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Did You Know Charley Hull is a Magazine Columnist?

(Photos: @charleyhull1) Did you know that English golf phenom Charley Hull is also a magazine columnist? Not content with being an LET champion and Solheim Cup member at age 17, and one of the most exciting young players in women's golf at age 18, now Charley is also writing a column for Lady Golfer Magazine.Lady Golfer is published by the UK's National Club Golfer. Charley was announced as a new columnist earlier this year and her first report appeared in June. She began it by saying, "Welcome to my first column for LG where I look forward to telling you all about my exploits on the course and hopefully a few wins!" In her second column, published in September, Charley shared some insights into her mental approach:I like to visualise everything off the tee, rather than being too technical, and after a few weeks off (other than some games with my mates) it is easy to forget the mental visuals and then, after a couple of weeks of tournaments, it comes back and I get…

Krista Bakker

(Photos: Instagram/krideee_) Krista Bakker is a 20-year-old rookie on the Ladies European Tour. She was born in Espoo, Finland, but spent her teen years in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She has both Finnish and Dutch citizenship. She got her start in golf at age 8, working with her father - a golf instructor - during the Finnish summers. She played on the Dutch national golf team during her early teens, but for the third-place Finland team at the Espirito Santo Trophy in 2012. Today, Krista plays under the Finnish flag. One of her best achievements as an amateur was her third-place finish at the 2013 European Championship. Bakker turned pro after winning one of the LET's Q-School pre-qualifiers, and then finishing in the Top 30 in the Q-School proper at the end of 2013. After her Q-School pre-qualifying win, Bakker was interviewed for the LET website, which asked her to describe her game. She replied:"I think my driver is pretty good. I hit it far enough, not much, but it is al…

Will Christien of Back9Network

Last week we told you about two of the on-air personalities we'll be seeing when the Back9Network makes its cable television debut on Sept. 29 on the DirectTV system: Erica Bachelor and Caite Upton. Today, let's meet Will Christien. Christien is the co-host of Back9Network's The Clubhouse, which will air every weeknight at 10 p.m. (Eastern). Her co-hosts are former PGA Tour player John Maginnes, and former Golfweek writer Jeff Rude. Back9 describes the show thusly: The playful banter of Christien, Maginnes, and Rude will echo the conversations one would hear at the 19th hole. The trio’s no-holds-barred conversations will cover the latest happenings both on and off the course, as they incorporate questions and guidance from viewers at home, celebrities and the game’s professionals. “Our show is a conversation; we talk about life, but use golf as a theme," Christen says. "It’s for you if you’ve played once and it’s for you if you play every day.” So who is W…

MJ Hur

#480189327 / gettyimages.com MJ Hur won the 2014 Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic, her first LPGA win in five years. And she did it with a tournament record score of 21-under. Hur has always looked like one of those golfers just on the verge of breaking out, and perhaps this victory will do it for her. (The MJ, by the way, is short for Mi Jung.) Hur first made her mark when she got into the 2006 Hana Bank-Kolon Championship in her native Korea and finished sixth. After that, her father sold his sporting goods store and moved the family to America so that Hur could pursue the LPGA Tour via the Futures Tour. She won on the Futures Tour in 2007, then returned in 2008 and finished fourth on the money list. And that moved her up to the LPGA Tour in 2009. And in that rookie season, Hur first won at the Safeway Classic. She hadn't won since, however, until the Yokohama. There were signs it was coming, though: She finished ninth at the Portland Classic two starts prior; and was third at h…

Demi Runas Plays Her Way Onto LPGA Tour at Symetra Finale

As the season-ending Symetra Tour Championship began, Demi Runas sat 15th on the tour's money list. Problem: Only the Top 10 finishers in the "Race to the Card" earn LPGA Tour status for 2015. Runas needed to finish in the Top 5 in the Tour Championship in order to jump into the Top 10 on the money list. And after three rounds, she was only in 21st place in the tournament. Problem? Turns out, it was no problem! Runas played the round of her life in the final round of the Symetra Tour Championship, carding a 65 that included birdies on the two final holes. That jumped her all the way up into a tie for first. She went into a playoff against Jackie Stoelting and Marita Engzelius. A storybook ending would have had Runas winning the tournament to secure her LPGA card. But this is life, not a storybook, and Engzelius won the playoff. But something tells me Runas isn't beating herself up too bad over that missed opportunity at a victory. By finishing second in the Syme…

