Kristen Kenney Host of New Golf Channel Series 'Altered Course'

Golf Channel has a new competition series coming this summer, and a new host to help bring it into our homes. The series is called Altered Course, and the host is Kristen Kenney.

The series will be Kenney's debut on the Golf Channel, but she's a veteran sports broadcaster. She is currently the pit reporter for the Red Bull Global RallyCross series on NBC and NBCSN.

What is the show about? Kenney explains the concept herself in one of her Instagram photos, which shows her racing after competitors (and her crew racing after her):

I am thrilled to announce I will be the host of a new reality golf competition series on @golfchannel @gcalteredcourse! Yes, as you can see, a very fit crew and myself will be running alongside the action as teams navigate treacherous terrain and race against the clock! Major props to @nopoblano, Gullberg, Greig, Juan and Roger, who had to chase after me on the course! This is a dream job, and I am extremely grateful to be a part of this incredible journey with the GC family. Press Release: http://www.golfchannel.com/news/press-releases/golf-channel-announces-new-competition-series-altered-course/ GOLF CHANNEL ANNOUNCES NEW COMPETITION SERIES, ALTERED COURSE. Teams to Compete on Extraordinary Hole Layouts Exceeding 700 Yards Requiring Daring #Golf Shots, While Racing Against Time. Kristen Kenney, pit reporter for the @redbullgrc Bull Global RallyCross series on NBC and NBCSN, has been tabbed to host the inaugural season. The series will premier this summer on #golfchannel.

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Altered Course pits 2-person teams who must showcase their physical fitness as well as their golf prowess. They race against the clock while trying to beat other teams' golf scores, playing across multiple normal golf holes that have been combined into one monster hole.

The series will air on Golf Channel in Summer 2015.

Kristen was a Division I soccer player at Elon University in North Carolina, where she studied broadcast journalism. She later earned a degree in Communications from the University of Miami. She became a correspondent at the Orlando PBS station, and in 2007 was featured in the documentary Tanzania A Journey Within. While in Africa Kristen nearly died from malaria, but the experience led her to found the non-profit Malaika (angel) For Life. That organization provides malaria treatments in Africa.

Kinney later joined Fox Sports Next in Washington, D.C., then took part in covering the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. She has also covered the World University Games for ESPNU and college basketball on the CBS Sports Network.

You can follow Kristen on Facebook, on Twitter or on Instagram.

LPGA Stars at the Thailand Welcome Party

Time to turn to social media once again, where we find photos of LPGA stars attending the welcome part for the 2015 Honda LPGA Thailand tournament. All photos were posted by the players on their public social accounts.

First up, the trio of Morgan Pressel, Ai Miyazato and Paula Creamer:

But wait - here the threesome above is joined by a fourth. Now with twice the Miyazato! (Mika):

Here are Brittany Lincicome, Belen Mozo and Michelle Wie:

And Cheyenne Woods, Michelle Wie and Jessica Korda:

Here is Lexi Thompson getting ready to head to the party:

And we wrap up with Morgan and Jessica:

Jillian Murray: Actress, Golfer Starring in New Golf Movie

Jillian Murray is an actress who will soon be appearing in a new golf movie called The Squeeze.

There is little information out there yet (at least that I could find) about The Squeeze, so hat tip to GolfSpelledBackwards.com for providing this bit of info: Jack Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson both recommend the movie. If that's not enough to pique your interest, well, then just take another look at the photos on this page of JIllian!

The Squeeze is being described as a "caper movie," about an older gambler who discovers a young golf phenom and turns him into a golf hustler.

Does Jillian Murray play golf in real life? She confirmed to me on Twitter that she does. I did find something interesting when searching for info about the movie: an ad on an industry website for a "golf double" for Murray. (The ad was placed back during shooting, obviously, so don't try to apply!) The ad stated one should apply "only if you are a great female golfer and you resemble (Jillian Murray's) features, looks, and close to her height."

I can think of many reasons why the movie makers would need a golf double for an actor even when that actor is a golfer in real life. The one that first comes to mind is that the character Jillian plays in the movie is a low-handicapper, maybe a scratch golfer, while in real life Jillian herself is not a low-handicapper. So there are some shots in the movie that require making sure the golf looks just right for the talent level of the character. (In the blurbs they gave on the movie, Nicklaus and Mickelson - see links above - actually cite the "authenticity" of the golf as one of the movie's positives.)

