Emma Talley Wins NCAA Championship

Emma Talley of the University of Alabama is the 2015 individual champion at the NCAA Women's Championship tournament. It's not the first huge trophy she's won. Here's a photo of her holding the U.S. Women's Amateur trophy she claimed in 2013:

Talley, a Kentucky native, shot 69 in the final round, finishing at 3-under 285 (only three golfers finished under par). That was one shot better than the runners-up, Gaby Lopez of Arkansas and Leona Maguire of Duke.

At the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, Talley beat Cindy Feng in the championship match by a 2-and-1 score.

Emma was a member of the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team in 2008 and the Curtis Cup team in 2014. Talley was undefeated (3-0-1) last year in the Curtis Cup.

Also in 2014, Emma played in four of the five LPGA majors (all but the Evian), making the cut in two of them. She tied for 17th place in the Women's British Open. She previously made the cut in the 2012 U.S. Women's Open.

Emma is 21 years old and wrapping up her junior year at the University of Alabama. Her first college win came at the 2013 PING/ASU Invitational, and she recorded eight Top 10 finishes in her first two seasons. In the 2014-15 season, she added four more Top 10s.

With her victory in the 2015 nationals, Emma becomes just the fifth woman to win both a U.S. Amateur and an NCAA championship.

Shannon Elizabeth Star of New Golf Movie, 'Swing Away'

There's a new golf movie called Swing Away currently filming in Greece, one the LPGA Tour itself has taken a role in supporting and promoting. And the star of it is Shannon Elizabeth. Shannon is probably best-known for the American Pie movies (personally, we loved her as the baby mama of That 70s Show idiot Kelso).

How good of a golfer is Shannon? We know from her social media accounts that she's been working very hard on her game, although we haven't seen any of her swings in a couple months. Back in March she shared this short video clip:

Swing away.....

A video posted by SHANNON ELIZABETH - OFFICIAL (@shannonelizabeth) on

We love that look of delight on Shannon's face after her instructor compliments the progress she is making. That look is one we all know well, at least all golfers who've ever tried to master a new shot or get better at a part of the game - and finally did what they were trying to do.

In that clip, Shannon doesn't look like a low-handicapper, but given how hard she's been working for the movie (not just on her golf swing, but also learning to speak some Greek), we bet she's much-improved by now.

Regardless, the Swing Away movie definitely is not Elizabeth's introduction to golf. The photo at the top of the page was taken at a golf event back in 2005. The following image shows Shannon playing in the Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation's Fifth Annual All-American Golf Classic To Benefit The Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation that same year:

So what about this movie, Swing Away? A press release posted on LPGA.com call the movie a "sports comedy with heart and romance" and "an engaging, heartwarmingly inspirational coming-of-age movie." The release says:

Swing Away tells the story of Zoe Papadopoulos, (played by Shannon Elizabeth, from American Pie fame) an LPGA golfer who retreats to her homeland in order to escape the media spotlight following an incident of bad behavior during a tournament event, one that results in her temporary suspension from the tour. She reconnects with her Greek roots and discovers a much larger story involving the townspeople, whose unfailing optimism and resilient spirit inspire her to find greatness in the face of insurmountable odds.

Another in the cast is John O'Hurley, along with Greek actors Manos Gavras, Renos Haralambidis, Alexandros Mylonas, Olga Damani, and Christos Sougaris. Plus "young actress Viktoria Miller stars as Stella - a promising young golf prodigy whose game Zoe helps develop, and vice versa."

The movie's golf scenes will be shot during this year's ShopRite LPGA Classic, taking place this week.

If you want to keep up to date with the progress of Swing Away, follow @swingawaymovie; you can also follow Shannon at @ShannonElizab.

Anna Rawson Gets Her MBA

Congratulations to former LPGA Tour golfer Anna Rawson: As of this past Sunday, she is the holder of a Masters degree in Business Administration from a very prestigious school:

Anna is some kind of modern Renaissance woman: golf career, modeling career, and now she can embark on a business career. In 2014, Toronto's Globe and Mail newspaper had an article about Rawson's pursuit of her business Masters and wrote: "She sees herself combining her past life with her keen interest in business, and feels Columbia will help her do that."

