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:

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 Tour. Muni earned her card for that tour at the final stage of LPGA Q-School. It was after securing a spot on the Symetra Tour that He decided to leave NCAA golf and go pro.

(Photos via instagram/@lilymhe)

Given her glamorous social media presence, Muni shouldn't have any trouble landing multiple sponsor exemptions to play in LPGA Tour events in 2018, too, and, if she wants them, LET tournaments or tournaments in Asia.

Muni was born in China, but grew up in San Diego, Calif. She is 20 years old.

More Muni He photos

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 with Golf Channel Academy coach Trent Wearner in high school, ultimately leading to her scholarship at Lewis University. She graduated with a communications degree, was a three-time Academic All-Conference and worked at CBS News Radio as an assistant producer before joining Golf Channel."

But before she was a broadcaster or a college golfer, Alexandra was a model, both in print and on the runway. She's still a model today, represented by a big-time agency, and she's been seen in campaigns that have appeared, for example, in GQ magazine and on Times Square billboards.

Here are some more photos of Alexandra, in slideshow format via YouTube (it also includes a few swings):