Caite Upton and Back9Network's 'Off Par'

We wrote earlier about Back9Network's The Turn and its co-host, Erica Bachelor. Let's turn now to another of the shows that will debut when Back9Network makes the leap from online content to television network: Off Par, co-hosted by Caite Upton.

First, a reminder about what Back9Network is up to: The network has existed for a couple years as an online content destination, with plans to grow into a television network. That time arrives on Sept. 29, 2014, when Back9 debuts on the DirecTV platform. The network plans to expand to other cable providers in the future, as new deals can be struck.

How will Back9Network differ from the Golf Channel? Focus. While Back9 will provide golf news, that's not its focus; golf lifestyle is. Says Senior VP of Programming Scot Thor: "While we will certainly pay attention to professional golf's leaderboard, our coverage will focus on the lifestyle of the game where golf enthusiasts are spending their time and money - the courses and resorts they can play, the latest fashion, gadgets and equipment, and the behind-the-scenes stories that will highlight the personalities and characters that make golf so much fun."

Off Par is described as "an inventive look at the world of golf and entertainment, with a comedic twist." The co-hosts are comedian/actor Matty Blake and model Caite Upton. Off Par will air in the 8 p.m. (Eastern) timeslot on weeknights, with its hosts and a "rotating cast of characters" having fun with "viral internet videos, user-generated social media content, golf-themed skits and guest appearances by other comedians."

Upton was Miss South Carolina Teen USA in 2007, and in 2010 she was a contestant on the 16th season of the popular ABC reality series Amazing Race. Her full name is Lauren Caitlin Upton, but professionally she goes by Caite Upton. (Perhaps Caite Upton can welcome Kate Upton onto Off Par someday!)

At the 2007 Miss Teen USA pageant, Caite had an infamous meltdown trying to respond to a question about geography from one of the judges (why do they try to ask "serious" questions at beauty pageants?). It was an embarrassing episode, but to her great credit Upton never ran from it. On her Facebook page today, she describes herself this way: "I'm a Model/Host/Actress, former Miss South Carolina Teen USA (Yes, I'm THAT girl) AND Amazing Race finalist!"

Good luck to Caite and the rest of the Back9 talent as they prepare for lift-off.

Erica Bachelor, Co-Host of Back9Network's Flagship Show

Did you know that a new golf television network is about to launch? The Back9Network has actually been around a couple years as a web presence, offering written and video content while working toward launching as a full-fledged television network.

That launch is now scheduled for Sept. 29, 2014, when Back9Network goes live on DirecTV (the network is pursuing additional distribution and should expand to other cable systems over time). Back9Network doesn't think of itself as a golf-news network along the lines of Golf Channel; while Back9 will report on tournament results and will offer news segments, the focus of the new network is on golf lifestyle.

And one of the early stars of the network is likely to be Erica Bachelor, who will co-host, with Shane Bacon, what Back9 calls its flagship show, The Turn. The Turn, which will air daily at noon and 7 p.m. (Eastern), "will tackle the industry's biggest topics by blending news, analysis and user-generated content with behind-the-scenes perspectives from the game's most colorful icons and personalities," Back9Network says.

Bacon is a well-known blogger and writer, having worked for Yahoo! Sports and CBS Sports, and ... wait - enough about him, this ain't Golf Dudes!

Erica Bachelor's website describes her as "actress, producer and event planner." She has produced billiards broadcasts that aired on ESPN and worked with former Cowboys and Dolphins head coach Jimmy Johnson. But if you've seen her before, it's probably when she was hosting E! News Now on the E! Network - although it could have been in an acting role or TV commercial.

Erica is a Southern girl, born in Kentucky and raised in Missouri and Florida. She majored in journalism and advertising at Pepperdine University.

It will be interesting to watch whether Back9Network can grow and carve out another spot on the TV dial for a golf-themed network. Hopefully they'll succeed. One thing's for sure: the predominantly male golf audience should enjoy watching Erica.

Watch Christy Yun's 'Hot' Tip

A few days ago we told you about the Golf Digest video series called "The Sexiest Shots in Golf," and which features Anna Rawson and Blair O'Neal. Today, let's take a look at Golf magazine's own video series called "Hot Tip from a Hot Golfer."

The folks at Golf.com have been posting these videos for several months now, both on Golf.com and also on YouTube. And one of the hot golfers providing Golf.com's hot tips is Christy Yun. Here is Christy with a putting tip:

One thing you'll learn very quickly about Christy is that she loves a good hat.

Christy is a great choice for this series, for both the obvious reasons (Golf.com has also featured her in its Most Beautiful Women in Golf slideshows) and for this: She's a real, live golf instructor. She's a tournament player, too, a tour pro. Yun has won the Washington state championship and played collegiately at Columbia University. After turning pro she gained status on the Symetra Tour.

But lately she's focused more on building a career as a teaching professional. She's based in the greater Dallas area - Christy is a pro at Gleaneagles Country Club in Plano - but she also travels for clinics around the country. So keep an eye out for Christy Yun in your neighborhood, and watch for more video tips.

The Many Talents of Carly Booth

If you're on Instagram, like golf babes, and are not following Carly Booth, well, what's wrong with you? The Scottish lass and Ladies European Tour winner shares lots of pics, quite a few of them of the bikini or clubwear variety. Fore!

And she has many talents. Such as dancing up a storm in the clubs:

And walking on her hands:

She's a fun follow. Check her out at instagram.com/carlyabooth.

More Carly Booth pics

Lexi Thompson's 'Golf Punk' Photo Shoot

If you're a Lexi Thompson fan (heck, even if you're not - but, c'mon, how many Golf Babes readers aren't?) you'll definitely want to check out the latest online edition of Golf Punk magazine. It features an interview with the LPGA wunderkind, accompanied by a photo shoot that proves "little" Lexi is all grown up.

Here's a screenshot of the title page:

And here's a quartet of images that Lexi posted on Instagram, calling these "some of my favorite images" from the Golf Punk shoot:

If you're not familiar with Golf Punk, it's a UK magazine that was around for many years as a print publication. After a hiatus of several years, it relaunched a few years back as an online publication. Golf Punk has always presented golf with an attitude, and since it is aimed primarily at a male audience it has always presented golf with babes, too. Each issue typically features a "Bunker Babes" section (models posing on golf courses) and/or a "Swinging Sirens" section, which includes photo shoots with professional golfers or with celebrities who golf. Or, to put it another way, Golf Punk gets the Golf Babes seal of approval. We've highlighted Golf Punk content here several times before.

Lexi's photo shoot is accompanied by an interview, and keeping with the Golf Punk approach, the questions asked are not necessarily your typical golf questions. Some of them are cheeky. Here's is Lexi's response to one:

The best pickup line I've ever heard? Hah ... It has to be, 'Girl are you tired? Because you've been running through my mind all day.'

Hmmm, I have a feeling Lexi will be hearing much better than that going forward.

To check out the interview and Lexi Thompson photos, you can read the Golf Punk issue online here:
http://view.ceros.com/golf-punk/golfpunk-issue-9-ryder-cup/p/1

Anna Rawson, Blair O'Neal in Golf Digest's 'Sexiest Shots in Golf' Series

Way back in 2006, Golf Babes was born - originally inspired by, among several others, the golfers/models Anna Rawson and Blair O'Neal. Now, these many years later, Anna and Blair are part of the same video series: Golf Digest's "Sexiest Shots in Golf."

The videos - which Golf Digest posts on its own website as well as on its YouTube channel - feature O'Neal or Rawson demonstrating how to play a particular golf shot. GD started posting and promoting the clips in mid-2014.

First up, one of Anna's photos and clips:

And now it's Blair's turn:

You can find all "Sexiest Shots in Golf" videos to date - and keep up with new ones as they added - by visiting GD's YouTube playlist.