Paula Reto

The second-round leader the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic might be an unfamiliar name (at this point) even to LPGA fans. So let's introduce Paula Reto. Reto shot 65-66 the first two rounds of the Yokohama, the tour's Alabama stop, and held a 3-stroke lead at that point. We don't know how she'll finish, but she's made an impression. The 2014 season is Reto's rookie year on the LPGA, and entering the Alabama event she had played 17 tournaments and stood 105th on the money list. She was 316th in the world rankings at that point. Reto got off to a rough start in 2014, missing 10 of her first 12 cuts. But since that time Paula has made some money, including a season-best tie for 9th at the Portland Classic, her last event before the Yokohama. She's a native of Capetown, South Africa, who played NCAA golf at Purdue University. She was a 3-time All-Big 10 Conference selection and, as a senior in 2013, led the conference in scoring average and earned All-America …

Caite Upton and Back9Network's 'Off Par'

We wrote earlier about Back9Network's The Turnand its co-host, Erica Bachelor. Let's turn now to another of the shows that will debut when Back9Network makes the leap from online content to television network: Off Par, co-hosted by Caite Upton. First, a reminder about what Back9Network is up to: The network has existed for a couple years as an online content destination, with plans to grow into a television network. That time arrives on Sept. 29, 2014, when Back9 debuts on the DirecTV platform. The network plans to expand to other cable providers in the future, as new deals can be struck. How will Back9Network differ from the Golf Channel? Focus. While Back9 will provide golf news, that's not its focus; golf lifestyle is. Says Senior VP of Programming Scot Thor: "While we will certainly pay attention to professional golf's leaderboard, our coverage will focus on the lifestyle of the game where golf enthusiasts are spending their time and money - the courses a…

Erica Bachelor, Co-Host of Back9Network's Flagship Show

Did you know that a new golf television network is about to launch? The Back9Network has actually been around a couple years as a web presence, offering written and video content while working toward launching as a full-fledged television network. That launch is now scheduled for Sept. 29, 2014, when Back9Network goes live on DirecTV (the network is pursuing additional distribution and should expand to other cable systems over time). Back9Network doesn't think of itself as a golf-news network along the lines of Golf Channel; while Back9 will report on tournament results and will offer news segments, the focus of the new network is on golf lifestyle. And one of the early stars of the network is likely to be Erica Bachelor, who will co-host, with Shane Bacon, what Back9 calls its flagship show, The Turn. The Turn, which will air daily at noon and 7 p.m. (Eastern), "will tackle the industry's biggest topics by blending news, analysis and user-generated content with beh…

Watch Christy Yun's 'Hot' Tip

A few days ago we told you about the Golf Digest video series called "The Sexiest Shots in Golf," and which features Anna Rawson and Blair O'Neal. Today, let's take a look at Golf magazine's own video series called "Hot Tip from a Hot Golfer." The folks at Golf.com have been posting these videos for several months now, both on Golf.com and also on YouTube. And one of the hot golfers providing Golf.com's hot tips is Christy Yun. Here is Christy with a putting tip: One thing you'll learn very quickly about Christy is that she loves a good hat. Christy is a great choice for this series, for both the obvious reasons (Golf.com has also featured her in its Most Beautiful Women in Golf slideshows) and for this: She's a real, live golf instructor. She's a tournament player, too, a tour pro. Yun has won the Washington state championship and played collegiately at Columbia University. After turning pro she gained status on the Symetra Tour. …

The Many Talents of Carly Booth

If you're on Instagram, like golf babes, and are not following Carly Booth, well, what's wrong with you? The Scottish lass and Ladies European Tour winner shares lots of pics, quite a few of them of the bikini or clubwear variety. Fore! And she has many talents. Such as dancing up a storm in the clubs: And walking on her hands: She's a fun follow. Check her out at instagram.com/carlyabooth.More Carly Booth pics

