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Paige Spiranac in Golf Digest Japan Calendar

The Japanese edition of Golf Digest has published one, sometimes two, golf calendars annually every year going back .... well, many years. In "the old days," as they say, one of the calendars was called the "World Ladies Golf Calendar," and included shots of various women from professional golf. For many years, from about 2006 to 2013 or so, another of the Golf Digest Japan calendars focused exclusively on Paula Creamer. These calendars were for sale only in Japan. The only way to get one outside of Japan was to watch for them on reseller sites such as eBay. But I hadn't seen any new calendars for a year or two. But now I know that Golf Digest Japan is still doing calendars, and the past two years the calendar has featured Paige Spiranac. On the magazine's YouTube channel, there are behind-the-scenes videos of Spiranac's photo shoots for the 2017 and 2018 calendars. And we'll share those with you now.

Successful Pro Debut for Muni He

Muni He (nickname: Lily) has played on the University of Southern California golf team the past two seasons. But she's not in college anymore - at least not as a golfer. He recently turned pro, and her first tournament as a professional golfer was the Ladies European Tour's 2017 Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. That's the same tournament where, a year ago, playing as an amateur, Muni missed the cut with rounds of 76-76. How'd she do in her pro debut? Here's the LET's tweet about it:Muni He finished on -5 & in T28 position on her first professional tournament @OMEGAGolfDubai. A great start to tee off her golfing career @EmiratesGC ⛳️ pic.twitter.com/CR6Aahcc57— Ladies European Tour (@LETgolf) December 12, 2017 A Top 30 finish in your first tournament as a pro is nothing to sneeze at. Muni earned that finish with rounds of 71-70-73 before shooting 69 in the final round. So what's in store for He in 2018? At minimum, she'll be playing on the Symetra To…

Alexandra O'Laughlin: The Next Golf Channel Star

(Photos via instagram/@olaughlingc) Who is Alexandra O'Laughlin? She's the next star at the Golf Channel. Golf's 24-hour network has a knack for discovering young, talented female announcers, who often start out primarily doing web features or running the social media desk for the network. Bailey (Mosier) Chamblee, for example, got her start that way. But the presenter's talent — and growing popularity — eventually lead to a bigger role. And that's what we should expect with Alexandra. O'Laughlin joined Golf Channel earlier in 2017 in the role of "social media host." What does that mean? It means "contributing to the network's social media platforms at tournaments and events throughout the golf calendar," the Golf Channel explains. From Alexandra's GolfChannel.com bio:"A two-time Academic All-American and captain of the Lewis University women’s golf team in Chicago, O’Laughlin took up the game in eighth grade and worked wit…

Michelle Wie's Blonde Ambition (2017 Model)

Michelle Wie has gone blonde, and we're here for it. While there's no improving on the original Wiezy, a blonde Michelle Wie is an impressive change-of-pace for the golfer who has always shown a knack for experimenting with her look. She played the last few tournaments of 2017 with blonde hair: Embed from Getty Images Wie spent a month or so before that stretch with lighter hair that wasn't all-the-way blonde; you might call it dirty blonde: But this 2017 blonde Michelle Wie isn't the first time she's gone blonde. She did it back in 2015, too. Here are couple pics from that version of blonde Wiezy:

Camille Chevalier's 1st Pro Win: 2017 Hero Women's Indian Open

Camille Chevalier is a winner on the Ladies European Tour. The young French golfer earned pro victory No. 1 at the 2017 Hero Women's Indian Open by shooting the low score of the day in the final round - and by birdying the final two holes. Chevalier closed with a 67 to catch and pass second-round leader Michele Thomson (71) and win by one stroke. Chevalier carded rounds of 68, 69 and 67 in the tournament, finishing at 12-under 204. It was only her 13th start on the Ladies European Tour since she turned pro. Her previous best finish was a tie for 16th at the Lacoste Ladies Open De France a few weeks ago. Going into the tournament, Chevalier was 17th on the LET's Order of Merit and ranked No. 547 in the Rolex Rankings. She'll make impressive jumps on both lists after this victory. Born in Marseille in 1993, Camille played NCAA golf at Indiana University. She ended her career as a Hoosier with the fifth-best scoring average in school history and the 73.61 average she po…

Michelle Wie in the 2018 Nike Catalog

Nike, alas, has pulled out of the golf club market. But the company is still swooshing along in the apparel market, and Michelle Wie is still one of the company's endorsers. And if you have a deal with someone as sexy as Wiezy, you ask her to do some modeling for you. Nike's 2018 golf apparel catalog includes multiple new shots of Wie, such as these: And for bonus points, here are couple previous Nike modeling shots of Michelle:

Esther Lee's First Pro Win Comes in Second Start

Esther Lee finished her collegiate career at the University of Colorado just a couple months ago. But she didn't have to wait long after turning pro to earn her first winner's check: Esther won in just her second start as a professional golfer. That tournament was the Long Beach Women's Open, part of the Cactus Tour schedule, that concluded on Aug. 3. Lee carded rounds of 73, 69 and 67 to finish at 7-under 209 and claim the win by a single stroke. It was a birdie on the second-to-last hole that provided that winning stroke. Esther told us she "thought that playing the Cactus Tour events in California would be a good mental refresher before diving into Q-School." Her first tournament as a pro happened a week before she won at the Cactus Tour's Mission Hills tournament. And she finished fourth in that event with a 3-under final score. "Playing well in the first tournaments since college is definitely a confidence booster," Esther said, "and…

Hyunju Yoo (Hyeonjoo Ryu): Newest Glamour Girl of the KLPGA

First, let's clear up why we've listed two names for this golfer in the headline. When she first came on the scene, she (and everyone else) spelled her name "Hyeonjoo Ryu." But recently on social media, she started spelling it "Hyunju Yoo." And we figure she knows better than anyone how to translate the Korean spelling of her name into an English spelling.

