Another Win for Annie Park

Annie Park has only been a pro since May. But she just won her second tournament on the Symetra Tour.

Annie caught Lee Lopez in the final round - that's some USC-on-UCLA crime - of the PHC Classic, which concluded on Aug. 2. She did it with birdies on the final two holes. And then in the playoff between the two, Park won it with a birdie on the third extra hole.

This is just Park's sixth start as a pro after leaving Southern Cal following the end of her junior season. In those six starts, Annie has finished 19th, 47th, 13th, first, 15th and first again.

That's a pretty good start to your rookie season!

Going into the PHC Classic, Park led the Symetra Tour in scoring average, and she was 15th in money. With her latest first-place check, she'll move into the Top 5 and be in great position to play her way onto the LPGA Tour for next season.

Here's the winning putt:

And the trophy shot:

Nicole Zhang

(Photos courtesy of Nicole Zhang)

Nicole Zhang has a strong pedigree in golf and currently plays on the Symetra Tour. But she also has a strong pedigree in business and has already created a product and founded a company to sell it.

For now, Nicole enjoys following both paths - golf and business - simultaneously. But it's not always easy, and at some point she'll probably have to choose between the two.

The company Nicole founded before even graduating from Notre Dame's business school is called Yogapeople and it makes yoga mat bags - colorful, attractive bags "that reflect the beauty of yoga."

Nicole will also be "launching an app that has a social mission," she told Golf Babes. It's an app (due this Fall) that helps people give back to local charities with the help of corporate sponsors.

"My hope is that the app will get people more involved with charitable work, and also provide much needed funding to many of the smaller charities in our communities," Nicole said.

And if that's not enough off-course work, Nicole also does consulting work for her father, who is the managing director of a company in the oil and gas industry.

Nicole's father, Charles, immigrated to Canada "with $20 in his pocket," she said. "There is so much that I can learn from him, and now is the time to do so."

Nicole was born and raised in Calgary and started playing golf at age six. It wasn't long until she was beating the local competition, and a terrific junior and amateur career began.

It eventually led her to the Notre Dame golf team (she also briefly competed at Northwestern). Zhang posted one win in college and played her way into the 2010 and 2013 U.S. Women's Opens. In her college victory, Nicole set a tournament scoring record and the Notre Dame school record for lowest 54-hole score.

She also reached the semifinals at the 2012 U.S.Women's Amateur, beating (among others) Hyo Joo Kim and Su Oh before losing to Jaye Marie Green. (Green then lost to champion Lydia Ko - talk about a murderer's row of amateur golfers!)

Nicole turned pro last year and so far on the Symetra Tour in 2015 has a best showing of 15th.

And just how does she manage to run Yogapeople, develop her app, consult for her dad and keep her golf game sharp all at the same time? It isn't easy.

"To be honest, I thought it would be easy to balance business and golf, but in reality, it's quite challenging," Zhang told us. "The toughest part is managing my stress.

"When I'm at home (during off-weeks), I spend about 90-percent of my time on business and 10-percent on golf, as this is really the only time when I'm able to meet with my business partner, potential customers, and have access to resources. When I'm on Tour though, it's the opposite - 90-percent on golf and 10-percent on business.

"I need to work extra hard during tournament weeks since I don't practice much during the off-weeks."

Nicole isn't yet ready to focus entirely on business, but that time might be coming.

"I really enjoy competing in golf, but I love working on my companies more," she said.

You can follow Nicole's journey on Twitter (@lemmezhangit) or at nicolezhanggolf.com. And if you're into yoga, check out her company at yogapeoplebags.com.

Krista Bakker Notches First LETAS Victory

One of the many young Finns who are up-and-coming in the golf world is Krista Bakker, a 21-year-old who just notched her first victory on the LET Access Series.

Bakker won the CreditGate24 GolfSeries Hamburg Open at Treudelberg Golf & Country Club in Hamburg, Germany, which concluded today (Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015).

Bakker took a 3-shot lead after the second round, which meant she went into the final round of a pro tournament with a lead for the first time in her career. And she held up under that pressure, winning by three shots.

