Caroline Martens Wins LET Q-School

The winner of the 2013 Ladies European Tour Q-School is Norwegian golfer Caroline Martens, who earns her tour card for the 2014 season. Martens won it easily, too - her final margin of victory was eight strokes. The LET explains Martens' recent injury history:

Having previously held Category 9b membership of the LET in 2012, Martens kept competitive by playing on the LET Access Series in 2013, but dislocated both of her shoulders during a tournament in Sweden in early September.

"It's been such a difficult year and I've worked so hard. Having this week going the way it did, it makes me feel like all the hard work I've put into it really paid off. I'm really looking forward to next year, getting started and improving on what I did here," she said.

Her Q-School performance certainly suggests Caroline is fully healed and ready for some good results in 2014.

Martens played NCAA golf at Louisiana State University (LSU), recording four Top 10 finishes. After college, Caroline played the Nordea Tour and LET Access Series before gaining the status mentioned in the blockquote above on the LET in 2012-13. In a limited number of appearances, her best finish to date in an LET tournament is a tie for ninth at the 2012 ISPS Handa Ladies British Masters.

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Emily Talley Wins 'Big Break NFL'

Photo by Teresa Lee Photography; courtesy of Emily Talley

Congratulations to Emily Talley, your Big Break NFL champion on the Golf Channel series. (OK, Emily had two teammates who also won - NFL legend Jerry Rice plus Isaac Sanchez - but this blog isn't called Golf Dudes.)

Emily gets a pretty good grand prize for the victory: an exemption to play in the 2014 ShopRite LPGA Classic.

Emily graduated from the University of Colorado (with a degreen in communications) in 2012, the same year she won the school's Athlete of the Year Award (and also won the California Women's Amateur). She entered LPGA Q-School late that year and made it through all three stages, falling just short. Her website says that was a blessing in disguise: "Although she felt the pain of being so close and falling just short, she claims that it was a 'blessing in disguise' because she did not think she would have been both physically and mentally ready for the LPGA her very first year as a professional golfer."

So in 2013, Emily played her rookie season on the Symetra Tour, making 10 out of 13 cuts with a best showing of 9th in the Volvik Championship. She also recorded five other Top 20 finishes. Talley finished 45th on the tour's money list, but 30th in scoring average - a very solid rookie year, and one she'll surely improve upon during the 2014 Symetra Tour season.

You can keep up with Emily by following her on Twitter (@emtal) or Facebook (facebook.com/emilytalleygolf).

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Paula Creamer Gets Engaged

Big news from Paula Creamer, just posted on Twitter:

Paula and her boyfriend Derek are now engaged to be married. Congratulations to both! Here's another pic posted by Paula showing off the ring (and her dog Studly):

And here more pics posted by Paula on Instagram of her and Derek together:

So just who is this Derek guy? His full name is Derek Heath, and he's been dating Paula since March. Golf Channel has more details: "The couple met through their parents. Paula's father and Derek's father flew together in the Navy and both became commercial airline pilots. They remain close friends. Paula and Derek met at the Kia Classic in March. Derek, an Air Force Academy graduate, flies C-17s, large military transports, for the Air Force. He recently moved into active reserve status. A wedding date has yet to be announced."

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Instructor Sarah Dant

Sarah Dant is a Class A PGA golf instructor who spends part of the year at the The Golf Club of Tennessee in Kingston Springs, Tenn., and the winter months in Naples, Fla., at Royal Poinciana Golf Club. She shared this tweet recently:

And here is that first YouTube video posted by Sarah:

The video is a little dark in spots, but the in-depth instruction on alignment is excellent, and Sarah is obviously a very personable individual. She seems like an instructor who would put her students at ease and communicate very well, which is about three-fourths of the battle in taking golf lessons. Hopefully she'll continue posting in-depth instructional videos on YouTube.

See her website, sarahdantgolf.com, for more info.

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More Meghan Hardin Calendar Pics

We told you a couple weeks ago about the Wilson Golf 100th anniversary calendar featuring Meghan Hardin. You can read about it, and view some behind-the-scenes pics of Meghan, here.

And in the meantime, here are some calendar pics of Meghan for you:

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