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Merry Christmas from Golf Babes

Merry Christmas 2015 to all those celebrating. Happy holidays to all those who aren't. Happy New Year to everyone. These golf babes are in the spirit of the season. Arizona State University golfer Madison Kerley: Areum Jung: Carly Booth: Courtney Coleman: Paula Creamer: Pernilla Lindberg: Seema Sadekar: Sandra Gal: Jessica Korda and Nelly Korda: Paula Reto: Shasta Averyhardt: Su-Ann Heng:

2015 LPGA Q-School Graduates

Congratulations to all the golfers in the graduating class of 2015 LPGA Q-School. These 20 women are playing on the LPGA Tour in 2016. Some are familiar names, others will be in their rookie seasons as pro golfers. The medalist was Simin Feng (pictured above) of China, who dominated. Simin opened with a 65, followed with a 70, the finished with three consecutive rounds of 69. She won by seven shots over the runner-up, Grace Na of the USA. This is Grace: Here are the 20 qualifiers for next year's LPGA Tour: Simin Feng, 342
Grace Na, 349
Budsabakorn Sukapan, 349
Cyna Rodriguez, 350
Maude-Aimee LeBlanc, 350
Meghan Khang, 351
Cydney Clanton, 351
Ashlan Ramsey, 352
Laetitia Beck, 352
Nontaya Srisawang, 353
Gaby Lopez, 353
Julie Yang, 353
Cheyenne Woods, 354
Sandra Changkija, 354
Holly Clyburn, 355
Bertine Strauss, 355
Lindy Duncan, 355
Pannarat Thanapolboonyaras, 355
Jing Yan, 356
Benyapa Niphatsophon, 356 You can see the full scores here. The round of day for the final day goes t…

Instagramming With ... Belen Mozo

Let's go Instagramming with Spanish beauty Belen Mozo and find out what this LPGA golfer has been up to lately. Well, lately, she's been busy preparing for the final stage of LPGA Q-School. Don't worry Belen fans: No matter what happens at Q-School, we will see Belen on the LPGA Tour in 2016. She finished 101st on the 2015 money list, which means she still has status and will still get into some tournaments next year. But Mozo is playing Q-School in an effort to improve her status and get into more events next year. One of the things that means is fitness training: Needing to strengthen your glutes for weight transfer in your swing? Probably. Hip thrust is a great exercise for it @mathiouhealthservices / Necesitas fortalecer los glúteos para la transferencia del peso en el swing? Este ejercicio es muy bueno para activar los glúteos.A video posted by Belen Mozo (@belenmozo) on Nov 27, 2015 at 3:01pm PST And lots and lots of practice: The perks of living in Colombia. Natu…

How Two Friends Launched a Company: Backswing Golf Events

McKenzie Lyng (left) and Amanda Robertson What is Backswing Golf Events? It's a company that brings good golf and great personalities, and lots of fun, to golf tournaments and events. (That these golfers happen to be "golf babes" is just a bonus.) It's also a company that was founded fairly recently by two good friends making their first formal forays into the business world. All pro golfers are businessmen and businesswomen really, in women's golf, especially: there are travel arrangements to make, money to scrimp and save for entry fees, expenses to track and tame. (The PGA Tour guys all have "people" who do those things for them.) But founding their own company is a new experience for the Backswing co-founders and co-CEOs, McKenzie Lyng and Amanda Robertson. "I love it because whatever we do and however hard we work determines the outcome of how our business grows," said Lyng (you might better know as McKenzie Jackson from Big Break Mexi…

Savannah Vilaubi Gets Her First Pro Win

(Photos: @savannahvilaubi/Instagram) The second-to-last tournament of the 2015 Cactus Tour schedule concluded on Tuesday, Oct. 27, and it crowned a first-time winner: Savannah Vilaubi. Vilaubi not only won for the first time since turning pro, but she did so by posting a career-best 64 in the final round. That is gettin' it done. Savannah posted scores of 70, 72 and 64 to win the tournament, finishing at 10-under 206. That 64 included a birdie on the final hole, and she needed it: She beat runner-up Spencer Heller by a single stroke. In a post on Instagram afterward, Savannah wrote:"Gratitude over anything is what I'm feeling right now, but vomiting from the nerves is a close second ... I shot a new career low of 64 to come from 4 strokes behind and get the win! I'm so thankful for the beautiful girls I got to meet and play with this tournament. The camaraderie I've experienced on the Cactus Tour is so wonderful and such a blessing to be around. I'm so than…

Catching Up With Brandi Seymour

What ever happened to Brandi Seymour? You might remember her - we certainly do - for her time on camera at the Golf Channel. But Brandi's golf roots go back to her youth in Torrance, Calif., playing Western States Golf Association junior tournaments. She did well enough to earn a golf scholarship to Oregon State University. And Seymour graduated from OSU in 1999 with a degree in communications. After her college golf career ended, Brandi went home to Southern California and went to work in the public relations field. But after a while, that just wasn't cutting it. “My main thing, a couple years after I got out of school, was ‘How do I get back into golf?’" Seymour told the Corvallis Gazette-Times in a 2005 article. She got back into golf by getting hired at the Golf Channel. That was in 2002, and Brandi started at the network behind-the-scenes as an associate producer for spotting and scoring. What does that job entail? "Knowing where all the significant acti…