Krista's previous best this year on the LET Access Series was 13th at the CitizenGuard LETAS Trophy in Belgium. She also has gotten into four LET events this year with a best finish so far of 39th.

Krista turned pro after winning one of the LET's Q-School pre-qualifiers in late 2013, and then finishing in the Top 30 in the Q-School proper at the end of 2013. She was a rookie on the LET in 2014 and had a best finish of 9th at the Deloitte Ladies Open.

Lexi Thompson Wins Meijer LPGA Classic

In April of 2014 Lexi Thompson won her first major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Today, she claimed her first win since that major, the 2015 Meijer LPGA Classic.

Thompson got the week off to a great start by wearing that number above to the pro-am/pairings party. She opened the tournament with a 69, then a 64 in the second round put her in a great spot. A third-round 68 followed, then, in the final round, Lexi shot 6-under 65. She finished at 18-under 266, one shot ahead of the runners-up Gerina Piller and Lizette Salas.

This is Lexi's first win in her 20s. Her four previous LPGA victories all happened while she was still a teenager.

Here's another shot of Thompson in that dress, this time next to Morgan Pressel:

More Lexi Thompson pics on Golf Babes

Lena Schaeffner

(Photos courtesy of Lena Schaeffner)

Lena Schaeffner recencetly tweeted (@lschaeffner) this photo with the caption, "Golf makes me happy":

Alas, Schaeffner's most recent tournament included some disappointment: She had to withdraw from the International European Ladies' Amateur Championship in Austria this week due to a knee issue.

But Lena does have plenty to be happy about these days: She's a member of the German National Team (which, the way, is absolutely stacked with both golf talent and golf babes), ranked in the Top 50 in the world in the latest amateur rankings; and earlier this year became the first golfer ever from Coastal Carolina University to make it into the NCAA Women's Championship tournament as an individual.

Lena is from Rettigheim, Germany, and helped her high school there win the German national championship before heading to South Carolina to play collegiately at Coastal Carolina.

And she made an immediate impact for the Chanticleers, playing every tournament as a freshman. In her first two seasons at CCU Schaeffner came close multiple times to her first college win - she had three runner-up finishes.

NCAA Win No. 1 came for Lena this past season, her junior season, at the Palmetto Intercollegiate in October of last year. She won again in March of this year at the 3M Jaguar Intercollegiate. She had five Top 5 finishes during the regular season.

Then she won the Big South Championship tournament, finished second at the NCAA Regional and advanced into the NCAA championship. That's having a great season!

That kind of success made me wonder one thing: Would she enter Q-School next month or return for her senior season? CCU alums will be happy to know that Lena is coming back for the 2015-16 season.

Lena told us that she wants "to be successful one more year on college level before I turn pro next summer. Also it is very important for me to have a degree even though I might not wanna use it in the near future."

After that? Q-School beckons next year, with Lena likely to enter both the LPGA and LET qualifying tournaments.

"I want to start playing some tournaments on the Symetra Tour as soon as I graduate to stay in the flow of playing," Schaeffner said. "I'll play both Q-schools trying to get one or both tour cards. But as of right now I think I'll definitely want to stay in the US trying to make my way on tour here. I had a really good season this year and I think I can be successful on the LPGA in a couple of years."

We think so, too.

Paige Spiranac Launches Website, Joins Twitter

Paige Spiranac might well be the next "it girl" in golf, what with her stunning looks, her mastery of social media and her trick-shot and other videos.

We wrote about her a while back at a time when, frankly, we didn't know all that much about her. But it's much easier to learn about her these days since she launched her website - PaigeSpiranac.com - and also joined Twitter (@PaigeSpiranac).

One of the new things we learned about Paige is that she recently won the Colorado Women's Golf Association Match Play Championship. Perhaps that is an event that gave her the confidence boost to decide that a career as a tour golfer is something she's doing to strongly pursue. One of her first tweets was this one:

Best of luck to Paige. We look forward to following her career and hope to see her climbing up the various levels of professional golf. But we're absolutely positive that, should it not work out, there are many, many websites and probably a few networks that will be interested in working with her, too.

(Photos and video via Instagram/_paige.renee)

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