2014 Q-School Finalists: Therese Koelbaek

If you are a reader of Golf Digest, then you've probably already "met" Therese Koelbaek, but perhaps without realizing it. Koelbaek was the model on pages 76-79 of the November 2014 issue, demonstrating the tips in an instructional article.

How'd she get that gig? Koelbaek works with well-known golf instructor Jeff Ritter, who has been featured in both the magazine and on the video side of the website, Golf Digest TV. In fact, Koelbaek was featured in three different videos, too, demonstrating Ritter's tips.

We'll next see Therese at the Final Stage of 2014 LPGA Q-School. She was exempt from Stage I and advanced out of Stage II with four strokes to spare. She'll have some help from family at Q-School finals, too, with her brother caddying for her.

That's no small thing, given that Koelbaek is Danish and her brother had to fly in from Denmark to help her. It was during another family visit in October - this one from her mother - that Therese's boyfriend proposed, and she accepted. So it's been a pretty good fall for her.

Therese played full-time on the Symetra Tour in 2014, recording three Top 10 finishes and finishing 31st on the money list. Her best showing on the Symetra this year was a tie for fourth at the Guardian Retirement Championship in April.

But she also recorded three victories on the Cactus Tour, which she played during the Symetra's off periods.

"For the first time going in to final stage I feel really good about everything and am confident that I have the ability to perform well," Koelbaek told Golf Babes. "I guess I can say that regardless of the outcome of Q-School it is great to have the opportunity to play myself on the LPGA Tour."

Therese began golfing at age 11 in Denmark, and within a few years was a member of the Danish National Team. She played college golf at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. (And she now lives in Arizona - from Denmark to the deserts.) At UNLV she was a 4-time all-conference selection, and was the Player of the Year in the conference in 2011 after winning the conference championship.

She turned pro in 2012 and made 15 cuts in 15 starts on the Symetra Tour that year. She also advanced to Q-School finals in 2012. You can find Therese's website listed in the right-hand sidebar of any page on Golf Babes along with other players' sites. Follow her on Twitter @theresekoelbaek or on Facebook to keep up to date.

2014 Q-School Finalists: Stephanie Meadow

The Final Stage of LPGA Q-School begins on Dec. 3, and one of the top contenders there will be Stephanie Meadow. Meadow was exempt from Stage I, but did have to play Stage II and advanced with ease there, finished tied for 16th.

If Stephanie hits it big in professional golf - and there's every reason to think she will - she might become a star in America. First, she's a beautiful ginger, and they always stand out. But more importantly, she has a lovely Irish accent. And Americans are suckers for Irish, Scottish, English and Australian accents.

Listen to Stephanie here:

Why do we say there's every reason to think Stephanie will be a big success as a pro? Well, among other things, she made her professional debut earlier in 2014 at the U.S. Women's Open and finished tied for third place.

Meadow just completed four years at the University of Alabama (where she fit into the football culture just fine, as the top photo demonstrates). She was a 3-time, first-team All-America selection, and recorded nine NCAA tournament victories.

She also played for Team Great Britain & Ireland on the 2012 and 2014 Curtis Cup teams.

As noted, she came joint third in her professional debut at the 2014 U.S. Women's Open, and also finished third in the LET's Ladies European Masters.

Stephanie has some catching up to do in the points standings, but I won't be surprised if she winds up playing her way onto the 2015 European Solheim Cup team.

Learn from Beauty Queen - and Golf Pro! - Meredith Kirk

The above video was posted by golf teaching professional Meredith Kirk on her Facebook page. It's a tip on "commonly overlooked golf fundamentals and the secret to creating the shot of your dreams."

You might recall from our previous post about Meredith that not only is she a golf pro, not only does she run an organization that encourages and enables junior golf, she is also the reigning Mrs. South Carolina. And she recently competed in the Mrs. America pageant.

The above video was shot at Pawleys Plantation. Hopefully Meredith will be sharing more tips with us in the future.

You can keep up with Meredith by liking her Facebook page, or by following her on Twitter (where in addition to golf-related tweets she sometimes posts photos such as the one on the left).

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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: