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Elin Nordegren

Mrs. Tiger Woods. Hmmm, does she go by Elin Nordegren, Elin Woods, or Elin Nordegren-Woods? Anyone know? I'm not sure. But I am sure that it's nice to ring in the new year with her.

Elin should be close to delivering the Woods' second child, guaranteeing golf's first couple a happy new year.

And we wish all of you the happiest of times in 2009.

Nikki Garrett

Hat tip to The Golf Girl for spotting this photo of Australian pro Nikki Garrett, a Ladies European Tour member and multiple winner. Why is she playing in a bee outfit? It's just a lark to help create buzz for the Jack Newton Celebrity Golf Classic, which was recently played to benefit the Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation.

The Women of Big Break XI

The Golf Channel hasn't released the names of the contestants for the next "Big Break" series, which will be "Big Break XI," but they did air a lengthy promo during the "Big Break X" finale. And that's good enough for us. So while the Golf Channel hasn't yet ID'd the women golfers featured on the next series, we will. "Big Break XI" will feature six men (we don't care about them) and six women playing on Prince Edward Island, Canada, for a $100,000 grand prize.

Here are the six women who'll be competing:



Kim Kouwabunpat: Kim "CanYouOnePutt" (above) was twice an all-PAC 10 conference selection while at Stanford, and was the MVP on the 2003-04 Stanford women's golf team. Since turning pro in 2004, Kim has played on the Futures Tour, Ladies Asian Golf Tour, Cactus Tour and the CN Canadian Women's Tour. She just launched her Web site a couple weeks ago at KimCanYouOnePutt.com. There'll you learn a lot abou…

Jayvie Agojo

Jayvie Agojo is a senior on the Pepperdine University women's golf team. A native of the Philippines, Jayvie was three times named "Outstanding Women's Golfer of the Year" by the Philippines Sports Writers' Association, while still in high school. She won the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships in 2002 and 2003, was a member of the Philippines National Team, and was the No. 1-ranked junior golfer in her home country.

After hitting Southern California, Jayvie earned All-West Coast Conference honors during a freshman season that culminated in her being named WCC Freshman of the Year. In her sophomore season, she posted five Top 10 finishes. In both her sophomore and junior years, she again earned all-conference honors.

Her senior season is looking like more of the same. Jayvie helped lead Pepperdine to second-, tenth- and first-place finishes in the team's Winter season tournaments. Jayvie herself had a third-place and a sixth-place showing in those …

Maria Verchenova

Maria Verchenova is a pioneer in the world of Russian golf. Heck, five years ago there was no world of Russian golf! Now, Maria is the only Russian playing on the Ladies European Tour - or, for that matter, on any other non-feeder tour around the world (the Kostina sisters play on the Futures Tour).

A couple weeks ago, she told the Times of London how she got started:

"My dad took me to the Czech Republic when I was 12 and we went for a coffee at a golf club," Verchenova said. "The next day we went back and I tried hitting a few balls with a local coach. He said I had a talent for the game and I should play. When I got back we went to Moscow City Golf Club and that's how I started.

"I didn’t even know what golf was when I was young because my family was poor and everybody in Russia is focused on tennis. But thanks to my parents I was given a chance."
After several strong showings in European national amateur championships, Maria earned her LET card and 2007 wa…

Anna Grzebien

This photo of Anna Grzebien is another from her Wilhelmina 7 portfolio. The W7, you'll recall, is a group of seven LPGA players represented by the prestigious Wilhelmina Artist Management group.

Anna's rookie season on the LPGA Tour in 2008 wasn't quite as good as she would have hoped for, partly because her non-exempt status allowed Anna to play in only 15 tournaments, and many weeks she wouldn't know until the last minute whether she was getting into the field.

So she took care of that problem at Q-School last week. Grzebien finished third in the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament, earning full playing privileges for 2009. Anna closed the pressure-packed event with a 65, easily the best round of the day.

Look for the former Duke All-American to have a much higher profile on tour next season.

Anna Rawson

What could Anna Rawson be meditating about? Perhaps about the fact that she's earned another year on the LPGA Tour. In Anna's rookie season of 2008, she got into 13 tournaments and posted on Top 10. But she didn't finish high enough on the money list to retain her card, so it was back to Q-School. And there she finished tied for 12th, plenty good enough to earn priority status for 2009.

Stacy Lewis

Here's a golfer we'll be seeing a lot of in years to come. Stacy Lewis will be part of a stellar 2009 class of rookies on the LPGA Tour after winning the tour's Final Qualifying Tournament by three strokes.

Stacy completed her collegiate career at the University of Arkansas earlier in 2008, a career capped off by her inclusion on the American Curtis Cup team. While at Arkansas, she won the 2007 NCAA Championship, posted double-digit wins in other tournaments, and was a multiple All-American selection. Pretty amazing considering that she suffered from scoliosis as a child and missed her freshman season recovering from spinal fusion surgery.

Lewis turned pro in mid-2008, and several weeks later finished third at the U.S. Women's Open. It was her second Top 5 finish in a major; in 2007, still an amateur, she finished fifth at the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

Jeanne Cho-Hunicke

Jeanne Cho-Hunicke is probably best-known to date as one of the finalists on "Big Break V: Hawaii." But now you can call her a member of the LPGA Tour. Cho-Hunicke earned priority status by finishing 15th at the LPGA's 2008 Final Qualifying Tournament. Jeanne carded rounds of 71, 71, 69, 68 and 74, finishing 7-under par.

World Ladies Calendar: Beatriz Recari

The LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament begins on Dec. 3, with 140 golfers trying to earn 2009 tour cards. And Beatriz Recari is among those 140 in the field.

Bea, from Spain, has played the Ladies European Tour the past couple seasons. The image above is from the 2009 World Ladies Golf Calendar published by Golf Digest Japan. Bea is one of four golfers featured in the calendar.

Shayna Miyajima

Does this image of Shayna Miyajima, from her Play Golf Designs portfolio, give away her home state? Any guesses? Posing on a surfboard, with a flower in her hair. Yep, Shayna's from Hawaii.

In fact, she won the 1998 high school state championship there, putting her in the vanguard of the flood of golf talent emerging from Hawaii over the past decade. Shayna went on to play collegiately at San Diego State University. She turned pro in 2005, and has played on the Futures Tour the past three seasons.