So Yeon Ryu Wins No. 9 on KLPGA

The great Korean golfers on the LPGA Tour occasionally head back home to play in a KLPGA tournament. And So Yeon Ryu did just that this week. Did it pay off? You bet! Ryu won the HighOne Resort Ladies Open today by two shots over runner-up Ha-Na Jang, shooting rounds of 71, 67, 69 and 70.

This is the ninth career win on the KLPGA for Ryu, but her first since 2012. Ryu won seven times on the KLPGA from 2008 through 2011, including five times in 2009. But since 2011 So Yeon has made only a few appearances a year on the KLPGA.

That's because she won the 2011 U.S. Women's Open, becoming an LPGA member as a result. And she has three career wins to date on the LPGA.

Ryu went into the week holding the No. 4 spot in the women's world rankings.

Stormi Henley

Stormi Henley is a model, a singer, a beauty queen. But what does she have to do with golf? We'll answer that below (hint: think about her last name). But first ...

She's a singer, and here she is doing a cover of the Beach Boys classic God Only Knows:

And here is Stormi's a capella audition for American Idol 10:

Beauty queen? Stormi Henley was Miss Teen USA 2009. And model? Well ...

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But, hey, even models put their pants on one leg at a time, just like the rest of us. Here she is just after waking up:

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OK, maybe she doesn't put her pants on one leg at a time! She's a superhero. A beauty superhero.

Have you been thinking about her last name? Stormi Bree Henley is the daughter of Kip Henley, the longtime PGA pro, winner of Golf Channel's Big Break II series and PGA Tour caddie.

Stormi has caddied, too: She carried Dad's bag when he played in the 2011 FedEx St. Jude Classic on the PGA Tour. Kip was quoted talking about that in a 2011 Golfweek article:

“Through the years, when I’d play mini-tours and the Hooters Tour, she caddied for me a bunch of times and did a good job,” he said. “She lives in L.A. now, has a modeling career, and is busy, but she said she wanted to do it. It’s going to be even more fun with her there.”

About an hour before Henley’s opening round, Stormi, 20, was spotted sitting on the edge of the practice putting green, legs crossed. Hey, it was 95 degrees Thursday with radiant sunshine.

“It’s exciting that he asked me to do it,” she said. “I never get to see him since I live in L.A., so it’s family time, at least.”

But Stormi is a golfer herself. This is what her swing looked like in 2013, when she posted this Vine:

Her Miss Teen USA bio points out that Stormi traveled extensively as a child, following her father around the golf circuit: "At 9-years-old, she toured the country for 22 straight weeks as her father was competing and has since developed a love of traveling and exploring."

It goes on to call Stormi an "avid golfer" who was the MVP of her high school golf team - Cumberland County High School in Crossville, Tenn. - in 2008-09.

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Jessica Vasilic

Jessica Vasilic is now a very rare breed of college golfer: She's a college golfer who's won a professional tournament before winning an NCAA tournament.

Vasilic was the champ at the Cactus Tour tournament that finished today at Tres Rios in Goodyear, Ariz. (event No. 19 on the Cactus Tour schedule). Vasilic, playing as an amateur, started with rounds of 69 and 72. Then today, in the final round, she shot her best score of the tournament, 68, to win by one shot. She finished at 7-under 209.

As an amateur, she doesn't win any money. Bummer. But Jessica does get to go back to the University of Arizona and brag to the other golfers about winning a pro tournament.

Vasilic will be a junior during the coming college golf season. Originally from Gothenburg, Sweden, Vasilic went to high school in California. She was a 3-time all-conference golfer at Canyon High School in Anaheim Hills, Calif., and a 3-time AJGA All-America selection.

She's also a member of the Swedish national team (including one that won the European Championships) and played for Team Europe in the Junior Solheim Cup in 2013.

At Arizona, Jessica's best finish so far in an NCAA event is a tie for second place at the SunTrust Gator Invitational during her freshman season.

And perhaps you can tell from the photo, but Jessica is tall - 6-foot-3. If she goes on to a pro career, she'll be one the tallest (perhaps the tallest) player in women's golf.

Areum Jung, the 'Miss Korea Golfer'

Areum Jung is many things: a beauty pageant winner, a fitness professional, a golfer, a blogger, a broadcaster, a model. And while she has never played tournament golf professionally, golf has definitely helped Areum in her professions.

Jung competed for the Miss Korea title in 2001 (becoming known as "the Miss Korea golfer") and has recently been featured in photoshoots in the Korean editions of Vogue and Esquire magazines. She has become a star blogger in Korea, and is becoming better known elsewhere through her YouTube channel.

But in-between beauty pageant success in the early 2000-aughts and multimedia success in late 2000-aughts were some tough times as Jung struggled to define herself and find a role to succeed in.

Golf helped her through those times, she told the Korea Times in a 2012 interview:

"You know once you start a round of golf, you must go through 18 holes no matter how poorly you play. I do make terrible mistakes, but so what? I know I can hit a birdie on the next hole. That’s the attitude I learned from golf. That’s why I recommend young people give it a shot."

