Minjee Lee Wins in China

A birdie on the final hole gave Australia's Minjee Lee the victory at the 2016 Blue Bay LPGA tournament in China. Lee stumbled on the 71st hole with a bogey, but recovered with that final-hole birdie. Jessica Korda had a change to tie with an eagle putt at the last, but missed. Korda birdied and was runner-up, one behind Lee.

It was the third career LPGA Tour victory for Minjee, who is still (hard to believe!) just 20 years old. It was also her second LPGA win of 2016, following the Lotte Championship in April. Her first LPGA win was at the 2015 Kingsmill Championship.

Watch Liz Elmassian Show Off Her Trick Shot Skills

Elizabeth Elmassian is a 20-year-old amateur golfer from Australia. She is one of the top Australian amateurs, and is ranked No. 152 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings at the time of this writing.

There's no question Liz has a future in professional golf; the only question is, at what level? That remains to be seen, but she's working hard at her game.

She possesses plenty of skill, which is obvious not just by her ranking but by her trick shot abilities. It takes lots of skill to pull these off and, we imagine, lots of patience for multiple takes while you try to get it right.

Check out Elmassian's trick shots below, and follow her on social media (Instagram: @lizelmassian - Twitter: @lizelmassian) for future updates.

Time to clean the clubs 💦💦 #dominoeffect #cleanclubs

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Mouse trap 🐭🐭

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Don't know when i'll need this shot 🚙🚙 #chipshot #shortgame @womenwithdrive

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Just another chip into a bin 🙃 #playasitlies @womenwithdrive @golf_gods

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Right arm chipping drill #bowling #golftip @womenwithdrive @womensgolfcom

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Another Win for Madelene Sagstrom in Record-Breaking Symetra Season

Madelene Sagstrom is a winner again on the Symetra Tour with her victory in the Murphy USA El Dorado Shootout, completed in Arkansas on Oct. 2.

And it's easy to say now that Sagstrom is having one of the greatest years in the history of the Symetra Tour/Futures Tour. But you don't have to take our word for it: The tour itself, in a headline on its website, called Sagstrom's 2016 the "greatest season in tour history."

The win in Arkansas was Sagstrom's third of the year, and that earns her a "battlefield promotion" to the LPGA Tour. Alas, the LPGA has no more full-field, domestic tournaments in 2016, so that promotion is on paper only. Still, it's a very nice achievement, and Sagstrom is set for her LPGA rookie season in 2017.

Sagstrom turned pro early in the year after finishing her college career at LSU. She made 14 starts on the Symetra Tour and missed the Top 10 in just three of those.

Included in those 11 Top 10 finishes, and in addition to her three victories, Sagstrom posted three runner-up finishes, two third-places, one fourth and one fifth. So 10 of her 14 starts resulted in Top 5 finishes. That's good stuff!

Earlier in the season Sagstrom became the first Symetra Tour golfer to pass $100,000 in winnings in a single season. With her victory at El Dorado, she became the first to win more than $150,000 in a single year on this tour. (She's more than $60,000 ahead of second-place Jackie Stoelting on the money list.)

Sagstrom leads the tour in scoring average, the only player (as of now) below 71.0. She's second in driving distance at 278 yards.

Needless to say, Madelene has already locked up both the Symetra Tour rookie of the year and player of the year awards.

We wouldn't go so far as to say Madelene's year is the best in tour history - there are golfers who've won as many as 9 or 8 tournaments in a single season in the Futures Tour's past - but it's definitely up there.

See you on the LPGA Tour in 2017, Madelene.

In Gee Chun Shatters Records at the 2016 Evian Championship

In Gee Chun was already a major championship winner when she arrived in France for the 2016 Evian Championship. Now that it's over, Chun is not only a 2-time major winner, she's the holder of a couple of all-time records.

Chun won the 2016 Evian by four shots over runners-up and countrywomen So Yeon Ryu and Sung Hyun Park. But it's her eye-popping final score that is, well, popping eyes. Chun finished at 21-under 263.

How good is that? Consider this:

  • In Gee is the first golfer ever - male or female - to win a major championship at 21-under par. Her score is two strokes lower than the previous record (Dottie Pepper's 19-under at the 1999 Kraft Nabisco) for an LPGA major.
  • And her 263 total lowers the all-time LPGA score record for majors by four strokes. That breaks a record (267) set way back in 1992 by Betsy King.
That's good stuff!

In Gee's first victory in a major was at the 2015 U.S. Women's Open. And her total there (272) shares the USWO's all-time scoring record. When In Gee Chun wins, she does it in style.

Esther Lee Cards Record Score En Route to College Victory

It's not always easy to follow up a record-setting round of golf. There's nowhere to go but up - as in higher scores - after all. But Esther Lee made it work.

Lee tied the all-time women's NCAA 18-hole scoring record in the first round of the Dick McGuire Invitational tournament, then added two more sub-70 scores to win the event hosted by the University of New Mexico.

Lee, a senior on the University of Colorado squad, opened the 54-hole tournament with a round of 61. That tied the NCAA record first set by Stanford's Mariah Stackhouse. In Lee's case, it was 11-under par, establishing a new record for score in relation to par for 18 holes.

Lee shot 69 in the second round 68 in the final round, finishing at 18-under 198 and winning by five strokes. That 54-hole total represents a new school record.

Esther earned her first victory in her sophomore season at Colorado, a year in which she had 10 Top 20 finishes overall. She was named to the All-Pac 12 team, an honor she repeated for the 2015-16 year when she recorded six Top 10 finishes.

Texas Tech's Gabby Barker Wins Opener

At the end of the 2015-16 college golf season, Gabby Barker won her conference's Player of the Year Award. At the beginning of the 2016-17 college season, Barker has won the season-opening tournament.

Barker's junior season on the Texas Tech University women's golf team began with a bang on Tuesday - a victory in the Red Raider Invitational in Lubbock. Barker carded rounds of 70, 73 and 71 to finish at 2-under 214 on the tough, windswept Rawls Course. That included a 34 over her final nine, good for a 1-stroke victory over Iowa's Jessica Ip.

Gabby, from Caldwell, Idaho, and a member of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribe, won the Big 12 Women's Golf Player of the Year award last May following her sophomore season. She was the first golfer ever from Texas Tech to claim that award. Her 2015-16 season included a victory at the Betsy Rawls Invitational, one of the biggest tournaments of the NCAA year.

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