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Showing posts from October, 2012

So Yeon Ryu

Congratulations to So Yeon Ryu who, with three tournaments to go in the 2012 LPGA season, mathematically clinched the Rookie of the Year Award. How good has her year been? Well, she has 14 Top 10 finishes in 22 LPGA starts, including a victory at the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic. That's good stuff. As I write this, she is ninth on the money list and fourth in scoring average.

Maggie Noel

When Maggie Noel left college with a business degree, she headed not onto the fairways of a pro golf tour, but into the business world and behind a desk. Now, she's back in the swing and pursuing a golf career. We'll see her in the Ladies European Tour Q-School first-stage qualifier in Marrakech, Morocco, which takes place Dec. 6-9 2012. Originally from Houston, Maggie started playing golf through the First Tee program. Her junior and high school career was impressive enough to earn a college scholarship, and she played her college golf at the University of North Texas near Dallas. After graduating, she took a job in sales. But the lure of golf got her back into competition. In 2011, not long after returning to Houston and rededicating herself to competitive golf, Noel won the Women's TGA Texas State Amateur. Shortly after that success, she turned pro. In 2012, Maggie has played some events on the Cactus Tour, with a high finish of third place so far. And she pla

Maiya Tanaka

(Photo by Kathleen Kerstenbeck/courtesy of Maiya Tanaka) Because it's never a bad time to post a new photo of Maiya Tanaka. This one is from her most recent photoshoot.

Chelsea Bach

(Photo by /courtesy of Chelsea Bach) This is the first time we've featured Chelsea Bach on Golf Babes. Her story is an interesting one, because - especially in women's golf, where the paychecks are much smaller than on men's pro golf tours - sometimes a golfer's route to the tour life is a circuitous one. After playing many sports while growing up in a small town in Illinois, Chelsea turned her focus to golf in time to win the 2002 Illinois Girls Junior State Championship. A four-year collegiate career followed, three seasons at Illinois State and one at Eastern Illinois. But Chelsea didn't immediately pursue the life of a tour golfer. Instead, she detoured into the life of a club and teaching professional. She enrolled in the PGA Golf Management University Program and began pursuing her Class A certification to become a golf instructor. That entailed a move to Arizona. And you know what they have in Arizona? Lots of great golf course

Paula Creamer's 2013 Calendar

It's that time of year again: The time when Paula Creamer's calendar for the coming year is released by Golf Digest Japan . Paula shoots a calendar every year for GDJ ; alas, it is only offered for sale in Japan. But if you keep an eye on eBay and other online auction/reseller sites, you might be able to pick one up. Or, if you can read Japanese, check out this page .

Lexi Thompson

(Photo credit: @Lexi/ Lexi Thompson is all dressed up to attend the Hana Bank Championship gala dinner. She seems a little overdressed for that staff bag ... but her spikes are nice.

Cheyenne, Sandra and the Hana Bank Formal

It's Hana Bank Championship week on the LPGA Tour, and the folks at Hana Bank always post some great photos on their Facebook page . For example, here's Cheyenne Woods, playing on a sponsor exemption: And Sandra Gal: The Hana Bank Championship also throws a pro-am party that many of the players get dressed up for. Hee Young Park posted this pic on Twitter: From left, that's Azahara Munoz, Park, Vicky Hurst, Jodi Ewart, Cindy Lacrosse and Jessica Korda. The tournament also stages a fashion show with golfers as models. Here's a photo posted on Twitter by Michelle Wie: From left, that's Wie, Na Yeon Choi, Sandra Gal and Hee Young Park.

Sime Darby Gala

The Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia is the first stop on the LPGA's Asian Swing for 2012. One of the nice things about many of the international events is they tend to have gala parties for the players. Those players get glammed up, and some of them like to share photos on Twitters. Like these: (Photo credit: @natalie_gulbis/ (Photo credit: @Brittany1golf/ (Photo credit: @Lexi/ (Photo credit: @themichellewie/ The dresses worn by Natalie, Paula and Michelle were handmade from Malaysian materials in the traditional way. We also see above Lexi Thompson, plus Brittany Lincicome, Sandra Gal and Jessica Korda.

Stacey Keating

(Photo: Courtesy of Ladies European Tour) Two in a row for Stacey Keating. The 26-year-old Australian won her second consecutive tournament on the Ladies European Tour, earning the win at the 2012 Lacoste Ladies Open de France. That follows on the heels of Keating's win two weeks at the Ladies Spanish Open. And those two wins follow Keating's disqualification from the Women's British Open for signing an incorrect scorecard. Nice way to make up for a DQ! Keating told the LET: "After the disappointment of the British I was really low in confidence, but obviously not now, so I'm very happy. I've been playing well leading up to the British as well so it was just how I was going to handle it mentally as well I guess. "I had no expectations because I was so disappointed and that hurt me a lot. Nothing on the golf course can hurt me like that now." Stacey received the trophy from the president of Lacoste, with European Ryder Cup captain Jose Mari

Azahara Munoz

(Photo by Tristan Jones/LET) Azahara Munoz is playing in the Ladies European Tour's Lacoste Ladies Open de France this week, and there's a Q&A with her on the LET website . It includes this exchange: How do you assess your season so far? I feel great. So far it’s my best season and I've had a lot of top fives, top-10s and I got my first win, so I was really happy with that. It’s really hard to always keep playing really well. I play really well, then relax a little bit, then start playing really well again. When I start playing bad, I had to do so many things on the LPGA, so many interviews and things, I think that kind of got to me because I was tired and I was on the golf course from seven till seven the whole week doing things. I think that got a little to me and obviously I was a little tired. The couple of weeks we had off in the summer and I started playing good again. Aza is at No. 17 in the women's world rankings. She's No. 7 on the LPGA money l