Merry Christmas from Golf Babes

Merry Christmas 2015 to all those celebrating. Happy holidays to all those who aren't. Happy New Year to everyone. These golf babes are in the spirit of the season.

Arizona State University golfer Madison Kerley:

Areum Jung:

Carly Booth:

Courtney Coleman:

Paula Creamer:

Pernilla Lindberg:

Seema Sadekar:

Sandra Gal:

Jessica Korda and Nelly Korda:

Paula Reto:

Shasta Averyhardt:

Su-Ann Heng:

Meet Brittany Mai

Brittany Mai shared the photo above on her Instagram page with the explanation that the "Mai surname is a type of flower in Vietnam." Having recently graduated from UCLA, you could say that Brittany will now see the flowering of a career. The only question is: Will that career involve golf?

#gopro #golf #fun thanks to auntie jay & uncle tom @jayleung83 @kato1964 #best #family #spoiled ❤️

A video posted by B R I T T A N Y M A I (@brittany.mai) on

Brittany started her college golf career on the team at Northwestern. While there, Mai posted some of her best results, including multiple Top 20 finishes. She had her team's best final-round score in the 2012 Big East Regional after finishing 27th in the 2012 Big Ten Championship.

Brittany was studying pre-med at the same time she was golfing. But this San Diego girl wasn't a huge fan of those cold Illinois winters. So she transferred back to Cali and UCLA.

"I missed the warm year-round weather having been born and raised in sunny San Diego," Brittany told us. "To this day, I am so grateful for Coach Carrie (Forsyth) for allowing me the opportunity to have a spot on the UCLA women's golf team."

Here is Brittany with UCLA teammate Erynne Lee:

But now that college golf is over, what's next for Brittany Mai? Well, she has a spirit of adventure and a love of travel:

And she's also done some modeling. "I am a brand ambassador and did some modeling for Vaya (beach clothing and jewelry company)," Mai said, "and Sandcloud (beach towel company)."

Is professional golf in her plans? "My current golf plans are still up in the air," Brittany said, since she is enrolled part-time in dental school at UC-San Diego.

She does still have the dream of becoming the LPGA's first Vietnamese-American member, however - "I naturally have a stubborn and competitive spirit" - and that keeps her working on her game. Brittany is "still open to taking my golf to the next level and may play in some pre-qualifiers for the upcoming LPGA tournaments in the 2016 season, and possibly Q-School."

There is one complicating factor about pursuing professional golf, however: An old injury. You see, golf wasn't Brittany's first sport. From age 8 Mai was a competitive figure skater with the goal of making it to the Winter Olympics. She still gets on the ice occasionally today:

dis definitely ain't no #tbt #scratchspin #weee

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"Unfortunately, I took a hard fall and got diagnosed with spondylosis and spondylolisthesis, calling for my retirement from the sport at the age of 13," Brittany said. And that's when she switched to golf as a competitive outlet. "I get sporadic muscle spasms from my back injury but I still practice (golf) almost every day," she told us.

So we're not sure yet - and neither is she - whether golf will be part of Brittany's future career plans. But we're pretty confident that whatever path she settles on, Brittany will be a success.

You can follow Brittany Mai on Instagram (@brittany.mai) or on Twitter (@brittanymai1).

2015 LPGA Q-School Graduates

Congratulations to all the golfers in the graduating class of 2015 LPGA Q-School. These 20 women are playing on the LPGA Tour in 2016. Some are familiar names, others will be in their rookie seasons as pro golfers.

The medalist was Simin Feng (pictured above) of China, who dominated. Simin opened with a 65, followed with a 70, the finished with three consecutive rounds of 69. She won by seven shots over the runner-up, Grace Na of the USA. This is Grace:

Here are the 20 qualifiers for next year's LPGA Tour:

Simin Feng, 342
Grace Na, 349
Budsabakorn Sukapan, 349
Cyna Rodriguez, 350
Maude-Aimee LeBlanc, 350
Meghan Khang, 351
Cydney Clanton, 351
Ashlan Ramsey, 352
Laetitia Beck, 352
Nontaya Srisawang, 353
Gaby Lopez, 353
Julie Yang, 353
Cheyenne Woods, 354
Sandra Changkija, 354
Holly Clyburn, 355
Bertine Strauss, 355
Lindy Duncan, 355
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras, 355
Jing Yan, 356
Benyapa Niphatsophon, 356

You can see the full scores here.