Nelly Korda Wins Stage II of LPGA Q-School

The second stage of the LPGA's 2015 Q-School is over and the winner is 17-year-old amateur Nelly Korda. Korda finished one stroke ahead of runner-up Grace Na at 3-under 284. She carded rounds of 75, 70, 70 and 69. The Top 80 finishers in Stage II move on to the final stage of 2015 Q-School, which takes place Nov. 30-Dec. 6. And Korda will be there. Nelly can remain an amateur if she does not earn her tour card at the final stage, a nice option to have. But if she makes it through, well, hello pro career.#TweetSomethingYouGetAlot "Are you Jessica Korda's sister?"— Nelly Korda (@NellyKorda) July 3, 2015 The answer to that question, of course, is yes. Nelly is the younger sister of LPGA winner Jessica Korda. And in fact, the sisters pulled off quite the feat just a couple weeks ago: They recorded wins on back-to-back days. Jessica Korda won the LPGA Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia on Oct. 11, 2015. The next day, Nelly won the AJGA Ping Invitational. And the Ping Invitati…

Maria Rodriguez is a 'Model' Golfer

You've probably already "met" Maria Rodriguez, even if you don't realize it. She's the golfer behind a viral Instagram video that's been making the rounds recently, including being featured by Golf Digest. Here is that video: Things you can do with a big butt and a good golf swing 🍑⛳️ @nanimerchiA video posted by @marirodriguez on Oct 21, 2015 at 8:17am PDT Maria Rodriguez is the one hitting the shot; her University of South Florida teammate Maria Merchan is the one whose booty is the "tee." (Is that brave, or nuts? Kids - don't try this at home!) Rodriguez is in her junior season as a member of the USF women's golf team. She's originally from Cali, Colombia, but moved to Florida to attend high school at the IMG Academy. Her brother Carlos plays on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica. Maria didn't make the tournament day roster as a freshman, but last season was a breakout one for her and she made the roster in all nine of South Florida…

Rachael McQueen

Rachael McQueen got some bad news earlier this year when visa issues meant she wouldn't be able to continue working as a PGA instructor at the Golf House Tennessee Learning Center (run by the Tennessee Golf Association). So she packed her bags and headed home to Troon, Scotland. "I loved living in Nashville and I miss my friends so much," Rachael told us. But this change also presented an opportunity. Rachael was spending so much time working on other golfers' games that she hadn't spent much time on her own. Going home meant being able to concentrate on her own game. "It's been great being home and finally pursuing my dream to be on tour," McQueen said. In Tennessee, working as an instructor, she "found it difficult to juggle working and practicing. Now I'm able to focus fully on my own game." That renewed focus on her own game means that Rachael is entering Ladies European Tour Q-School late this year. And an old friend has …

It's a Go for Brianna Do and 9 Other Symetra Tour Grads

The 2015 Symetra Tour schedule finished on Sunday at the Symetra Tour Championship, after which the Top 10 players in the final money list standings were awarded their LPGA Tour cards for next year. Congrats to these members of the Symetra Tour's "graduating class" of 2015: 1. Annie Park, $68,673
2. Giulia Molinaro, $68,632
3. Brianna Do, $64,877
4. Daniela Iacobelli, $62,692
5. Dani Holmqvist, $62,160
6. Lee Lopez, $61,731
7. Alejandra Llaneza, $61,289
8. Vicky Hurst, $57,814
9. Casey Grice, $55,621
10. Rachel Rohanna, $53,867 I want to point out what Brianna Do managed to do: This woman is clutch. Two tournaments before season's end, Do was on the outside looking in. She stood at 18th on the money list. If Brianna finished there, it would have exempted her into the final stage of LPGA Q-School. But who wants to play Q-School? Nobody! So Brianna did something about it. With just two weeks to go to get into the Top 10, Do finished second at the IOA Golf Classic.…

A Win for Lexi Thompson in Korea

A little Korean barbecue went a long way for Lexi Thompson this week, and she basted it in tour sauce. Lexi won the 2015 LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship by one shot. She was one behind entering the final round, but carded a 69 that included a late birdie on the 15th hole. That proved the edge she needed, and Lexi finished one shot ahead of runners-up Yani Tseng and Sung Hyun Park. It was Thompson's second LPGA win of the year. She won back in June at the Meijer LPGA Classic. And it was the sixth overall win of her (still very young) LPGA career to date.

Jessica Korda Wins in Malaysia

When you're trying to get back on the victory sheet after a period of sub-par play, weekend rounds of 65-65 really help. That's what Jessica Korda shot in the third and fourth rounds of the 2015 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia. In fact, the back-to-back 65s were the best rounds Korda has shot this year. And Jessica finished at 18-under, the second-best winning score in event history. She won by four shots over the formidable runner-up trio of Lydia Ko, Shanshan Feng and Stacy Lewis. Was this victory unexpected? In one way, no: Korda is, after all, one of the bright young stars of the LPGA with three previous victories under her belt. And she finished second in the tour's season-opener. But she had missed 8 of 12 cuts going into Malaysia, was left off the American Solheim Cup team, and had no Top 10s since that season-opener. Hopefully, this mean that Jessica is gone, and the Korda we know - the one who regularly contends and occasionally wins - is back with us. View image | g…

Olivia Cowan Wins LETAS' 2015 Order of Merit

Olivia Cowan may be dressed for the cold in the photo above, but she was on fire for much of 2015. And on Sunday she capped it off by winning the Order of Merit on the LET Access Series, which means Olivia has membership on the Ladies European Tour in 2016. Olivia tied an LETAS record with three wins this season, two of which she recorded while still an amateur. (Her amateur victories this year include the Portuguese International Ladies Amateur Championship and the Spanish Ladies' Amateur Championship.) After turning pro, Cowan won again, at the Norrporten Ladies Open. Cowan went into the season-ending WPGA International Challenge leading the OOM, and already guaranteed her LET card for next year. But it's always more fun to win your way onto the big tour rather than "only" qualify. (Although "only" qualifying is pretty darn good, too!) Cowan, from Germany, will be 20 years old when her rookie year on the LET begins next season. And she's definit…