Scottish Open Win for Mi Hyang Lee

It seems like Mi Hyang Lee has been on the cusp of an LPGA breakout for many years now, but she's still only 24. And after the 2017 Ladies Scottish Open, she now how twice as many LPGA wins as she had before. Lee won the Scottish Open by one stroke over runners-up M.J. Hur and Karrie Webb. She earned it - her second career victory on the LPGA - by shooting 31 on the front nine, the parring every back-nine hole until a birdie on the last. Lee finished at 6-under 282. Mi Hyang, who lives in South Carolina now, got her first LPGA win back in 2014, a playoff win at the Mizuno Classic.

Blair O'Neal, Paige Spiranac Top 15 at Celebrity Major

The American Century Celebrity Golf Championship is the best-known celebrity golf tournament going. It even gets network television coverage on NBC Sports. And in 2017, two Golf Babes faves - Blair O'Neal and Paige Spiranac - posted Top 15 finishes. To be specific, O'Neal tied for 12th place and Spiranac finished 14th. Paige shot one of the best final round scores, a 71, to move up the leaderboard on the last day. If you're wondering, Blair and Paige played from the men's tees, same as everyone else in the field. So their scores of 75-74-77 for Blair and 76-80-71 for Paige are more impressive than at first glance. As Spiranac put it in a Facebook post:"Finished top 15 in my first American Century Championship! Not too bad since I was playing from the same tees as the boys haha" Not too bad at all. O'Neal has played the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship before, but this was Spiranac's first time. Hopefully we'll see them both ag…

Danielle Kang Makes Her First Pro Win a Major

Just one week ago, at the NW Arkansas Championship, Danielle Kang missed the cut. Afterward, she tweeted this photo: And gave it this caption:"When you're a donut on the golf course, you get to play with a donut at the pool on a Sunday" Calling herself a "donut" was a little harsh (although she missed the cut, she shot 71-71), but perhaps Kang was just saving up her birdies for the next week. Because one week later, at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, Kang got not only her first career win on the LPGA Tour, but did it in a major championship. Kang finished the Women's PGA (formerly known as the LPGA Championship) at 13-under 271 after shooting 69-66-68-68. Danielle made a slew of tough par-saving putts on the final day, and threw in birdies when it counted. That included a birdie on the final hole to secure the victory by one shot over defending champ Brooke Henderson. It feels like her first pro win should have come sooner for Kang, but that'…

Muni He (aka Lily He)

Who is Muni He? She's a highly promising amateur golfer who just completed her freshman season at the University of Southern California. And, as is obvious, if the pro golf thing doesn't work out (it will), there's always modeling. Muni - friends call her Lily - was born in China but grew up in Southern California playing the junior circuit. She first gained national prominence in 2014 with an Honorable Mention selection as a Rolex Junior All-American. She made the first team in 2016. In 2015, Muni qualified to play in the U.S. Women's Open and made the cut. She played in her first two professional tournaments, the Blue Bay LPGA and the Hyundai China Ladies Open. More appearances in pro tournaments followed in 2016, including a tie for 30th place at the Reignwood LPGA Classic. She also played the Hyundai China Ladies Open and Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. So despite her young age - still just 19 - Muni He has a multi-continent, multi-pro-tour resume already. And h…

Victory at the Meijer for Brooke Henderson

Brooke Henderson (right, above, with her sister and caddie Brittany) earned her first LPGA Tour win of 2017 at the Meijer Classic. Henderson finished with a 2-stroke margin over runners-up Lexi Thompson and Michelle Wie. Henderson was hot from the start in the Meijer, shooting a season-best 63 in Round 1. Her worst score of the week was a 67 and she finished with a 66. Her final score was 17-under 263. Henderson, still just 19, won twice in 2016 and once in 2015 on the LPGA Tour. No golfer from Canada has yet won 10 or more times on the LPGA Tour. The only question with Henderson is not if she reaches double digits in wins - of course she will! (barring injury, of course) - but how quickly she becomes the tour's all-time-winningest Canadian golfer.

Inky Wins at ShopRite

I.K. Kim didn't have a Top 10 on the LPGA Tour in the 2017 season entering the ShopRite LPGA Classic. And after? Not only did "Inky" get that first Top 10 - she got the win. Kim shot 69 in the final round to finish at 11-under 202. That was two strokes better than runner-up Anna Nordqvist, who was going for her third consecutive victory in the ShopRite. It was Kim's fourth career win on the LPGA Tour, and her first since the 2016 Reignwood LPGA Classic in China. She also won the Ladies European Tour in 2016 at the ISPS Handa Ladies European Masters.

