Savannah Vilaubi Wins the Texas Women's Open

Savannah Vilaubi is a winner again. It was only about nine months ago that she got her first win as a professional, and she's been a professional now for only a little more than a year.

On Saturday, at a very hot Rolling Hills Country Club in Arlington, Texas, Vilaubi fired a 69 in the final round to win the 2016 Texas Women's Open. That's one of the bigger tournaments on the state open circuit, with one of the biggest fields (141 golfer started the first round). In other words, it's a big win in the career of a golfer who is working up the ladder toward the ultimate goal of the LPGA Tour.

But her win here gets Savannah into at least one LPGA tournament. The victory carries with it an exemption into the 2017 LPGA Volunteers of America Texas Shootout.

Vilaubi was seven strokes off the lead following a 73 in Round 1. A 71 in the second round moved her to within two strokes of the lead. And Savannah's 69 in the final round came despite a bogey on the final hole. But birdies on the 16th and 17th had given her a cushion going to the last. She finished at even-par 213, two strokes ahead of the runners-up (Kyung Kim and amateur Megan Thothong).

Check out a previous post we wrote about Savannah for more background on her, including her NCAA career.

Best LPGA Finish Yet for Cheyenne Woods

Cheyenne Woods wrapped up her best finish yet on the LPGA Tour on Sunday at the Cambia Portland Classic: A tie for sixth place that represents her best payday yet and her first career Top 10 finish in an LPGA event.

I have complete confidence predicting that we'll be seeing Cheyenne on more leaderboards after this. Sure, her famous name opens doors for her, but Cheyenne is where she is because her works her you-know-what off to get there. And, as I've written before, her history as a golfer is to do well enough to move up a level, then spend some time acclimating to that new level before breaking out to a new standard of achievement.

Her first LPGA Top 10 is just the latest example of that. Woods earned her LPGA Tour card out of Q-School in late 2014, and 2015 was her rookie season. Between the start of the 2015 season and the 2016 Portland Classic, Woods had made 43 LPGA starts without a Top 10. Her previous best finish was a tie for 24th at the 2015 Founders Cup.

Cheyenne finished 2015 at 125th on the LPGA money list with earnings of $32,713. She made nearly $4,000 more than that just at last week's Portland Classic. After her tie for sixth last week, she's now 101st on the money list.

And let's not forget that Cheyenne is already a winner as a professional golfer: She won the 2014 Volvik RACV Ladies Masters in Australia, a tournament on the Ladies European Tour (and cosponsored by the ALPG).

A note about Woods' Instagram message above - she mentions qualifying for the Women's British Open. That's because the first two rounds of the Portland Classic served as a 36-hole qualifier for the WBO. Woods was high enough in the standings after two rounds to earn a spot in the WBO field.

Instagramming With ... Hannah Gregg

Hannah Gregg is currently a college golfer at the University of Nevada. She'll be a senior when the next NCAA golf season comes around in the fall. Something else about her caught our eye recently, though.

Hannah has a blog called Little Bug, Big Goals, and she recently wrote a post headlined "10 Reasons You Should Date a Golfer."

Because it's hard not to hit it well when you've got AC/DC blasting πŸŽΆπŸ’£ #backinpink?

A video posted by Hannah Gregg (@hannnahbg) on

No. 1 on our own such list would be, "because some of them look like Hannah Gregg." But you really should check out Hannah's Top 10 reasons for dating a golfer - it's fun and, dare we say it, informative. About both Hannah and the golf world.

Hannah's list includes explanations and commentary, memes and gifs, but here are her 10 reasons:

1. We enjoy a challenge
2. We have laser focus
3. We can multi-task
4. We’re great listeners
5. We are good at noticing the little things
6. We dress well
7. We always come prepared
8. We’re resourceful and calm under pressure
9. We’re persistent
10. We are more than willing to bring you out to the course

But seriously, go check out Hannah's blog.

