Jessica Korda Wins in Malaysia

When you're trying to get back on the victory sheet after a period of sub-par play, weekend rounds of 65-65 really help. That's what Jessica Korda shot in the third and fourth rounds of the 2015 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. In fact, the back-to-back 65s were the best rounds Korda has shot this year.

And Jessica finished at 18-under, the second-best winning score in event history. She won by four shots over the formidable runner-up trio of Lydia Ko, Shanshan Feng and Stacy Lewis.

Was this victory unexpected? In one way, no: Korda is, after all, one of the bright young stars of the LPGA with three previous victories under her belt. And she finished second in the tour's season-opener. But she had missed 8 of 12 cuts going into Malaysia, was left off the American Solheim Cup team, and had no Top 10s since that season-opener.

Hopefully, this mean that Jessica is gone, and the Korda we know - the one who regularly contends and occasionally wins - is back with us.

Olivia Cowan Wins LETAS' 2015 Order of Merit

Olivia Cowan may be dressed for the cold in the photo above, but she was on fire for much of 2015. And on Sunday she capped it off by winning the Order of Merit on the LET Access Series, which means Olivia has membership on the Ladies European Tour in 2016.

Olivia tied an LETAS record with three wins this season, two of which she recorded while still an amateur. (Her amateur victories this year include the Portuguese International Ladies Amateur Championship and the Spanish Ladies' Amateur Championship.)

After turning pro, Cowan won again, at the Norrporten Ladies Open.

Cowan went into the season-ending WPGA International Challenge leading the OOM, and already guaranteed her LET card for next year. But it's always more fun to win your way onto the big tour rather than "only" qualify. (Although "only" qualifying is pretty darn good, too!)

Cowan, from Germany, will be 20 years old when her rookie year on the LET begins next season. And she's definitely one to watch.

Meredith Kirk Makes GD's Top Teachers List

Congratulations to golf instructor (and beauty queen) Meredith Kirk, who is included in the 2015 rankings by Golf Digest of the country's top teaching professionals. Meredith made it into the state-by-best "best of" list for South Carolina:

The new top teachers ranking is included in the November issue of the magazine. As you may be able to see in the image above, Meredith is based at Blackmoor Golf Club in Murrells Inlet, S.C. Want to sign up for lessons? You can book online at Meredith's website.

It's no surprise that Kirk made the list: She was on last year's Best Young Teachers in America ranking.

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1st Pro Win for Erynne Lee

Erynne Lee is barely a pro, but she's already a pro winner.

Erynne - a k a "Ernie" - graduated from UCLA just a few months ago. On Wednesday in Arizona, she earned her first victory as a professional golfer, winning Cactus Tour Event No. 25 at Las Colinas. Lee did it in style, too, shooting a final-round 66. The 66 included seven birdies. Lee opened with birdies on four of her first five holes, then closed it out with birdies on her final two holes. She also birdied four of the five par-5 holes in the round.

That 66 got Erynne in at 14-under 202, good for a three-shot victory. You can view the final scores here.

Erynne is originally from Washington. You might remember that she was the very first significant casualty of the new groove rules introduced a few years back when she was DQ'd from a U.S. Women's Open qualifier - after winning it - at age 16 back in 2010. Oops! Mistakes happen. It's how you bounce back from them that matters.

That was far from the biggest obstacle Lee has dealt with in recent years. In her freshman year at UCLA, Erynne lost her mother. She told the Daily Bruin this year:

My life took a pause while the rest of the world continued. Like a robot but emotionally distraught, I would wake up, go to class, practice, study and lock myself in my dorm room. I sank into a mire of a pathetic routine. It took me a while to get back on my feet, both emotionally and mentally, in school and out on the golf course.

Through the relentless encouragement and perseverance of my support group and my 'just keep swimming' attitude, I started living in the present, appreciating the little things that we so often take for granted and eventually enjoying my time at UCLA.