Jung took up golf as a young girl and even played during her university days in 2000. The Miss Korea pageant came along in 2001, and sent her into a world of beauty and fashion.

Keeping fit to find success in that world launched the project that ultimately led Areum to national notice: In 2009 she started a blog. (It's at http://blog.naver.com/nar_style - mostly in Korean, but you'll enjoy the photos.) She posted twice daily, many of those posts having to do with golf.

But the focus was (and still is) on fitness training. The videos Jung posted showing her own workouts (often filmed in her apartment in those early days) made the blog popular with others struggling with body issues, and she eventually launched a YouTube channel that now has more than 7,000 subscribers.

And Areum's fitness focus is often on the glutes. In fact, she's become famous in Korea for her ... well, her derriere. You can get an idea of that in this fan-made video showcasing that aspect of her talents:

She also does videos for the Korean edition of Golf Digest offering golf-specific fitness tips. She's showing up on Korean television more and more often and has authored books on diet and fitness.

Here's a look at her golf swing:

Johanna Gustavsson Win LETAS Tourney on 14th Playoff Hole

Something amazing happened in golf today, but since it's also the first day of the PGA Championship what happened will probably be overlooked by most golf fans.

What was it? The longest sudden-death playoff in golf history! At the LET Access Series' Larvik Ladies Open in Norway (co-sanctioned by the Nordea Tour), Johanna Gustavsson and Natalia Escuriola faced off in a sudden-death playoff for the title.

And it took 14 holes to determine the winner. Fourteen!

And that winner was ... Gustavsson. It was the first LETAS victory for the 22-year-old Swede, who now goes to fourth on the money list. The LETAS feeds into the Ladies European Tour, so if Gustavsson can maintain her money list ranking she'll graduate to the LET for next season.

The LETAS described the playoff this way:

"Gustavsson and Escuriola both recorded an opening bogey on the first play-off hole, the 368 yard par four 9th, which they played three times before alternating between the 1st and 9th holes until the 10th extra hole. Gustavsson and Escuriola then moved back to the 9th hole until the Swede was able to break the deadlock on the 14th extra hole with a birdie."

Fourteen holes of sudden-death. Wow.

The LETAS also stated, "The longest sudden death play-off in professional golf was previously eleven holes." That is a reference to a playoff between golf Hall of Famers Cary Middlecoff and Lloyd Mangrum at the 1949 Motor City Open on the PGA Tour. That one ended still deadlocked - the players agreed between themselves to call it off and split the prize money.

You might remember a playoff between Paula Creamer and Jiyai Shin at the 2012 Kingsmill Championship that lasted nine holes. But the LPGA record is 10 holes: Jo Ann Prentice def. Sandra Palmer and Kathy Whitworth at the 1972 Corpus Christi Civitan Open.

Congratulations to Gustavsson, for both the win and for being part of history.

Elise Lobb

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Elise Lobb is a beauty queen and a YouTube videographer with a growing following and impressive content alliances. At only 20 years old, she doesn't have a long past - but it's a past that does include golf.

And golf is definitely a part of her future, both on and off the course. Don't be surprised if Lobb shows up on your television or mobile screen someday, broadcasting from a golf tournament or studio.

"I am currently considering going back to play collegiate golf because I have realized golf is a part of who I am," Elise told us. "If everything works out I would love to finish my college career playing golf and eventually working for the Golf Channel."

Lobb started golfing at age 3, and began playing on her varsity high school team when she was only in sixth grade.

By the time she herself got to high school, she was also competing on the pageant circuit. She was Miss Jacksonville Teen USA in 2013 and finished in the Top 5 at the Miss Florida Teen USA pageant that year.

She had interest from college golf coaches, but Elise decided to take a little time off from competitive golf.

"At the time I didn't feel like the maturity in my mental game was at its strongest point," she said. "I took a little time off but never stopped playing golf. During that time I changed both physically and mentally, got stronger in both, which helped change my game."

She also kept going on the pageant circuit, winning Miss Atlantic Beach USA 2014 and Miss Daytona Beach USA 2015.

Two years ago Elise's interests in beauty, fashion and lifestyle topics led her to create a YouTube channel, a channel that today has more than 8,000 subscribers.

One of the reasons Lobb has gained such a fan base is that one of her fans is Seventeen magazine. She has been featured on that publication's own YouTube channel and is "continuing to film more videos for them, focusing on fashion, because they have said they like my 'edgy' take on fashion."

Elise's YouTube channel also partners with AwesomenessTV, and she recently signed with a boutique brand management agency in Los Angeles. In one of the videos in which she features, Elise is giving golf tips (it was shot in Los Angeles for Quest Nutrition Bars):

There's a lot going on for her now, and things are only looking up.

"Golf and filming good content for my videos to build subscribers on my channel are my main focus right now," Elise said. "I'm trying to show people how the game of golf is growing and becoming more popular amongst a younger audience!"

Here's an example of the fashion/lifestyle videos Elise is doing on YouTube, one that caught the eye of Seventeen and one of her favorites:

You can follow Elise on Instagram (@eliselobb) or Twitter (@eliselobb), or on her YouTube channel linked above.