Nanna Koerstz Madsen

Nanna Koerstz Madsen of Denmark posted her second victory of the 2017 Symetra Tour season on Sunday, June 4, at the Fuccillo Kia Classic of New York. In her first year playing the Symetra, Madsen closed with a 66 to finish at 8-under 205, one stroke ahead of runners-up Kim Welch and Daniela Iacobelli. It was Nanna's sixth start so far on the Symetra Tour, and she's yet to finish lower than 15th. Her previous win came at the Symetra Classic in late April. Madsen, age 22, has won as a pro before, however. Her rookie season on the Ladies European Tour was 2015, and in 2016 she won the LET's Tipsport Golf Masters tournament.

Watch Michelle Wie Swing Left-Handed

How good - or bad - is Michelle Wie's left-handed golf swing? You can judge for yourself with this clip, but taking into account she's swinging in chunky heels and cut-off jean shorts .... And here's a couple other Wiezy scenes we don't normally see. First, via a Spapchat filter, here's goth Wie: And here is Michelle sporting a nose ring:

Linda Henriksson Claims Victory on LETAS

Finland isn't a country typically associated with great golf. But there are a slew of young, female Finnish golfers, both on pro tours and at American colleges, who are starting to change that. One of them is Linda Henriksson, who just claimed her first victory on the LET Access Series, the feeder circuit to the Ladies European Tour. Linda won the 2017 VP Bank Ladies Open in Switzerland, a tournament that concluded on May 6. There was an odd ending to regulation play. The final round was played in very blustery conditions, very tough on scoring: Not a single player broke par in the final round. Henriksson's even-par 72 was tied for low round of the day, and she finished at 4-under 212. That was a total she thought would be good enough to win and, indeed, Henriksson appeared to have a 1-stroke victory. But it turned out the scoreboard operators had made a mistake: Nina Pegova, of Russia, was actually one stroke better than her score appeared on the scoreboard. Pegova also …

Ha-Neul Kim Wins in Japan

Ha-Neul Kim is a winner again on Japan's LPGA circuit. Kim claimed the title at the 2017 JLPGA CyberAgent Ladies Golf Tournament at Grand Fields Country Club in Shizuoka, Japan, a tournament that concluded on April 30. It was sweet revenge for Ha-Neul, who barely missed the trophy in this event a year ago. At the 2016 tournament, Ha-Neul got into a playoff, only to lose when a putt lipped out. No such problem this year, although once again Kim needed a playoff to claim the victory. On the first extra hole, Kim knocked it close to the hole on her approach, then sank the birdie putt for the win. This was Kim's first victory of 2017, but her fourth career win on the JLPGA. She's been playing the JLPGA full-time since 2015. Prior to that, Ha-Neul was an 8-time winner in her native Korea on the KLPGA, including the 2011 Hite Jinro Championship, one of the KLPGA's majors. One of her wins in Japan - the 2016 Japan LPGA Tour Championship Ricoh Cup - is a JLPGA major. Ha-N…

Maiden Victory for Klara Spilkova on the LET

Photo credit: Ondřej Pýcha/www.pycha.com Klara Spilkova won the Lalla Meryem Cup in Morocco on Sunday, claiming her first title on the Ladies European Tour. Klara did it with a bogey-free final round of 66, that included six birdies - the last two on the 13th and 14th holes. She parred out from there, including sinking a testy par putt on the final hole. Suzann Pettersen had a chance to catch Spilkova and force a playoff by birdying the last hole, but didn't. Pettersen finished in second place, one stroke behind Spilkova's winning total of 280 (8-under par). Spilkova is 22 years old and from the Czech Republic. As you can probably tell from the photos, she also does some modeling. Prior to the Lalla Meryem Cup, Klara had 92 career starts on the LET. She turned pro in 2010, when she was only 17 years old. In her 92 prior starts on the LET, Klara had 11 career Top 10 finishes, and her 66 in the final round in Morocco matches her career low on the LET. Photo credit: Ondřej…

Lilia Vu Wins 3rd In a Row for UCLA

UCLA sophomore Lilia Vu is one hot golfer. How hot? Three-wins-in-a-row hot. Vu won the Silverado Showdown in Napa, Calif., a tournament played April 9-11, sharing first place (there was no playoff) with Hannah Kim of Northwestern. Her final round 71 included a birdie on the 15th hole and then a birdie on the final hole to grab co-medalist honors. It's the third consecutive NCAA tournament win for Lilia, whose second-round 63 set a new school 18-hole scoring record. And Vu is just the second UCLA women's golfer ever to win three tournaments in a row (the first was Charlotte Mayorkas). Vu's previous two victories this season were in the Spring Break Classic in Hawaii and UCLA's own Bruin Wave Invitational. Lilia, from California, is currently ranked 18th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, but this latest win will surely move her up a few notches. The same is true of Golfweek's college rankings, where Vu is currently sits eighth.