The round of day for the final day goes to Ashlan Ramsey:

Ramsey started the final day outside the Top 20 cutoff, then shot 67 to jump all the way into a tied for 8th place. She's struggled with injuries and her progress was slowed somewhat because of that - as we wrote about Ashlan here - but Ramsey would still be in college had she stayed.

Another one who jumped from outside the Top 20 on the final day was Cheyenne Woods:

Cheyenne finished with a 69 to improve from 24th to 13th. Of course, Woods didn't have to go through Q-School this year - she already had partial status for next season. But with her finish, now she has full status.

One golfer who struggled just a bit on the final day was Julie Yang:

Julie finished with a 75. But not to worry! After being near the top of the leaderboard all week, Julie only fell to 10th place. So we'll be seeing her on the LPGA in 2016.

Instagramming With ... Belen Mozo

Let's go Instagramming with Spanish beauty Belen Mozo and find out what this LPGA golfer has been up to lately.

Well, lately, she's been busy preparing for the final stage of LPGA Q-School. Don't worry Belen fans: No matter what happens at Q-School, we will see Belen on the LPGA Tour in 2016. She finished 101st on the 2015 money list, which means she still has status and will still get into some tournaments next year.

But Mozo is playing Q-School in an effort to improve her status and get into more events next year. One of the things that means is fitness training:

And lots and lots of practice:

But you do have to leave time for fun and time for recharging:

Here she is with boyfriend Robert Farah, a professional tennis player:

Belen has had a very solid LPGA career to date since first making it onto the tour as a rookie in 2011. She was 67th on the money list that year. Her best money list finish to date is 55th, which she achieved in 2014. She has three career Top 10 finishes on the LPGA.

Career highlight so far for Mozo? She was part of Team Spain that won the inaugural International Crown tournament in 2014.

You can follow Belen on Instagram or on Twitter.

How Two Friends Launched a Company: Backswing Golf Events

McKenzie Lyng (left) and Amanda Robertson

What is Backswing Golf Events? It's a company that brings good golf and great personalities, and lots of fun, to golf tournaments and events. (That these golfers happen to be "golf babes" is just a bonus.) It's also a company that was founded fairly recently by two good friends making their first formal forays into the business world.

All pro golfers are businessmen and businesswomen really, in women's golf, especially: there are travel arrangements to make, money to scrimp and save for entry fees, expenses to track and tame. (The PGA Tour guys all have "people" who do those things for them.) But founding their own company is a new experience for the Backswing co-founders and co-CEOs, McKenzie Lyng and Amanda Robertson.

"I love it because whatever we do and however hard we work determines the outcome of how our business grows," said Lyng (you might better know as McKenzie Jackson from Big Break Mexico). "There are some things we are learning as we go, but that's the fun of it. I don't think that there's many companies who have the same business plan as we do, so, therefore, we can choose how we want to do things and I love that about starting a company."

McKenzie and Amanda were doing what many young golf pros do to supplement their income: working the pro-am circuits. Personal appearances and playing appearances at corporate events, charity tournaments and the like.

"Amanda and I have been talking about making what we do into a company for a long time," McKenzie said. "We have been traveling participating in Pro-Ams for about 2-1/2 years now, and finally decided to make it official this summer."

That meant putting together a business plan, recruiting other golfers to join the Backswing Golf Events roster and marketing their services.

What about those services? McKenzie says, "What we provide for clients is a fun, personable day on the golf course! They can take away an unforgettable memory from playing with awesome professional golfers. There are a lot of things we do to customize each event, to ensure each group has a great experience."

Backswing's services can include a pre-event gala, for example, or a lunch and golf clinics. They often include Big Break-style challenges (such as the infamous Flop Wall or the glass break). The Backswing pros at an event might rotate among groups of golfers, play several holes with each group. Or there might be a Backswing pro stationed at each of the par-3 holes to interact and play the hole with each group as it comes through.

And Backswing's roster of pros? It's expanding all the time and includes many golfers we've featured here on Golf Babes. One of the newest additions is Anna DePalma:

And another new addition is McKenzie's fellow Big Break alum Kristi (O'Brien) Moster:

Other Backswing pros include Kylee Duede, Chelsea Kinard, Candra Sumedhatip and Melissa Mabanta.

So if you're involved in planning a golf event, be sure to check out the Backswing Golf Events website. You can also find them on Facebook, and the founders are on Twitter: @McKenzie1207 and @TeamAmanda295.

Savannah Vilaubi Gets Her First Pro Win

(Photos: @savannahvilaubi/Instagram)

The second-to-last tournament of the 2015 Cactus Tour schedule concluded on Tuesday, Oct. 27, and it crowned a first-time winner: Savannah Vilaubi.

Vilaubi not only won for the first time since turning pro, but she did so by posting a career-best 64 in the final round. That is gettin' it done.

Savannah posted scores of 70, 72 and 64 to win the tournament, finishing at 10-under 206. That 64 included a birdie on the final hole, and she needed it: She beat runner-up Spencer Heller by a single stroke. In a post on Instagram afterward, Savannah wrote:

"Gratitude over anything is what I'm feeling right now, but vomiting from the nerves is a close second ... I shot a new career low of 64 to come from 4 strokes behind and get the win! I'm so thankful for the beautiful girls I got to meet and play with this tournament. The camaraderie I've experienced on the Cactus Tour is so wonderful and such a blessing to be around. I'm so thankful for the support team that's behind me including family, friends, coaches, @gbelts, and everyone else who's sent a positive thought my way."

Vilaubi turned pro earlier in 2015 after concluding her collegiate career at UC Riverside by becoming the first golfer from that school to play her way in the NCAA Women's Championship. In her senior season for the Highlanders, Savannah had five Top 10 finishes in nine starts and was named to the All-Conference team. She improved her scoring average each of her four years at UCR, lowered her personal best 54-hole scores the last two years, and set the school scoring record of 67 in her final season.

Catching Up With Brandi Seymour

What ever happened to Brandi Seymour? You might remember her - we certainly do - for her time on camera at the Golf Channel.

But Brandi's golf roots go back to her youth in Torrance, Calif., playing Western States Golf Association junior tournaments. She did well enough to earn a golf scholarship to Oregon State University. And Seymour graduated from OSU in 1999 with a degree in communications.

After her college golf career ended, Brandi went home to Southern California and went to work in the public relations field. But after a while, that just wasn't cutting it.

“My main thing, a couple years after I got out of school, was ‘How do I get back into golf?’" Seymour told the Corvallis Gazette-Times in a 2005 article.

She got back into golf by getting hired at the Golf Channel. That was in 2002, and Brandi started at the network behind-the-scenes as an associate producer for spotting and scoring.

What does that job entail?

"Knowing where all the significant action is on the golf course, where we have cameras, knowing the players' hitting order, knowing timing and selling the Senior Producer the best options for the next live shot," Brandi told Golf Babes, "as well as coordinating with the replay producer to cover anything we might not get to live."

Soon the network had Brandi hosting taped lifestyle features about the golfers, and before long she was handling post-round interviews on live broadcasts as well as producuing player features.

Brandi was a familiar and welcome face on the Golf Channel's Web.com Tour (then known as the Nationwide Tour) broadcasts, and also took part in many LPGA broadcasts.

But she left the Golf Channel in 2008, and left golf broadcasting, too.