Despite that tragedy, Erynne pulled herself together and managed to have a terrific freshman year on the UCLA golf team. She recorded her first NCAA victory and posted six Top 10 finishes. More of the same followed: one win and seven Top 10s as a sophomore; one win and eight Top 10s as a junior. And in her recently completed senior season, another win plus six Top 10s.

Along the way Erynne played her way into the 2008 and 2011 U.S. Women's Opens, and was a member of Team USA at the 2014 Curtis Cup.

Paige Spiranac Begins Pro Career With 68

Here's the tweet that trick-shot artist and Internet sensation Paige Spiranac sent out today:

Great start for Paige and hopefully puts to rest the thought (in some quarters, certainly not at Golf Babes) that Paige's talents were mainly marketing and not golf. Yes, she's great at the former as her tens of thousands of social media fans know. But she's also a talented golfer, as her multiple Top 10 college finishes at San Diego State University showed.

Perhaps that's what she had in mind a couple weeks ago when she tweeted this:

As for the tournament Spiranac played today: It's an event on the Cactus Tour, you can keep up with scores here.

And yes, it's the first pro tour event Paige has played as a professional golfer. She opened with six straight pars before birdying the 7th. She added birdies on 12, 14 and 15 and finished at 4-under 68, without a single bogey.

She had to be feeling some pressure at the beginning of the start. By any measure a bogey-free 68 is a great first pro round; for Paige, even moreso. Here's hoping she keeps it up.

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Hally Leadbetter

Hally Leadbetter comes from a great golf family. Her mother won the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship the first two years it was played. She was known as Kelly Fuiks back then. And Hally's father ... um ... I forget who her father is.

So when Hally decided to pursue tournament golf - to play in front of crowds and media - you have to think her name created a little extra pressure for her. Plenty of advantages, too, of course - travel opportunities, chances to meet people, relationships and friendships established. Maybe a few free pointers. But when you're the daughter of one of the most famous golf instructors who's ever lived - oh, right, that's who her father is - it helps if you're good at golf, too.

And Hally is very good at golf. Although it didn't start out that way. According to an article in Golfweek, when Hally decided to give golf a try in middle school, she shot 136 in her first 18-hole round.

Hally played golf in high school at the IMG David Leadbetter Academy and got good enough fast enough to earn a scholarship to the University of Arkansas.

She redshirted as a sophomore, then transferred to Rollins College, where she is now a senior in golf eligibility. In her two years at Rollins she's been named second team All-America both years.

"Rollins is the No. 1 D2 (NCAA Division II) team in the country," Hally said. "We finished second at the National Championships last year. My biggest goal for us this year is to finish first."

Rollins may be D2, but it has a big advantage for Leadbetter: A Florida school, it's very close to home. Besides, it's one of the best women's golf programs regardless of division. (USA Today recently ranked Rollins No. 11 overall.)

Hally, 22, is active on campus, too. A major in Communication Studies, she cohosts a show on the school's radio station, WPRK. And she's on the executive board for the school's Student Athletic Advisory Committee.

Hally is big on social media (Instagram: hallyleadbetter; Twitter: @hallyleadbetter) and if she makes you smile, well, mission accomplished.

"My biggest passion is to make people smile and laugh," Hally said. "I'm a pretty silly person."

But serious about golf. In the 2013-14 season, Leadbetter posted two Top 10s including her first college victory at the Lady Bucs Invitational.

In the 2014-15 season, Hally had four Top 10s. That included a pair of fourth-place finishes, plus runner-up at the Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational, hosted by Rollins.

And she teed off her 2015-16 season with her second college win at the Ross Resorts Invitational a couple weeks ago.

Oh, her biggest win yet happened at 2013 Women's Southern Amateur, one of the top amateur tournaments in the United States.

What happens when her senior year is over? Hally plans to turn pro and play golf in Europe.

Ultimately, she wants to put that Communications degree to work: "I would love to combine my passion for golf, knowledge of the game, and humor into a career in broadcast journalism for golf. My ultimate goal is to become an analyst on Golf Channel, ESPN or Sky Sport."

(Photos courtesy of Hally Leadbetter; above, with Michelle Wie; middle, with Annabel Rolley.)