Daniela Darquea Makes History for Ecuador

Daniela Darquea notched her first victory as a professional golfer at the Symetra Tour's 2017 IOA Championship. Daniela is from Quito, Ecuador, and was already the first Ecuadorian golfer to earn any status on the LPGA Tour. Now she's the first to post a win on the Symetra Tour or LPGA Tour.

Darquea holed out for eagle on the 13th hole of the final round, then, for good measure, added a final-hole birdie. She wound up with a 3-stroke victory. She entered the tournament in 17th place on the tour's early season money list; the victory jumps her up to second place.

Darquea did have a previous win in a professional tournament, however, just not a tour victory: She won the LPGA Q-School Stage I qualifier late in 2016. She should get into a handful of LPGA tournaments, but might spend most of her time in 2017 on the Symetra Tour.

That Q-School qualifier win was after Daniela turned pro following a collegiate career at the University of Miami in Florida.

Tania Tare: Trick Shot Goals

It's not that easy to differentiate oneself in the world of golf trick shots these days. I mean, everyone is doing them. Or at least trying to. So you have to be very good at them, and display at least some measure of creativity, to get noticed now.

And Tania Tare keeps getting noticed.

The former Florida International University golfer, originally from New Zealand, has been featured on numerous golf websites lately for the trick shots she shoots and shares on social media. And now, we present Tania on GolfBabes.club, through the wonders of a YouTube clip that someone accurately named "12 Terrific Trick Shots by Talented Tania Tare":

Be sure to follow Tania (on Twitter or on Instagram) to keep up with the new stuff.

Melissa Reid Wins Oates Vic Open

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The 2017 season is off to a great start for England's Melissa Reid. Mel won the Oates Vic Open in Australia in a playoff over Sandra Gal, winning it on the third extra hole.

The Oates Vic Open is a tournament cosanctioned by the Ladies European Tour and the ALPG Tour. Melissa and Sandra were close to each the whole time after both started with first-round scores of 67. Reid had a 70 in Round 2, then went into the lead with a third-round 67.

In the final round, Gal chased down Reid and tied her, shooting 69 to Reid's 72. That left them tied at 16-under 276. They matched scores on the first two playoff holes, then Reid won it with a par on the third playoff hole.

It's the sixth career LET victory for Reid, who was Gal's teammate on the European squad at the Solheim Cup in both 2011 and 2015.

Golf.com's 'Most Beautiful' Videos, 2017

Golf.com's annual "Most Beautiful Women in Golf" web feature arrived in early January, and the videos chronicling the shoots came later in the month. We've collected the four videos that focus on current tour golfers. Because we're all about making it easy for our readers to see golf babes.

Danielle Kang:

Jessica Korda and Nelly Korda:

Belen Mozo:

Cheyenne Woods:

For the remaining videos, go to Golf Magazine's YouTube channel.

Meet Angela Akins, Sergio Garcia's Beloved

Sergio Garcia is getting married, and isn't he the lucky one: His better half is Angela Akins, former Golf Channel and Fox Sports Southwest reporter and accomplished golfer.

It's no surprise that Angela and Sergio were on the road to marriage. They each shared photos throughout the past year on social media of their adventures together. And Angela was on Sergio's arm at the most recent Ryder Cup Gala Dinner.

Their engagement was announced in mid-2016, so Sergio's tweet merely confirms that the wedding is on for this year.

Most recently she was a reporter and interviewer for the Golf Channel, a role she had beginning in 2015.

Prior to that, Akins had reporting and hosting jobs with Fox Sports Southwest, including hosting a five-hour Friday night show about Texas high school football.

Speaking of football: Any Texas football fans reading this might recognize Angela's last name. The Akins family includes some Texas football legends.

Angela's grandfather, Ray Akins, won nearly 300 games as a high school football coach.

Angela's father, Marty Akins, is, according to Wikipedia, the only wishbone quarterback ever named first-team All-American. Marty quarterbacked the Texas Longhorns for three seasons in the early 1970s, and Texas coach Darrell Royal called him "the best all around athlete I ever coached."

And Angela's cousin is New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

And what about Akins on the golf course? Hey, she might be able to beat Sergio ... if she can negotiate enough strokes! She's a past women's club champion at Spanish Oaks Golf Club in the Austin suburbs.

And Angela played college golf at the University of Texas. She was an academic all-conference selection in 2007-08, and received her Bachelor of Journalism degree from UT.

Congratulations and best wishes to Angela and Sergio.