So where is Brandi Seymour today? She went home again, leaving Florida (where Golf Channel is headquartered) for Southern California, and Seymour now works in the entertainment industry.

"I absolutely loved my time at Golf Channel but left to return to Los Angeles and have a life off the road after many years," Brandi told GolfBabes.club.

Seymour went to work on the production side of a television pilot which, alas, never aired (hey, that's Hollywood).

But she soon landed a gig at one of the top entertainment design companies in L.A. as a project manager.

"I collaborated with studio marketing executives in creating campaigns for Sony Pictures, Paramount Pictures, The Weinstein Company and The Los Angeles Opera. Eventually I was promoted to the position of Account Executive for our Home Entertainment/multi-media division. Working directly with clients and creative staff, we create campaigns for theatrical, home entertainment and multi-media buys."

She also works at supporting charitable foundations such as The Bridge Golf Foundation, The First Tee of South Los Angeles and Midnight Mission.

And golf? Does Brandi still play?

"Now, I play golf about twice a month or a little less with either clients, in charity events, or with friends," Brandi told us. "I have always enjoyed practicing so when I don't have time to play, I still tinker with my swing. I like to put the headphones on and zone out."

Nelly Korda Wins Stage II of LPGA Q-School

The second stage of the LPGA's 2015 Q-School is over and the winner is 17-year-old amateur Nelly Korda. Korda finished one stroke ahead of runner-up Grace Na at 3-under 284. She carded rounds of 75, 70, 70 and 69.

The Top 80 finishers in Stage II move on to the final stage of 2015 Q-School, which takes place Nov. 30-Dec. 6. And Korda will be there.

Nelly can remain an amateur if she does not earn her tour card at the final stage, a nice option to have. But if she makes it through, well, hello pro career.

The answer to that question, of course, is yes. Nelly is the younger sister of LPGA winner Jessica Korda. And in fact, the sisters pulled off quite the feat just a couple weeks ago: They recorded wins on back-to-back days. Jessica Korda won the LPGA Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia on Oct. 11, 2015. The next day, Nelly won the AJGA Ping Invitational.

And the Ping Invitational is one of the biggies in junior golf. Nelly didn't just win that tournament, she dominated, winning by 11 shots.

Korda is currently ranked No. 4 in the Polo junior rankings and she's having an exceptional year. She won in June at the Yani Tseng Invitational; was runner-up at the Rolex Girls Junior Championship; and has multiple other Top 6 finishes in AJGA tournaments.

And Nelly began 2015 with a huge victory in the Harder Hall Women’s Invitational. In Golfweek's rankings, Nelly is No. 45 among amateur women worldwide, and No. 3 among junior girls.

(Photos: @nellykorda/Instagram)

Maria Rodriguez is a 'Model' Golfer

You've probably already "met" Maria Rodriguez, even if you don't realize it. She's the golfer behind a viral Instagram video that's been making the rounds recently, including being featured by Golf Digest. Here is that video:

Things you can do with a big butt and a good golf swing 🍑⛳️ @nanimerchi

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Maria Rodriguez is the one hitting the shot; her University of South Florida teammate Maria Merchan is the one whose booty is the "tee." (Is that brave, or nuts? Kids - don't try this at home!)

Rodriguez is in her junior season as a member of the USF women's golf team. She's originally from Cali, Colombia, but moved to Florida to attend high school at the IMG Academy. Her brother Carlos plays on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica.

Maria didn't make the tournament day roster as a freshman, but last season was a breakout one for her and she made the roster in all nine of South Florida's tournaments. Maria had 5 Top 25 finishes, including two in the Top 10, with a best finish of second place at the Florida Challenge.

And if you look at her Instagram page beyond the video she posted that's currently getting so much attention, you'll learn something else about Maria: She's a model. Or at least she's working at being a model. And if that's what she wants, then these photos she's shared on Instagram say she has a great chance to make her mark in that realm, too:

In addition to her Instagram page linked above, you can follow Maria on Twitter or check out her website.