Michelle Wie Attends 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' Premiere

Look who was on the red carpet in Los Angeles: Michelle Wie, complete with a brace on her right wrist and hand to help heal up. Well, if injury is currently sidelining you from golf, there are worse things to do than attend Hollywood premieres.

Wie was at the premiere of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the new Jessica Alba flick. She attended with her pal Jamie Kuhn, a former Florida State golf who now is a client manager with IMG, Wie's management company:

The above photo was shared by Wie on Instagram. The following photo was posted to Instagram by Josh Alba, brother of Jessica, and it's a group shot in which you can spot Kuhn, Wie (in the back), plus Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (oh, not to mention Jessica Alba herself):

Yep, it's good to be Wie.

The Women of Big Break Invitational

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Have you heard about Big Break Invitational? It's something new in the Golf Channel's Big Break franchise: a "standard" golf tournament. That is, a 4-day, stroke play tournament.

Big Break Invitational airs live on Golf Channel from Tuesday, Sept. 30 through Friday, Oct. 3, each day from 3-6 p.m. (ET).

And the field? The 40-golfer field is made up of past Big Break contestants, 20 men and 20 women.

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We've included a few photos in this post of some of the female contestants. (You don't need IDs, do you? You've been reading Golf Babes long enough to know these golfers, right?)

Here is the full list of the women of Big Break Invitational, along with the previous seasons in which each appeared, with the year. (An asterisk means that golfer is a champion from a previous Big Break season.)

Women of Big Break Invitational

  • Anya Alvarez, Big Break Atlantis (2012)
  • Mallory Blackwelder, Big Break Ireland (2011); Big Break NFL Puerto Rico (2013)
  • Sara Brown, Big Break Sandals Resorts (2010); Big Break Dominican Republic (2010)
  • *Taylor Collins, Big Break Mexico (2013)
  • Selanee Henderson, Big Break Atlantis (2012)
  • Stefanie Kenoyer, Big Break Mexico (2013); Big Break NFL Puerto Rico (2013)
  • Tonya McCall, Big Break Florida (2014)
  • Kristy McPherson, Big Break VI: Trump National (2006)
  • Mary Narzisi, Big Break Florida (2014)
  • *Carling (Coffing) Nolan, Big Break Sandals Resorts (2010)
  • *Blair O’Neal, Big Break Prince Edward Island (2009); Big Break Dominican Republic (2010)
  • Ryann O’Toole, Big Break Sandals Resorts (2010)
  • Gerina Piller, Big Break Prince Edward Island (2009)
  • Elena Robles, Big Break Sandals Resorts (2010); Big Break Dominican Republic (2010)
  • Sadena Parks, Big Break Florida (2014)
  • Renee Skidmore, Big Break Florida (2014)
  • *Jackie Stoelting, Big Break Florida (2014)
  • *Emily Talley, Big Break Mexico (2013); Big Break NFL Puerto Rico (2013)
  • Maiya Tanaka, Big Break Sandals Resorts (2010)
  • *Kim Welch, Big Break Ka’anapali (2008)

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Marissa Steen

When Marissa Steen won the Symetra Tour's 2014 Eagle Classic on Sunday, she accomplished something only nine other Futures Tour golfers since 1999 have done: She won her third tour event of the season.

Here is the list of 3-time winners on the Futures Tour (now called the Symetra Tour) since that tour started awarding LPGA cards in 1999 (golfers won three times unless a higher win total is listed in parentheses):

  • Marissa Steen – 2014
  • Cindy LaCrosse - 2010
  • Mina Harigae – 2009
  • Vicky Hurst (5) - 2008
  • Mindy Kim – 2008
  • Song Hee Kim (4) – 2006
  • Lorena Ochoa – 2002
  • Angela Buzminski – 2001
  • Heather Zakhar – 2000
  • Grace Park (5) – 1999
As you can see, achieving this distinction is no guarantee of future LPGA success. But it's never a bad thing to be included in any group with Ochoa and Park.

Steen had a terrific week in Virginia, shooting no higher than 68 over three rounds and finishing with a 66. She won by four strokes. Her earlier wins in 2014 were at the Friends of Mission Charity Classic and Guardian Retirement Championship. In addition to the victories, Steen also has seven other Top 10 finishes in 2014. Unsurprisingly, she currently leads the Symetra Tour's Race to the Card money list. Her LPGA card via the Symetra money list is guaranteed for 2015 (although her specific ranking on the priority list is still up for grabs).

And, as a 3-time winner, she now has the option to play in LPGA Tour events through the remainder of 2014 (assuming her Category 13 priority gets her into the field).

Mirim Lee

It seems only appropriate that the winner of the very first Meijer LPGA Classic was ... a first-time winner. Mirim Lee.

But while Lee was a first-time winner on the LPGA Tour, the Meijer wasn't her first professional victory. Lee has three victories on the KLPGA.

Mirim is a rookie on the LPGA in 2014, however. Lee earned her place on the LPGA at 2013 Q-School, where she finished second to Jaye Marie Green. Lee's Q-School performance included a 61 in the third round.

At the inaugural Meijer, Lee tied for low round of the tournament with a second-round 64. A final-round 69 put her into a playoff against Inbee Park, and Lee won the playoff on the second extra hole.

The victory moved Lee up to 29th in the world rankings. Her previous best LPGA finish was a tie for second at the Founders Cup in March.

Meredith Kirk: Golf Pro Competing for Title of 'Mrs. America'

On Aug. 29, 2014, in Tucson, Arizona, beauty pageant winners from around the United States will meet to compete for the title of Mrs. America. Not Miss America, but Mrs. - this is the pageant for contestants who are married.

What does this have to do with golf? One of those competing is a teaching professional in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Meredith Kirk holds the title of Mrs. South Carolina, a crown she won in November 2013. MyrtleBeachOnline.com wrote about the pageant at the time, including this:

Before this year, Kirk hadn’t ventured into pageants, she said, “so I had to learn how to walk on stage with a swimsuit, to do that little model walk.”

Asked if she had seen “Miss Congeniality,” a hit movie from 2000, Kirk said she “totally related” to Sandra Bullock’s character.

“She was a cop, and I’m a golf pro,” said Kirk, a member of the Ladies Professional Golfers Association, “so I have that boyish thing in me. I’m really more of a tomboy at heart.”

On her contestant page on MrsAmerica.com, Kirk says that "the desire to change the face of junior golf in America and internationally through my organization, Junior Golf Exchange (JGE), has driven me to reach for great heights!"

The Junior Golf Exchange is a non-profit founded by Kirk and endorsed by Hall of Famer Larry Nelson. The JGE's mission is to fit junior golfers ages 14 and under with golf clubs at no cost. The JGE website explains:

When a child registers into the exchange, they will receive a complete golf set including a bag, fitted for their gender, height, and skill level. As a child out grows their golf clubs, they can then make an exchange at a participating golf course and upgrade to their next fitted set...at no cost, once a year... up until their 14th Birthday.

Visit JuniorGolfExchange.org for more details and to find participating golf courses in your area.

Kirk, who has been a golf professional for 16 years, explains more about the JGE in this video produced by Golfing World:

Sounds like a great cause. Best of luck to Meredith at the Mrs. America pageant, and especially in growing the Junior Golf Exchange.

Blair O'Neal Re-Launches Website

Here are a couple screengrabs from Blair O'Neal's website, blaironeal.com, which relaunched today with a new look and some new content. And it looks great - a very clean, uncluttered design.

The media section includes both video and photos, and visitors can select among Fashion, Fitness and Golf images. The Pro Shop includes autographed photos, balls and gloves, among other things. Pay Blair a visit.

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