Brooke Henderson

As this is written, 17-year-old Brooke Henderson is in the lead at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic with two rounds to go. She shot 70-65 in the opening two rounds. On Lydia Ko's 18th birthday, who knew that a golfer even younger than Ko would steal some of the spotlight?

It's not a surprise, however, that Brooke is doing well in her rookie year as a pro. You only have to consider what she accomplished as an amateur in 2014: She was runner-up at the U.S. Women's Amateur; she won the Junior Orange Bowl, South Atlantic Ladies' Amateur Championship, Scott Robertson Memorial, Porter Cup and the Ontario Women's Amateur Championship. She made the cut at the Kraft Nabisco Championship and finished 10th at the U.S. Women's Open, earning low amateur honors.

But Henderson was winning professional tournaments even earlier: When she was still only 14, she won a tournament on the CN Canadian Women's Tour. And in 2014 - it was a big year - Brooke won two more Canadian Women's Tour tournaments. She ended 2014 as the No. 1-ranked amateur in the world rankings, then late in the year turned pro.

Henderson is playing the LPGA without any status in the early part of 2015; her request for an age waiver to take part in Q-School at the end of 2014 was denied. But if she keeps playing the way she has so far this week, Brooke will have enough money - or even a win - to gain status (or membership) sometime this season.

The following photo shows Brooke after winning low amateur honors at the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur. With her is her caddie that week, who also happens to be her sister, Brittany. (Brittany Henderson is a highly accomplished golfer in her own right: She made it to the final stage of LPGA Q-School in 2014; while at Coastal Carolina University she won the conference championship in 2012 and was the conference Player of the Year in 2013. Brittany is playing the Symetra Tour in 2015.)

Yes, Lydia Ko Is - Finally! - 18

We're writing this on Lydia Ko's 18th birthday. Wow. It's hard to believe Lydia is just now turning 18 both because she's been around so long and because of how much she's accomplished already.

Ko is the best female golfer on the planet, and she already has 10 professional wins (recapped here). There's no telling what heights she will reach - but there's also no reason to saddle her with expectations of becoming the all-time greatest (although that certainly seems possible, doesn't it?).

So let's enjoy Lydia Ko's last two years as a teen. Let's appreciate with wonder what she's already achieved, and look forward with great anticipation to what might still be ahead.

(The bottom photo shows Lydia with her buddy Danielle Kang.)

Bianca Fabrizio Wins 2015 SEC Championship

(Photos: biancafabrizio/Instagram)

And the Southeastern Conference women's champion of 2015 is ... Bianca Fabrizio. Fabrizio, of Texas A&M, won the SEC Conference Championship tournament that concluded (rain-delayed) on Monday, April 20.

And the way she did it? By birdying her final three holes to catch and pass her Aggies teammate Maddie Szeryk. That's a special way to finish off a win. Fabrizio wound up at 9-under 207, winning by two strokes. That score tied the tournament record.

Fabrizio and Szeryk also led the Aggies to the team championship. So quite a week for Fabrizio.

Fabrizio is Italian, coming to College Station by way of Treviso. This is her sophomore season at A&M. Her best tournament finish as a freshman was a 12th place.

Her first college win came earlier this year, and in similar style to her SEC championship: She birdied the final two holes at the Florida State Matchup, which forced a playoff. She then won the playoff.

Bianca is currently ranked No. 234 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, but is likely to climb after her SEC title. She's No. 95 in the European rankings.

Augusta James

Just four tournaments into her career as a professional golfer, Augusta James is a winner. James took the trophy at the Chico's Patty Berg Memorial on the Symetra Tour, which finished in Ft. Myers, Florida, on April 19.

James, from Canada, got off to a terrible start after leaving North Carolina State University to turn pro: She was DQ'd from her first Symetra Tour event, the Gateway Classic.

This is a nice way to recover! James finished 56th in her second start and 30th in her third. And now, in her fourth, she's the champion.

James carded rounds of 69-70-72-67 for a total of 10-under par 278, beating runners-up Brianna Do and Laura Kueny by four strokes.

Augusta, age 21, won the 2014 Canadian Women’s Amateur one week before her brother, Austin, won the Canadian Junior Boys Championship. This makes them, Golfweek reported, "the first siblings in Golf Canada history to win national titles in the same year."

James was the Freshman of the Year in the ACC in 2012, an All-America selection in 2013 and 2014, and the MVP of the N.C. State golf team three years running.

Meet the Women of Golf Channel's 'Altered Course'

The new Golf Channel competition series Altered Course begins on June 15, 2015. We told you a while back about Kristen Kenney, the host and play-by-play announcer for the show (view photos).

And as a refresher about the show format, we'll quote from that earlier post: "Altered Course pits 2-person teams who must showcase their physical fitness as well as their golf prowess. They race against the clock while trying to beat other teams' golf scores, playing across multiple normal golf holes that have been combined into one monster hole."

Today, the Golf Channel announced the 2-person teams that are competing on the show, and three of those teams are made up of women. So let's meet the female cast members on Altered Course:

Milena Savich and Ariana Savich

Yes, they are sisters! Golf Channel has assigned (or maybe the competitors came up with them themselves) hashtags for each team, and the Saviches are #SerbianSisters. Milena and Ariana were both born in Carmel, Ind., but their father is Serbian.