Lexi Thompson's 'Golf Punk' Photo Shoot

If you're a Lexi Thompson fan (heck, even if you're not - but, c'mon, how many Golf Babes readers aren't?) you'll definitely want to check out the latest online edition of Golf Punk magazine. It features an interview with the LPGA wunderkind, accompanied by a photo shoot that proves "little" Lexi is all grown up. Here's a screenshot of the title page: And here's a quartet of images that Lexi posted on Instagram, calling these "some of my favorite images" from the Golf Punk shoot: If you're not familiar with Golf Punk, it's a UK magazine that was around for many years as a print publication. After a hiatus of several years, it relaunched a few years back as an online publication. Golf Punk has always presented golf with an attitude, and since it is aimed primarily at a male audience it has always presented golf with babes, too. Each issue typically features a "Bunker Babes" section (models posing on golf courses) and/…

Anna Rawson, Blair O'Neal in Golf Digest's 'Sexiest Shots in Golf' Series

Way back in 2006, Golf Babes was born - originally inspired by, among several others, the golfers/models Anna Rawson and Blair O'Neal. Now, these many years later, Anna and Blair are part of the same video series: Golf Digest's "Sexiest Shots in Golf." The videos - which Golf Digest posts on its own website as well as on its YouTube channel - feature O'Neal or Rawson demonstrating how to play a particular golf shot. GD started posting and promoting the clips in mid-2014. First up, one of Anna's photos and clips: And now it's Blair's turn: You can find all "Sexiest Shots in Golf" videos to date - and keep up with new ones as they added - by visiting GD's YouTube playlist.More Anna Rawson picsMore Blair O'Neal pics

Michelle Wie's Golf Digest Cover

That's the October 2014 Golf Digest cover, with Michelle Wie. And that's significant: GD had gotten into some hot water with women's golf fans for a couple recent covers that featured women - but not professional golfers - in sexy attire. A TV broadcaster in one case, a celebutante in another. Yet, the magazine hadn't had a female golfer on its cover since 2008. Until October 2014, and Michelle Wie. Good for Wie. Good for GD.

Minjee Lee Goes Pro

Photo by Golf Australia The world's No. 1-ranked amateur is an amateur no more. A day after helping Team Australia win the World Amateur Championship, 18-year-old Minjee Lee announced she is turning pro. #453220156 / gettyimages.com The announcement was made in a video posted to YouTube by Golf Australia: Lee has won a slew of top amateur tournaments, including the U.S. Girls Amateur Championship in 2012 and the Australian Women's Amateur in 2013 and 2014. And she's played in plenty of pro tournaments already, too, including Top 25 finishes in both the U.S. Women's Open and the Kraft Nabisco Championship this year. She was part of Team Australia at the LPGA's inaugural International Crown (the only amateur in the field), and won the ALPG's Oates Victorian Open this year. Get used to hearing about Minjee Lee. Her winning ways are very likely to continue in the professional ranks.

Emily Talley Becomes Brand Ambassador for Bandit Wines

It figures Emily Talley has an appreciation for wine. She grew up in the Napa Valley, after all. Talley, a native of Napa, Calif., now gets to enjoy a glass of red (or white, or ...) as part of the job: The Big Break NFL champ and 2014 Symetra Tour member is a new "brand ambassador" for Bandit wines, a brand from Napa Valley's Trinchero Family Estates. "Emily is the perfect pairing for Bandit as she is big fan of the brand, and as a Napa native, our community is a big fan of Emily," Bandit's senior marketing manager, John Garaventa, said in the company press release. Added Emily: "It is so special to be joining forces with a company from my hometown and I will do my best to make TFE and Bandit proud!" Emily will represent Bandit at Symetra Tour events and at the Big Break Invitational tournament (and, hopefully, on the LPGA Tour eventually). More from the press release: "Since going pro, she has been splitting her time between California…