Phoebe Yao at the International Crown

The LPGA's brand new tournament, The International Crown, is teeing off soon as this is written. It's a cool concept, and it's great to see the LPGA experimenting with different formats. The International Crown has a field of eight, 4-person teams, each team representing a country. In fact, each team consists of the four highest-ranked players for each country in the world rankings.

Almost all the golfers in the field are well-known, but not all of them. One of the lesser-known - at least to Western audiences - is Phoebe Yao of Taiwan.

Yao (whose given name is "Hsuan-Yu," but who goes by Phoebe - maybe she grew up watching Friends?) comes into the International Crown ranked No. 105 in the most recent Rolex Rankings. And she's an accomplished player who's won on the Japan LPGA, probably the third-best women's tour in the world (behind the LPGA and Korean LPGA tours).

In April, Yao won the JLPGA's Fujisankei Ladies Classic at the age of 21 and by five strokes. That victory moved her into the JLPGA's Top 10 on the money list, although she's since fallen back. Yao has also won the Taiwan LPGA.

Looking Back (and Forward) with Ani Gulugian

It's time for Ani Gulugian to leave the college life and go pro. And that's what she's doing: Above is one the graduation photos she took on the campus of UCLA, where she's spent the past four years as one of the main cogs on one of the nation's top college golf teams.

We'll next see Ani playing in LPGA Q-School's first stage qualifier in August. That tournament takes place Aug. 26-29 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Gulugian came to UCLA after a stellar junior golf career that culminated with a spot on Team USA in the 2009 Junior Solheim Cup. That same year she played her way into the U.S. Women's Open.

And you can't start your college career much better than Ani did: As a freshman, she was part of UCLA's national championship team. Over her career at UCLA, Gulugian twice earned honorable mention All-America notices and posted multiple Top 10 finishes.

Now, Ani is "looking forward to what's to come" she told Golf Babes. "All of these memories have been a lot of fun and great learning experiences!"

Follow her on Twitter at @AniGulu21.

Holly Sonders Leaves Golf Channel for Fox Sports

(Photo: @holly_sonders/Twitter)

Congratulations to Holly Sonders on her big career move. She's leaving the Golf Channel after several high-profile years to join the new golf team at Fox Sports. Fox, remember, is taking over what had been NBC's USGA tournament coverage.

Sonders was a very popular face at the Golf Channel, and the channel put her on the air a lot: She was cohost of Morning Drive and School of Golf and was also seen frequently on Playing Lessons, among other places.

Holly is the third member of the new Fox Sports golf team named so far; the other two are host Joe Buck and analyst Greg Norman. Sonders might be working with Buck in another capacity, too: She'll also appear as a sideline reporter in the network's NFL coverage.

Win McMurry Goes to the ESPYs

Golf broadcaster Win McMurry spent an evening at the 2014 ESPY Awards, and shared some photos on Instagram. Here she is getting glammed up beforehand:

And here she is with Momma McMurry:

And here she is on the red carpet, "borrowing Breanna Stewart's Best Female College Athlete trophy":

(Photos @winmcmurry/Instagram)

Mo Better? Mo Martin

Fantastic showing by Mo Martin at the 2014 Women's British Open: A win - her first victory on the LPGA Tour.

Martin entered the week leading the LPGA Tour in driving accuracy. Turns out, that's a great strength to have in your game if you're hearing to a links course whose heather rough has grown tall and thick! And that's what the players faced at Royal Birkdale. Very tough conditions throughout the week.

But Martin, keeping her ball in those fairways, shot 69-69 in the first two rounds. A third-round 77 knocked her back a bit, but in the final round the thick, penal rough had company with strong winds and that combo caused scores to skyrocket. Martin's final-round 72 was one of the best of the day, and she won by one stroke.

Martin was 53rd on the LPGA money list entering the WBO, and 99th in the world rankings. She turned pro in 2006 after a successful collegiate career at UCLA. Mo played the Futures Tour through the 2011 season, and won three times. She made it onto the LPGA through the Futures Tour money list.

In 2012, Martin finished 63rd on the LPGA money list and in 2013 she was 46th. So while a first-time winner is always a bit of a surprise at a major, her WBO victory didn't come out of nowhere: Martin has been on an upward climb, and had the game perfectly suited for this week's Royal Birkdale.

(Photos via momartingolf.com)

Florentyna Parker

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We're not sure how good Florentyna Parker is at ping pong. But she's pretty good at golf!

Parker is your winner at the 2014 Italian Ladies Open on the LET. She shot 68 in the final round and edge Holly Clyburn by one shot.

Parker's best finish prior to Italy on the 2014 LET schedule was a tie for 20th. Her rookie season on the LET was 2009, and Flory has been a consistent performer ever since. She had two Top 10s as a rookie and earned her first LET victory in 2010 at the ABN AMRO Ladies Open. She finished 11th on the money list that season, and was 28th in 2011, 15th in 2012 and 35th last season. No doubt Parker will be improving on 35th in 2014.