2014 Q-School Finalists: Sophia Popov

Sophia Popov made her professional debut in July at the LET's Ladies German Open - only appropriate for this German golfer - and finished tied for 16th, shooting 13-under 275. One year earlier, playing as an amateur, she finished ninth in the same event.

The first week of December, Sophia will be attempting to secure 2015 LPGA Tour membership at the final stage of Q-School. Sophia got to the final stage by playing her way through the first two stages.

At Stage I she finished tied for 31st, and tied for 41st at Stage II. Don't let those relatively modest finishes fool you - among first-time Q-School finalists, Popov will be one of the top players to watch.

Popov became part of the German national golf team as a young teen in 2006. Her amateur achievements include a victory at the European Ladies Amateur in 2010, which she won by holing a 50-foot putt. She also played in the Junior Solheim Cup in 2009 and helped Germany to a second-place finish at the 2012 World Championships.

As a collegian, Sophia played at Southern Cal, where she ended earlier in 2014 with a bang, winning the school's Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award. She won five NCAA tournaments while at USC, tied for the school record, and she holds the school record with 22 career NCAA rounds in the 60s. She was a 2-time All-America selection.

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2014 Q-School Finalists: Lee Lopez

Lee Lopez is another of the many, many recent (and relatively recent) members of the UCLA women's golf team who've gone into the pro ranks. Some of them have become big-time players and even major champions; others, like Lee, show great promise and are working to turn that promise into paydays on the LPGA Tour.

Lopez graduated from UCLA in 2013 (with a degree in history). She actually began her NCAA career at Long Beach State, where she was Big West Freshman of the Year in the 2009-10 season. After transferring to UCLA, she was part of a national championship team, was a first-team All-America selection and team MVP in 2011-12.

This year was Lee's rookie season as a pro golfer, and she played a full season - 20 starts - on the Symetra Tour. While she didn't win, she was consistent all year and posted five Top 10 finishes. That included a 3-even stretch in June in which Lee finished fifth, second and fifth.

She wound up 14th on the Symetra Tour money list. Only the Top 10 get LPGA cards, but that finish did exempt Lopez from the first- and second-stage qualifiers in Q-School.

Lee was 22nd in scoring average, 12th in birdies, 19th in sand saves. She needs to add yards to her drives - she ranked only 121st in driving average - but is very accurate, finishing sixth in fairway percentage.

Lee's Instagram is private, but you can follow her on Twitter: @leelo03.

LPGA Stars on the Rolex Red Carpet

It was a red-carpet, gala night for LPGA stars on Friday, Nov. 21. That was the 2014 date of the tour's season-ending awards gala. And it looks like some of the tour players really enjoyed slipping into fancy dresses and walking the red carpet. Below is a mix of photos shared by the golfers on Twitter or Instagram:

Here's Lexi Thompson getting ready to head to the party:

Once at the party, Morgan Pressel and Sandra Gal served as interviewers, talking to golfers, tour officials and others as they arrived, as part of a live-streaming of the event on LPGA.com:

Morgan with friends:

Lizette Salas and Danielle Kang, doing it teapot style:

The scene-stealer on the red carpet was Michelle Wie, in her high-slit black skirt and sleeveless, cropped top. Has Michelle ever appeared more supermodelish?

One more of Wie with her friend Hally Leadbetter (left, David's daughter) and Jamie Kuhn, who is both friend and part of her management team:

2014 Q-School Finalists: Madison Pressel

The final stage of 2014 LPGA Qualifying School begins on Wednesday, Dec. 3, and Madison Pressel is one of the golfers who'll be chasing her tour card there.

How did Madison get here? She earned it through her play on the Symetra Tour in 2014. She was exempt from both Stage I and Stage II qualifying on the basis of her money list finish.

Pressel spent four years at the University of Texas and was the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year in 2011. That 2011 NCAA season included her victory at the Big 12 Championship tournament. She also holds the school record for lowest round, a 65 she shot as a freshman in 2009.