We'll probably find out exactly what Murray's golf experience and current skill level is when she is featured in the April issue of Golf Digest. Keep an eye out for that.

Where have we seen JIllian Murray before? She's had a couple television series roles: She played Portlyn on Disney Channel's Sonny With a Chance; and was part of the Awkward cast on MTV. Movies she's appeared in include American High School and the supernatural horror flick Forget Me Not.

Check out her IMBD page for more info, and watch for The Squeeze in April.

(Top photo via facebook.com/officialJillianMurray; other photos via Instagram/jillianmurrayofficial. You can also follow Jillian on Twitter.)

Sandra Gal, Hee Young Park Perform Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy'

Beethoven's Ode to Joy, the final movement of the composer's Ninth Symphony, is one of the most famous pieces of music ever written. Sandra Gal and Hee Young Park are two of the greatest golfers in the world, and two people who, as is obvious from their social media accounts, love life. They are full of joy.

What better pairing than these two buddies combining their talents - Sandra on violin, "Rocket" on piano - on Ode to Joy?

This performance by what Sandra called the "Gal-Park Philharmonic Orchestra" took place in Gal's home recently, on the night of dinner that Sandra prepared for friends. Sandra posted a bit of their recital in two videos on Instagram:

#part2 #werock #goodnight ��

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Roll over, Beethoven, and tell Tchaikovsky the news: These girls rock!

Sandra shared on her Facebook page a preview of the dinner she was cooking this night:

And a photo of herself, Hee Young and Anna Nordqvist dining together:

Hey, wait a minute: Doesn't Anna play an instrument, too? Yes, she does, the violin. So why wasn't Anna taking part in the performance above, too? This tweet by Anna (retweeted by Gal) might provide a clue:

But maybe, if Anna practices, then the next time we see the Gal-Park Philharmonic Orchestra it will include Nordqvist, too.

Su Oh Grabs Her First Pro Win

Australian teenager Su Oh is a winner in just her second start as a pro. Oh's professional career is off to a tremendous start: She finished second in her first start as a pro, and now first in her second start.

Oh (who used to go by Su-Hyun Oh but now by the shortened Su Oh) won the RACV Ladies Masters tournament, a co-sanctioned ALPG tournament that also serves as the season-opener for the 2015 Ladies European Tour.

Oh shot rounds of 69, 75, 72 and 69 to finish three shots ahead of the runners-up, Charley Hull, Katherine Kirk and Florentyna Parker. And Oh did it in style, finishing with four consecutive birdies to ensure her victory.

Just a week ago, Oh finished runner-up at the ALPG's Oates Victorian Open, her pro debut. This win gets her membership on the LET, and no doubt we'll be hearing more from Su in the year ahead.

The Golfers in the 2015 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

No, alas, there are no LPGA players or other pro golfers featured in the 2015 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. But that doesn't mean there aren't models who golf. In fact, there are at least three golfers among the models who appear in the swimsuit issue this year.

The one with the most famous connection to golf is Caroline Wozniacki, one of two professional athletes who appear in the issue. Wozniacki, of course, dated Rory McIlroy for a while and they got very close to marriage before splitting. And Caroline, a top tennis player, took up golf herself during that time.

Here is a behind-the-scene video of Wozniacki's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue shoot:

One of the supermodels featured in the 2015 swimsuit issue is Nina Agdal, and Nina's love of golf is well-established. Visit her Instagram account and you'll find some golf pics and even some golf videos, such as these:

Still learning #onthegreen @nikegolf #2015resolutions

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Too far. The ball never listens to me.

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Want to see Nina in the swimsuit issue? Of course you do! Here's a video:

And the third golfer among the 2015 Sports Illustrated swimsuit models is Kelly Rorhbach - she played in college at Georgetown. Here's an image from Kelly's Instagram:

Kelly is one of the swimsuit issue rookies this year. She mentions golf in this video (she quit the golf team to focus on acting school):