Danielle Kang Wins Car With Hole-In-One

It was a pretty good birthday this year for Danielle Kang, who turned 22 just a few days ago. But because of her travel schedule - flying into China for this week's Blue Bay LPGA - her birthday stretched and stretched and stretched.

“It was the longest birthday of my life actually," Danielle said. "We went on the plane and it was like a charter plane, so everybody is like 'happy birthday' on the plane. Then I went to sleep and then I woke up. And it was still my birthday. We drove in a car, got to the hotel and then I went to sleep and it was still my birthday and I woke up and I had a full day of birthday.”

But the biggest present for Danielle was still to come. It arrived on Thursday in the first round of the Blue Bay LPGA, a brand new event on the tour's schedule, played on Hainan Island, China.

On the 17th hole, Kang holed out with an 8-iron on the 155-yard par-3. And that was the hole-in-one prize hole. The prize? A Buick LaCrosse luxury midsize sedan, MSRP starting at $33,535.

Happy birthday, indeed!

"I was pretty pumped,” Kang told LPGA.com. “My caddie had to tell me to calm down."

The ace was part of a first-round 68 that left her two strokes off the lead.

Kang, it seems to me, is a player on the verge of a breakout on the LPGA Tour. She won back-to-back U.S. Women's Amateur Championships in 2010 and 2011, then turned pro at age 19.

As a rookie in 2012, she had a best finish of a tie for third, and in 2013 a best finish of a tie for fifth. With no LPGA wins yet, Danielle is flying a bit under the radar. But she's been nothing but solid throughout her brief pro career. She was 52nd on the money list as a rookie and 57th in 2013.

So far in 2014, Danielle has already tied her career high in cuts made (17), and is, again in the 50s on the money list. Her best finish so far is fifth place at the Canadian Open.

Want One of Morgan Pressel's Signed Golf Bags? One Week Left

Morgan Pressel is giving away two of her own stand bags this month, both autographed, and if you want one it's very easy to throw your name into the hat.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As I'm sure you know, the fight against breast cancer is a very personal one for Morgan, who lost her mother to the disease at a young age. So Morgan has always used her celebrity to help raise awareness (and money). Her Morgan Pressel Foundation has raised around $2 million over the past several years, including around $600,000 this year alone. What does it do with money? Things that have very tangible benefits for women (and men): "Last year, with the monies raised, we were able to purchase the Kathryn Krickstein Pressel Mammovan in association with the Boca Raton Regional Hospital, which travels around the area providing easy access for a yearly mammogram."

That's good stuff! But back to the golf bags: you want to know how to enter the contest, right? It's simple: Visit the Morgan Pressel Foundation Facebook page and like it. Step 2: Go to this post on the page, which explains the contest, and leave a comment explaining "how you will help raise awareness for breast cancer this month." That's it! Do those two things and you'll be entered.

You must like the page and leave your comment by 11:59 p.m. on October 31, 2014 - that's the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the deadline for entering the contest. Oh, and while you're there, share the post explaining the contest - Morgan is donating a dollar for every share.

Want to make a donation of your own? You don't have to in order to be entered in the contest, but if you want to further support the Morgan Pressel Foundation you can mail a donation to:

Morgan Pressel Foundation
P.O. Box 480157
Delray Beach, FL 33448

Any questions about the contest or donations? The foundation's email address is available on its Facebook About page.

LPGA Stars on Hainan Island

There's a brand new tournament taking place this week on the LPGA Tour, the Blue Bay LPGA on Hainan Island, China. And some of the LPGA players there shares photos on Instagram and/or Twitter of their pro-am party attire or poolside cool:

Here are the newly blue-haired Jessica Korda and Jodi Ewart:

Lexi Thompson relaxing poolside:

The tour's three musketeers, Mina Harigae, Lizette Salas and Danielle Kang (you'll always find them together):

Sandra Gal by the pool:

And Michelle Wie:

Life Coach Carly Booth?

Ladies European Tour star Carly Booth shared some very simple yet very powerful advice on social media today. Here it is:

And the accompanying photo?

If you follow Carly - and you should - one thing becomes perfectly clear about her: She's a very happy young woman, leading the life she wants to live. You could certainly do a lot worse than to have Carly as your life coach.

More Carly Booth pics

Sharmila Nicollet Featured in Courtyard by Marriott Campaign

Courtyard by Marriott recently ran a promotion called the "Elevator Pitch," a campaign around its Young Entrepreneur Challenge. And Indian golfer Sharmila Nicollet was a big part of the campaign in Marriott International Asia Pacific territory. Watch the video:

Entries for the contest are closed, so don't get any last-minute ideas for submissions. The last minute is already past. The contest was described this way by Marriott International Asia Pacific: "Courtyard by Marriott is looking for the next generation of entrepreneurs with big dreams and big ideas. We are calling for entries for those with a great business idea - be it an innovation, a product or a service. If you think you have what it takes, submit your idea before 28th September 2014 for chance to win 1 million rupees."

A microsite about the contest on the India Times website explains that more than 1,000 submissions were received. Those are currently being whittled down to five finalists, and finally, one winner will be selected.

The microsite prominently displays Nicollet's role in promoting the Young Entrepreneur Challenge, and says she is "currently the only Indian on the Ladies European Tour. Her sharp skills, bold personality and savvy style have helped her stay ahead of the game."

"Bold personality" certainly suits Sharmila, as Golf Babes' Twitter followers would know. We've often retweeted her over the years. If you follow her (@MissNicollet) you'll frequently laugh and sometimes scratch your head, but never be bored.

Ellie Goodall

(Photo: instagram.com/elliegoodall)

Unless you happen to be English, like she is, Ellie Goodall is probably a new name to you. But the first round of the LET Access Series' WPGA International Challenge just ended, as I write this, and Goodall - a 19-year-old amateur - shares the first-round lead.

We don't know where Ellie will wind up in that tournament, of course, be we do know what she's done so far in her very young career. She was the English Northern Girls Champion in 2011 and 2012, and the Northern Ladies champion in 2013. (The Girls championship is a junior tournament, the Ladies championship an adult one.) She was also the Yorkshire Girls champion in 2013.

In a couple big amateur events so far in 2014, Goulding was 10th in the Scottish Ladies Open Championship in April, and 18th in the English Women's Open Amateur Stroke Play in August.