Madison graduated in 2013 and turned pro, playing in two Symetra Tour events. This year was her first as a full-time tour professional. And she did pretty darn good.

So good that her Symetra season included her first pro victory. Madison won a playoff at the Decatur-Forsyth Classic in June. She also had a third-place finish and a ninth.

Madison wound up 22nd on the money list, not good enough for automatic promotion to the LPGA Tour, but good enough to be exempted into the finals of Q-School.

And yes, as if you didn't know, Madison is Morgan's little sister. In a 2011 article in Golfweek, Beth Ann Nichols wrote of the siblings, "The two blondes sound alike on the phone and have similar mannerisms on the course. Morgan said they both work hard, love to shop and are 'very stubborn.' But she’s quick to note that they are very much their own person."

Their own people, but if you follow them on social media you realize they are clearly very close. And perhaps - it's a strong possibility - in a couple weeks they'll be closer still if Madison Pressel has a good week at Q-School.

(Photo: twitter.com/madisonpressel)

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2014 Q-School Finals: Cheyenne Woods

(Photos: twitter.com/Cheyenne_Woods)

As she's shown us on Instagram, Cheyenne Woods has been working hard on her game to prepare for LPGA Q-School finals:

One of my favorite shots: bunkers! What's yours?

A video posted by Cheyenne Woods (@cheyenne_woods) on

The final stage of 2014 LPGA Q-School begins exactly two weeks from the date of this post, and Woods is one of 156 golfers trying to earn a place on the LPGA Tour for 2015. Over the next two weeks, leading up to Round 1, we'll take a look at some of those aspirants.

How did Cheyenne get to the final stage? She was exempt from Stage I, but did have to play Stage II. And at Stage II Woods shot 74-72-70-70 for a total of 2-under-par 286, tied for 12th place and easily good enough to advance.

Cheyenne started 2014 with a bang, winning the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters, a Ladies European Tour event, in February. And just a week ago she had a strong showing at the Arizona Women's Open, which had the best Cactus Tour field of the year.

In-between, Woods played mostly on the Symetra Tour, entering 14 tournaments. Her best finish was fifth at the Decatur-Forsyth Classic in June; her second-best showing was 12th place at the season-ending Symetra Tour Championship in September.

Cheyenne was 34th on the Symetra Tour scoring list, but only 52nd on the money list. Her tee-to-green game was strong: She was 11th in fairways hit, 18th in GIR, but putting let her down. She wound up ninth on the Rookie of the Year ranking.

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Instagramming with ... Meghan Hardin

We're going to start a new, semi-regular feature on Golf Babes called Instagramming. (Semi-regular because we'll be doing it regularly, but not on any kind of set schedule.) "Instagramming" means checking in on professional golfers on Instagram to see what they've been up to lately. And why not start with golfer, reality show contestant and model Meghan Hardin?

So: What has Meghan been up to lately? Well, there's this:

She wrote of the above pic, "Sunday Funday! Caddying in Palm Springs! Wearing @chasefiftyfour and caddying for a fellow @wilson_golf staffer!" And there's also the following, of which Meghan explained, "Thursdays Work Days! It's not easy being a professional golfer so this off season I have been working a couple days a week to help pay for my 2015 Tournament Season! Back to the golf course tomorrow!"

So in our brand new Instagramming, we've already learned that Meghan sometimes caddies and that she also works in real estate.

Would you buy a house from the woman above? Of course you would! She could sell me an oceanfront home in the desert.

Of the following photo Meghan wrote: "#TBT to my birthday in July when I went to Toby Keith's Bar & Grill! I need to go back soon! #dancedeprived #ineedtoshakeitoff #missingthelonghair"

Here she is getting in some golf:

And a double-double at In-N-Out? Meghan is a golfer after our own heart:

Check out Meghan on Instagram, or view more pics of Meghan Hardin on Golf Babes.