The article explains that Anna's interest in an MBA was spurred by all the corporate CEOs she met during golf tournament pro-ams, and suggests she might put her MBA to use with a business focused on golf clothing:

Ms. Rawson admits that students who are concentrating in finance have a hard time believing the kinds of people – from portfolio managers to CEOs – with whom she’s played golf. “They’re shocked at the access that I got.”

That access allowed her to pick the brains of some of the most successful people in U.S. business, helping her in and out of the classroom. Ms. Rawson says that she is going to try to embark down an entrepreneurship path in the clothing industry, particularly active wear.

Of course, Anna still models and still plays golf, and sometimes combines the two as in photoshoots for the golf magazines, or video series. Who knows, maybe someday we'll see Anna Rawson running one of the big golf companies.

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Melissa Reid Returns to the Winner's Circle

A huge "congrats!" goes out today to Melissa Reid, winner of the 2015 Turkish Airlines Ladies Open on the Ladies European Tour. And not just from Golf Babes, but from so many of her peers, both on the LET and on women's tours around the world. You only have to check Twitter to find messages of congratulations from so many of her fellow golfers.

Melissa was one of the up-and-comers in European golf when she won on the LET in 2010 and twice in 2011. She played in the Solheim Cup in 2011.

But her last victory - before today - was in 2012. And that win, at the Raiffeisenbank Prague Golf Masters in the Czech Republic, was an incredibly emotional one. It came just one month after the death of Reid's mother in an automobile accident during the Ladies German Open.

That crushing loss was, as you can imagine, difficult to deal with. She also suffered an injury in the last tournament of 2012. The time since then wasn't without glimpses of her former form - she had two Top 10s in both 2013 and 2014 - but her play suffered.

But the signs Reid was close to making it all the way back to her former form were there already in 2015. Her finishes before Turkey were 12th, 21st, 14th and second.

And now she's a winner again. Great to see her back where she belongs.

Checking In With Tisha Alyn Abrea

It's the time of year when college seniors everywhere are taking their final college photos and contemplating the future. That's true for college golfers, too, especially those with options both inside and outside of golf.

So when Tisha Alyn Abrea - a college golfer with options - posted the photo above, I decided to check in with her. As we told you when we wrote about Tisha previously, she's a broadcast journalism major at Cal State Fullerton who already has some significant on-the-job training: she's been getting airtime on a regional network in Southern California that programs for the Filipino-American community.

She's also an NCAA winner: Tisha had a terrific Fall season late in 2014, including victory at the Rose City Collegiate. So what are her plans? Will she focus on golf or on broadcasting as she leaves the college life?

"I plan on going professional," Abrea told Golf Babes. "I plan on going to Q-School this summer if I feel like I'm ready. I'll do the broadcasting thing after my golf career unless a golf broadcasting opportunity comes my way."

Unfortunately, Tisha's Spring season didn't build on the success of her Fall season after she suffered an injury.

"I ended really rough due to an injury at my conference championship. So it's been rough even thinking about going professional. But because of my success in the fall I don't want to give up trying. I haven't touched a club since conference, but I intend to hit it hard and get back into it in a week."

Best of luck to Tisha - and all the other graduating college golfers - as she chases the pro dream starting this summer.

If you want to keep up with Tisha's journey, follow her on Twitter: @Tisha_All_in

Minjee Lee Grabs First LPGA Win

Minjee Lee was the cover girl on the April 2015 Issue of Golf Digest Australia - almost perfect timing. Of course, as talented as Minjee is, it was only a matter of time until she grabbed her first win on the LPGA Tour.

Today, the almost-19-year-old Lee did just that, closing out the victory in a Monday finish at the Kingsmill Championship. Lee held a 4-shot lead when darkness forced an end to play on Sunday. She and the other contenders returned Monday morning to finish, Lee having three holes left. She stumbled just a bit on the 16th hole, but ended with two pars and a 2-shot win over So Yeon Ryu.

Minjee is about nine days shy of turning 19. This wins makes her one of the handful of golfers in LPGA history to win before turning 19.