Krista Puisite of Big Break Myrtle Beach

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Krista Puisite is a 23-year-old from Latvia now residing in Austin, Texas. Krista wound up in Austin by way of Texas State University, which is in San Marcos, Texas, just outside of Austin.

And Puisite is arguably the best golfer in TSU history. She holds many school records, including lowest season scoring average (72.4 in 2012-13), best tournament score (209), low individual tournament round (67), most below-par rounds and many more. She won five NCAA tournaments while at Texas State, and in her final year was among the national leaders in birdies made. She also earned All-America honors with three victories in her senior season.

Krista turned pro in 2014 and immediately won twice on the Suncoast mini-tour. On the Symetra Tour in 2014, Puisite has made 10 starts and her best finish so far is a tie for fifth place at the Symetra Classic.

Carolin Pinegger of Big Break Myrtle Beach

Carolin Pinegger is the second member of the Big Break Myrtle Beach cast who played collegiate golf at Central Florida (joining Katie Detlefsen).

Carolin is from Austria and now resides in Florida. She spent five years as a member of the Austrian national golf team (2002-07) as a junior golfer. She moved to the United States at age 16 to attend the IMG Academy. From there, she graduated to UCF. She turned pro in 2013 and reached the final stage of LPGA Q-School last year. That earned her status on the Symetra Tour.

And in 2014, Pinegger is in her rookie year as a tour pro, playing on the Symetra Tour. She's made 14 starts so far with a top finish of 27th at the Volvik Championship in February.

Katie Detlefsen of Big Break Myrtle Beach

The next installment of the Golf Channel's Big Break franchise is called Big Break Myrtle Beach, and it begins airing on Oct. 7, 2014.

One of the six women in the 12-golfer cast is LPGA Class A teaching professional Katie Detlefsen. You can follow Katie on Twitter or like her Facebook page.

Katie is a 25-year-old Minnesota native who teaches at both Somerby Golf Club in Minnesota and Raptor Bay Golf Academy in Florida. She has some status on the Symetra Tour, but has not yet gotten into any tournaments.

Detlefsen won the Minnesota state high school championship four years running (2004-07) before heading south to play NCAA golf at Central Florida University. While there, she won the Dinah Shore Trophy, awarded by the LPGA, for combined academic performance, community service and golf scoring average for a Division I golfer. That was in 2010.

After turning pro Katie played some on the Women's Canadian Tour in 2012, then turned to teaching. But she didn't give up competing. In 2012, she had a Top 10 finish at the LPGA Teaching & Club Professional National Championship, and 2013 she won the LPGA T&CP Midwest Championship.

So Yeon Ryu Wins in Canada

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So Yeon Ryu is the 2014 Canadian Women's Open champion, finishing with a 2-stroke victory over Na Yeon Choi. It was quite a week for Ryu, who at one point looked as if she might challenge or even break Annika Sorenstam's all-time LPGA record for most strokes under par.

Ryu started with a 63 in the first round, then shot 66, 67 and 69. She finished at 23-under-par 265. But when she started the back nine of her final round, Ryu was at 24-under. Sorenstam's LPGA record is 27-under. Alas, Ryu soon bogied and was unable to get any back-nine momentum. But the victory is what mattered most, and she did get that.

It's the third win for Ryu on the LPGA Tour. The biggest of those three was obviously the 2011 U.S. Women's Open. Ryu also has eight career wins on the Korean LPGA.

Michelle Wie Attends 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' Premiere

Look who was on the red carpet in Los Angeles: Michelle Wie, complete with a brace on her right wrist and hand to help heal up. Well, if injury is currently sidelining you from golf, there are worse things to do than attend Hollywood premieres.

Wie was at the premiere of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the new Jessica Alba flick. She attended with her pal Jamie Kuhn, a former Florida State golf who now is a client manager with IMG, Wie's management company:

The above photo was shared by Wie on Instagram. "What a fun experience, loved the movie as well," Wie wrote of the premiere, which took place at LA's famous Chinese Theater.

The following photo was posted to Instagram by Josh Alba, brother of Jessica, and it's a group shot in which you can spot Kuhn, Wie (in the back), plus Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (oh, not to mention Jessica Alba herself):

Yep, it's good to be Wie.

The Women of Big Break Invitational

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Have you heard about Big Break Invitational? It's something new in the Golf Channel's Big Break franchise: a "standard" golf tournament. That is, a 4-day, stroke play tournament.

Big Break Invitational airs live on Golf Channel from Tuesday, Sept. 30 through Friday, Oct. 3, each day from 3-6 p.m. (ET).

And the field? The 40-golfer field is made up of past Big Break contestants, 20 men and 20 women.

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We've included a few photos in this post of some of the female contestants. (You don't need IDs, do you? You've been reading Golf Babes long enough to know these golfers, right?)

Here is the full list of the women of Big Break Invitational, along with the previous seasons in which each appeared, with the year. (An asterisk means that golfer is a champion from a previous Big Break season.)

Women of Big Break Invitational

  • Anya Alvarez, Big Break Atlantis (2012)
  • Mallory Blackwelder, Big Break Ireland (2011); Big Break NFL Puerto Rico (2013)
  • Sara Brown, Big Break Sandals Resorts (2010); Big Break Dominican Republic (2010)
  • *Taylor Collins, Big Break Mexico (2013)
  • Selanee Henderson, Big Break Atlantis (2012)
  • Stefanie Kenoyer, Big Break Mexico (2013); Big Break NFL Puerto Rico (2013)
  • Tonya McCall, Big Break Florida (2014)
  • Kristy McPherson, Big Break VI: Trump National (2006)
  • Mary Narzisi, Big Break Florida (2014)
  • *Carling (Coffing) Nolan, Big Break Sandals Resorts (2010)
  • *Blair O’Neal, Big Break Prince Edward Island (2009); Big Break Dominican Republic (2010)
  • Ryann O’Toole, Big Break Sandals Resorts (2010)
  • Gerina Piller, Big Break Prince Edward Island (2009)
  • Elena Robles, Big Break Sandals Resorts (2010); Big Break Dominican Republic (2010)
  • Sadena Parks, Big Break Florida (2014)
  • Renee Skidmore, Big Break Florida (2014)
  • *Jackie Stoelting, Big Break Florida (2014)
  • *Emily Talley, Big Break Mexico (2013); Big Break NFL Puerto Rico (2013)
  • Maiya Tanaka, Big Break Sandals Resorts (2010)
  • *Kim Welch, Big Break Ka’anapali (2008)

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