Michelle Piyapattra Wins 1st Women's Canadian Tour Event of 2015

The Canadian Women's Tour just wrapped up its first tournament of 2015, and the winner is Michelle Piyapattra. The tournament took place in Calgary at Glencoe Golf and Country Club, and was 36 holes in length.

Piyapattra shot rounds of 71 and 69, finishing at 140 and three shots ahead of runner-up Seul-Ki Park. It's a valuable victory for Michelle and not just for the winner's check: it also gets her into the LPGA's Canadian Pacific Women's Open later this year.

It's the second career win for Michelle in Canada; last year she won while still an amateur.

And you might recall something else Michelle won in 2015: Inclusion in Golf.com's Most Beautiful Women in Golf feature.

See our earlier post about Michelle for more on her background.

5 of RantSports.com's '25 Female Athletes You'd Like to Date' are Golfers

The website RantSports.com published an article, or listicle, last year titled 25 Female Athletes You Wish You Could Take on a Date. And how many of those athletes are golfers?

Five of them. That's a whopping 20-percent of RantSports.com's list. Yay golf!

So we're a little behind in noticing this article, but here at Golf Babes we were way ahead in noticing these five golfers. Here are the five, listed in alphabetical order:

Meghan Hardin

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Sharmila Nicollet

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Brooke Pancake

(Brooke is not the least bit date-able - she's married! But the article does specify wishing you could date these athletes.)

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Michelle Wie

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Cheyenne Woods

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Nicole Castrale Helping 'Swing Away' Movie Get the Golf Right

We told you yesterday a little bit about the movie Swing Away that is currently in production, including shooting golf scenes this week at the site of the ShopRite LPGA Classic tournament. What we left out of that first post is that LPGA Tour winner and 2-time Solheim Cupper Nicole Castrale is involved in the movie's production, too.

For a movie that tells the story of a Greek-American LPGA golfer, Nicole is the perfect choice to serve as "consultant," because Nicole, after all, is a Greek-American LPGA golfer!

In her role as consultant on the movie, what is Castrale actually doing? These photos, which she shared on Instagram, show us:

Busy on the set of #swingaway Thanks @sirdommypants for the photos #Greece #Rhodes

A photo posted by Nicole Castrale (@nicolecastrale) on

That is, I believe, young actor Viktoria Miller getting help with her golf setup from Castrale, who is there to make sure the golf scenes look like, well, good golf. On Twitter the movie's director, Michael Nickles, told me, "She's an essential part of it. Feel lucky to have her here."

Of course, Nicole's time spent at the production locations hasn't been all work. Here, on the island of Rhodes, Nicole and the movie's star, Shannon Elizabeth, take a plunge into the cold waters off St. George Beach:

One more image from Twitter:

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.

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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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