Milena is 25, Ariana 23; both are professional golfers: Milena plays on the Symetra Tour, but Ariana is currently working in the Communications department of the LPGA Tour.

In college, Milena played for the University of Georgia and Ariana the University of Missouri. They have played together as a team before: they represented Serbia in the European Team Championships and the World Amateur Team Championships.

"Can't believe they're putting us on TV together!" Ariana said on Instagram. I can believe it: If they didn't, Milena might have taken someone in a headlock with those impressive guns! Don't get her mad, guys.

Jada Patipaksiri and Amelia Ek

"I am SOOO THRILLED to announce that I am part of a new reality competition series called ALTERED COURSE on the Golf Channel!!" Jade posted on Facebook. "It will feature golf & fitness, and demonstrate mental toughness like you have NEVER seen before."

The hashtag for Patipaksiri and Ek is #TheFrenemies. Why? They've known each other since they were children, which means they grew up trying to beat each other on the golf course. Then there was that time period when Amelia was dating one of Jada's brothers ... hey, it's complicated. Today they are friends and teammates.

Jada, 24, plays on the Symetra Tour and on mini tours, but Amelia, 25, decided this year to move into the corporate world.

Eileen Kelly and Kyla Inaba

Eileen and Kyla are the #CanadianNinjas. We don't know about the ninja part (you never do know about ninjas - until it's too late, eh?), but they are definitely Canadian! British Columbian, to be more exact. Kyla, 28, and Eileen, 27, were college teammates at the University of British Columbia.

"Seriously the most fun and intense ‪#‎golf‬ I have ever played!!" said Eileen on Facebook. (We've featured Eileen on Golf Babes, before, btw.)

Eileen turned pro for Altered Course and is playing minitours in 2015. Kyla is the more experienced pro, and is playing the Symetra Tour in 2015.

For more details about the show, its format and the other teams, see the Golf Channel's Altered Course microsite.

Related post:
Meet Kristen Kenney, host of Altered Course

Annabel Rolley in a Bikini

Yes, Golf Channel instructor/host Annabel Rolley is a beauty. And that means she's done glamour shoots for a golf magazine in the past ... and surely will again in the future. In fact, we know she will, because she said so on Instagram/Twitter:

And what photo did she post to Instagram? It's an image from that 2012 shoot she mentioned with Golf Punk magazine:

More Annabel Rolley pics

Annie Verret, the Beauty with Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth is only 21, but he's been with his girlfriend, Annie Verret, for quite a while already. That's because they were high school sweethearts.

Of course, he's now a multimillionaire professional golfer. And she is a recent college graduate. On his Instagram page, Jordan recently shared this photo:

Jordan captioned it, "Really proud of @annie_verret on an extremely successful college career! #shesgoodlooking #morehairthanme" Do you recognize the colors Annie is sporting? They aren't burnt orange (Spieth's University of Texas, although, remember, he left after only a year). They are the red-and-black of Texas Tech. While there, Annie majored in business and carried a 4.0 GPA.

Here's a photo of the pair in late 2013:

And one from mid-2014, on the occasion of Annie's 21st birthday (which makes Verret a cougar - she's a few months older than Spieth):

Here they are as part of the 2013 Presidents Cup team's visit to the White House last year:

And one more of Annie at age 19:

College Star Annie Park Turning Pro

Annie Park is going pro. The University of Southern California star has decided this will be her final season in college. When the current season ends in late May, Park will leave USC and turn pro. She is currently in her junior season.

Park played in LPGA Tour Q-School late last year and earned status on the Symetra Tour. That's where she'll play her first tournaments as a professional golfer in a couple months.

Park just turned 20 years old. She grew up in Levittown, New York, on Long Island, and while in high school played her way into the 2012 U.S. Women's Open.

As a freshman at USC, Park won the 2013 NCAA individual women's championship; she also carded her career-best round of 64 that year. She's a 6-time collegiate winner while at USC. Four of those wins came during the 2012-13 season, tying the school record for most wins in a year. During the current season, Park has a victory at the Windy City Collegiate Championship.

DVR Alert: Holly Sonders Cameos on FOX's 'New Girl'

If you've never seen New Girl on Fox, the sitcom starring Zooey Deschanel, now's your chance: Holly Sonders appears in the episode that airs on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Sonders let the cat out of the bag on Twitter:

(She was actually a day off - the tweet appeared on Monday, New Girl airs on Tuesdays. It's her first cameo, she's allowed to make a mistake.)

We don't know anything more about Sonders' appearance other than what's in her tweet: It's a cameo (she's not in the episode for very long), and she joins the cast on the golf course. No surprise to see Sonders showing up in a FOX series, really: After all, she left Golf Channel for FOX Sports this year. It makes sense for the network to promote her across its channels. She's certainly a star with the potential to become an even bigger star.

So, to satisfy Sonders' legions of fans, here's a video about Sonders' appearance in's "Most Beautiful Women in Golf 2015" feature: