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Showing posts from March, 2011

First Win for Sandra Gal

(Photo: Wilhelmina Artist Management) Sandra Gal is a winner on the LPGA Tour. Gal earned her first LPGA victory at the 2011 Kia Classic, outdueling Jiyai Shin in a memorable final-round battle. And outdueling Shin is a really great way to make your first win even more special. A 6-foot tall German, Gal is not a long-ball hitter but more of a finesse player. Her rookie season on the LPGA Tour was 2008 and her previous high finish was fifth. On the money list from 2008-10, Gal finished 68th, 46th and 67th. The photo above, by the way, is from Gal's photoshoot for the " Wilhelmina 7 " project (which, as far as I know, is no longer operative). More Sandra Gal pics

Cristie Kerr

A well-deserved honor for Cristie Kerr at the 2011 Charity Fight Night: She was presented with Muhammad Ali Award for Sport Achievement. Charity Fight Night is staged annually to benefit the Muhammad Ali Parkinson's Foundation. That foundation will get half of Kerr's earnings at the LPGA Founders Cup, should Kerr finish in the Top 10. The other half would go to Kerr's own Birdies for Breast Cancer foundation. The photo above was taken on the red carpet as Kerr arrived for the Fight Night festivities in Phoenix. More Cristie Kerr pics

Henrietta Zuel

Congratulations to Henrietta Zuel for winning the Terre Blanche Ladies Open on the LET Access Series. It was the first professional win for Zuel, coming in her first start of 2011, and at age 21. Zuel, from England, is coming off her first full season on the Ladies European Tour in 2010, a year that she ended at No. 48 on the LET money list. Her first appearance on the LET was at age 13 in 2003. She's the 2007 Girls British Amateur champion.

Nannette Hill

Nannette Hill is in her second year as a professional golfer. She had partial LPGA status in 2010 and again in 2011. With the limited playing opportunities on the LPGA these days, Nannette will be playing predominantly on the Futures Tour this year, as she did last year. But this week, she's on the big circuit, playing in the RR Donnelly LPGA Founders Cup. And in 2010, she posted her first pro win, claiming the Futures Tour City of Hammond Classic. Nannette was a 3-time All-Conference selection during her collegiate career at Wake Forest, where she won once and posted 13 Top 10 finishes. While in college, she played her way into the 2009 U.S. Women's Open. A native New Yorker, Nannette was a 3-time New York State Junior Champion. Check out Nannette's blog , where she's writing about life on tour as well as posting some good fitness tips.

Belen Mozo

The Banesto Tour is a developmental tour based in Spain. Belen Mozo is a Spanish golfer based on the LET and LPGA. Getting in some swings, staying sharp, she entered - and won - the Banesto Tour's season-opener in Cadiz. Mozo, a former All-American at Southern Cal, is a player we'll be seeing a lot more of.

Charlotte Lorentzen

Charlotte Lorentzen, from Denmark, is on the Georgia State University women's golf team. And we're featuring her here because in the second round of the Gator Invitational tournament, she shot a 64. As Golfweek 's Lance Ringler tweeted, "Not often we see a 64 in women's college golf, but Ga. State's Charlotte Lorentzen had one in Rd. 2 at Gator Invite." Lorentzen's great round ties the school record, and is only the second round in school history below 68 for a female golfer. To give Lorentzen's 64 some context, I checked the team records for the University of Arizona, a school with a very strong history in women's golf. That 64 is two strokes better than the best college scores of Leta Lindley and Lorena Ochoa, and three better than the best college rounds by Natalie Gulbis and Annika Sorenstam.

Melissa Weber Jones

(Photo by Chase Hattan/Reverb Collective) Continuing with our posts about the Reverb Collective photo shoot involving PGA Tour wives, we come to Melissa Weber Jones. She's the wife of Matt Jones. Melissa is also a former Miss Idaho, winning that beauty pageant crown in 2009. (The photos below are not from the Reverb shoot.)

Erin Walker

(Photo by Chase Hattan/Reverb Collective) Erin Walker is the wife of PGA Tour player Jimmy Walker. And yes, this photo is from the PGA Tour wives shoot recently done by the studio Reverb Collective. When these images were first posted on, that site implied that all the women featured were angling for a reality TV series. But actually, only a couple of them are. Erin Walker has made clear on Twitter that she has no interest in a television series. "Inside The PGA Tour is the only show the hubby and I will be doing. Reality or not," she tweeted. Check out Erin's blog Tour Wife Travels . It's a great look at life on the PGA Tour circuit.

Leot Chen

(Photo by Chase Hattan/Reverb Collective) Leon Chen is the fiance of PGA Tour player Vaughn Taylor. This photo is from the shoot that several PGA Tour wives/girlfriends did with the Los Angeles agency Reverb Collective.

Liz Estes

(Photo by Chase Hattan/Reverb Collective) Liz Estes is the wife of PGA Tour player Bob Estes. This photo is from a shoot that several PGA Tour wives/girlfriends took part in recently. Some (but not all) of those taking part are also interested in taking part in a reality television series focusing on the lives of PGA Tour wives. Liz Estes is one of those interested in a show, and has even had some feelers out about the idea. She told , "We were approached by the guys who did Pawn Stars . We talked to them three times, but they never called us back. And then this guy from VH1 asked me to put a show together with the other girls, and I'm like, 'Well, I'm not putting it together.' " also says that Liz is "aspiring pop musician."