Minju Kim and the 'Golf Bowling' Video

Have you seen the "golf bowling" video that came out of Korea? A Korean LPGA golfer tees up a ball at the end of a bowling lane and then, using her driver, smacks the ball into the pins at the end of the lane. They all fall down — a strike! If you haven't seen it, here it is:

The golfer in the video is Minju Kim, who is a Class A LPGA teaching professional (with some competitive experience) in South Korea. She has at least some prominence in that country because she has a sponsorship deal with the Korean division of Fila Golf, part of the worldwide Fila Sports brand. In fact, it was Fila Golf for whom Minju Kim pulls off this trick shot. As you see near the end of the video, a Fila Golf message comes onscreen, making this video, essentially, an ad for Fila.

We take no position on the question of whether Minju actually pulled off this shot, or whether it might, instead, have been accomplished with good video editing. (Others have tried to look into that question and the best we can say is that nobody has proved it isn't real.)

But we do take a position on Minju Kim: She's definitely a golf babe!

Sharmila Nicollet Back in the Winner's Circle

She had to wait longer than she wanted (or probably expected), but India's Sharmila Nicollet is a winner again. Sharmila claimed the Hero WPGT 18 tour's second-leg tournament in Mumbai, which concluded on Jan. 25, 2018. And she did it by shooting 68 in the final round, tied for low score of the day.

Nicollet did it despite a late stumble - she bogied her final two holes in regulation. That put her finishing, 54-hole total at 214, tied with Neha Tripathi. But Sharmila then won the playoff to claim the title.

It was the first tournament victory for Nicollet since August 2016 at an event also on the Indian women's circuit. Nicollet also has victories on the Ladies Asian Golf Tour and has played several seasons on the Ladies European Tour.

Sharmila told reporters at the Mumbai tournament that her plans for 2018 include playing the LAGT, the LET, plus several coming events in Australia.

Golf Magazine's 2018 'Most Stylish' Videos

In recent years, Golf.com, the website of Golf Magazine, has done annual "Most Beautiful Women in Golf" photo spreads. In 2018, the publication did something different. It switched to the "Most Stylish People In Golf," included both men and women, and did photo spreads in the actual magazine, not just online.

Of course, we're only interested in the "Most Stylish" female golfers. This is Golf Babes, not Golf Dudes.

The five women Golf Magazine included in solo photoshoots were Michelle Wie (named Most Stylish overall), Paula Creamer, Amanda Balionis (a presented on pgatour.com), Lexi Thompson and Paige Spiranac. (Bailey Mosier Chamblee of the Golf Channel was also included as part of what Golf Magazine named the Most Stylish Couple, with husband Brandel Chamblee.)

Along with the magazine photo spreads, the publication put together behind-the-scenes videos from each of those shoots. And that's what we're presenting here. These are the five such videos for the five women featured by Golf Magazine:

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):