estonia every year and it is only a four hour drive from one side of the country to the other. Winters are cold, but the welcome is said to be warm.
There are only 2000 golfers and eight golf courses in Estonia, so Mari is a rare talent. She says that the LETAS is the ideal tour for her to compete against other international players.
"I've won many Estonian titles but the competition there cannot really compare," she says.