A video posted by Hannah Gregg (@hannnahbg) on

As for Gregg's golf, she recently finished second (losing in a playoff) at the West Coast Women's Amateur in Seaside, Calif.

Hannah began her college career at Division II Sonoma State, where she had five Top 10 finishes in two years of competition. Then she transferred to Division I Nevada and played her junior year there. As noted, her senior season is coming up.

Gregg is a representative to Nevada's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She caddies at Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento when not at school. And after school? Hannah has her eye on a career in sports media.

You can follow Hannah Gregg on Twitter (@Banana_Gregg) or Instagram (@hannnahbg) or on her Facebook page.

Jennifer Hahn

Jennifer Hahn is the latest young pro golfer to get her first win after turning professional on the Cactus Tour. Hahn's maiden pro win happened on June 10 at the Tour's Event No. 17 at Stallion Mountain in Las Vegas.

Hahn, who turned pro earlier this year after playing NCAA golf at Vanderbilt, shot rounds of 71-72-70 to finish at 3-under 213. That was good for a one-stroke win over runner-up Chirapat Jao-Jivanil. A front-nine 33 (that included an eagle on the second hole) in the final round propelled Hahn to the victory.

It had to be a particularly sweet victory for Hahn - even more than for "just" getting No. 1 - because it was a hometown victory. Hahn is from Las Vegas and played at Green Valley High School there.

Hahn posted three Top 10 finishes in her recently completed senior season at Vanderbilt. Her career highlights before this included winning the individual championship at the 2014 NCAA East Regional (leading Vanderbilt to the team championship), becoming at that time only the second Vandy female golfer to win an NCAA tournament. She also was co-medalist at the 2015 U.S. Women's Amateur.

(Photo via twitter.com/Jennisis11)

Videos: Behind the Scenes at Golf.com Most Beautiful Women in Golf 2016 Photoshoots

Golf.com, the website of Golf Magazine, puts together a dozen or so photo galleries every year for its "Most Beautiful Women in Golf" feature. And they also shoot short, behind-the-scenes videos from those photoshoots. And that's what we present here: the videos. Watch and enjoy.

Alison Lee

Lexi Thompson

Anna Cladakis

Holly Sonders

Sadena Parks

Blair O'Neal

Bailey Mosier

Kelly Rohrbach

Katherine Roberts

Paige Spiranac Gets Her First Win as a Pro

Paige Spiranac won for the first time as a professional golfer today on the Cactus Tour.

It was Cactus Tour Event No. 16, played at Orange Tree Golf Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. Spiranac finished at 3-under 213 after closing with a 68, which was the second-best score posted (by anyone) during the event.

That 213 total tied Spiranac with amateur phenom Hannah O'Sullivan (who shot 72 in the final round). O'Sullivan won on the Symetra Tour at age 16 and is a Curtis Cupper. She might only be 18 years old, but she's already a "name" player in the game.

O'Sullivan and Spiranac advanced into a playoff, and Paige won it on the first extra hole.

Spiranac has taken a lot of grief from a lot of quarters because of the way she first gained attention: as a social media star. And, in my humble opinion, almost all of that grief was unwarranted. Hey, if you want to be mad that Golf Digest puts a sexily dressed Spiranac on its cover, go right ahead. But be mad at Golf Digest, not Paige: No golfer - not a single one - would have turned down an opportunity to be a GD cover girl. All Spiranac is doing in cases like this is taking advantage of opportunities presented to her - just as any other golfer in the game would do.

Paige made light of some of the (wholly unwarranted) controversy around her by tweeting after the victory:

Yes, she can break 80. She can even win tournaments.

How good she can be as a golfer is up in the air. Most people who try to make a living at professional golf ultimately fail, after all. Three things you can be sure of: Spiranac has talent, takes it seriously and works hard at her game.

Her friend Tisha Abrea finished third in the Cactus Tour tournament and tweeted this congratulatory note, including a photo of Paige with her trophy:

A few of the Instagram clips that helped make Paige famous:

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