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On the Go With Jin Young Ko

By the time the 2019 CP Women's Open came around in Canada, Jin Young Ko was a 5-time LPGA Tour winner playing her second full season in North America. By the time the 2019 CP Women's Open finished, Ko was a 6-time LPGA Tour winner. Ko was born July 7, 1995 in Seoul, South Korea. She turned pro as a golfer in 2013, when she was 18 years old. The following year she won her first KLPGA tournament. And from 2015-17, she won nine more. Ko finished second in the 2015 Women's British Open. Then, when she won the 2017 LPGA KEB-Hana Bank Championship, co-sanctioned by the KLPGA and LPGA, Jin Young earned her LPGA Tour membership.Jin Young Ko smooothin' it out https://t.co/1eS9WGhvdhpic.twitter.com/HKpV5DiLvC— Golf Babes (@golfbabes) July 6, 2019 And her first win as an LPGA member didn't take much time in coming. It happened in the first month of the 2018 season, at the ISPS Handa Australian Women's Open. Ko posted 13 Top 10 finishes that year and ran away with th…

Back In the Winner's Circle with Carly Booth

The long wait for another Ladies European Tour victory is over for Scottish golfer Carly Booth: She's a winner again after claiming the trophy at the 2019 Tipsport Czech Ladies Open. Booth, still just 27 years old, hadn't won any pro tour events since 2012. That year, she won twice on the LET, including her home country's Ladies Scottish Open, and seemed on her way to bigger things. There were some injury setbacks along the way, and although Booth maintained her status as a golf glamour girl she had trouble finding the winner's circle again. After seven years, though, Booth is back. Booth finished the Czech tournament, a dual-ranking event for the LET and LET Access Series, at 9-under 207 after rounds of 68, 69 and 70. She beat the quartet of runners-up — Finland’s Sanna Nuutinen, France’s Anais Meysonnier and England's Charlotte Thompson and Hayley Davis — by one stroke. “I’m a little bit flabbergasted by the whole day. I played good golf and I really had t…

Gabriela Ruffels, 2019 U.S. Women's Amateur Champ

Gabriela Ruffels won the 2019 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship by defeating Albane Valenzuela in one of the most closely contested finals in recent memory. The final score was 1-up in favor of Australian Ruffels, but the two golfers were never separated by more than one hole after starting the final 18 all square. A birdie on the 35th hole gave Ruffels a 1-up lead, and she won the match and the tournament with a halve on the final hole. It was the second loss in the championship match for Valenzuela, who plays college golf at Stanford. It was the first trip to the finals (her first appearance at all in the tournament) for Ruffels, who plays NCAA golf at Southern Cal. The 19-year-old Ruffels entered the tournament ranked No. 52 in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, while Valenzuela was No. 5. Ruffels comes from a sports family. Her parents were both pro tennis players (in fact her dad was Billie Jean King's mixed doubles partner at some Grand Slam tournaments, including runn…

Wiezy Got Married: Michelle Wie Wedding Photos

Earlier in 2019, Michelle Wie revealed that she was dating Jonnie West, a high-ranking front-office executive with the Golden State Warriors. West is the son of NBA legend Jerry West. It was not too long before West popped the question and Wie shared photos of her and West's engagement. Now, they've reached the ultimate goal: Wie and West are husband and wife. They got married on August 10, 2019, in a ceremony in Beverly Hills. And since news broke the next morning (how did they keep it secret?) of the wedding, friends of Wie and West have been sharing pics and video on social media.Wiezy and West walking down the aisle after becoming Mr. and Mrs., via https://t.co/PH9cWmZexGpic.twitter.com/kfGUTl7cuz— Golf Babes (@golfbabes) August 11, 2019 Here is Wie in her wedding dress and Hally Leadbetter in her bridesmaid dress: Here is West and Wie with Wie's good buddy Danielle Kang at the reception: Marina Alex got in the photo booth with Michelle: Here's Wiezy with her…

Hotter than July With Patty Tavatanakit

It was quite a two-week-stretch in July 2019 for rookie pro Patty Tavatanakit: After nearly tying the LPGA all-time scoring record, she earned her first victory as a pro on the Symetra Tour. After winning the 2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Championship, Tavatanakit, a native of Thailand who played her college golf at UCLA, turned pro in May at the age of 19. And in her first three starts on the Symetra Tour, she finished in the Top 10 all three times. One of those was a runner-up finish at the Prasco Charity Championship. And another was that first win at the Donald Ross Classic in Indiana, a tournament that concluded on July 13. After the win, Patty tweeted: "When you believe in yourself and have goals, the sky's the limit. ruly unforgettable experience ... this week with my first professional win at the Donald Ross Classic! Thank you to everyone who helped get me here, I'm going to enjoy this." Tavatanakit opened with a 66, added a 70 in Round 3, then clo…

Meet Golf Channel Host Anna Whiteley

Who is the newest face on the Golf Channel? Anna Whiteley. She officially joined the cast of Morning Drive beginning on June 3, 2019. On that date, Whiteley began her job as a full-time co-host on the network's daily news show. Whiteley is British, so the move from London to Orlando is a big step not just professionally but also personally. "I look forward to planting new roots in Florida and hitting the ground running with my Morning Drive colleagues," said Whiteley. Where have Americans seen Whiteley before? Golfing World videos are popular on YouTube. If you've ever stumbled from golf video to golf video on that site, you might have stumbled across Anna. She was the longtime host of the golf magazine television show, which also aired weekly on Golf Channel and Sky Sports. Whiteley has also appeared on Golf Channel before as a correspondent from the European Tour. And she's not the first British host of Golfing World to make the jump to the Golf Channel.…

Esther Henseleit an LET Rookie Up-and-Comer

Esther Henseleit, a young German golfer who reached 10th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings before turning pro, is now a winner as a pro. Henseleit, age 20, won the Skafto Open 2019 on the Swedish Golf Tour, an event co-sanctioned by the LET Access Series. Henseleit has been playing on both the Ladies European Tour and the LETAS in 2019. And at the time of this writing, she has a large lead in the rankings for the LET Rookie of the Year Award. Two weeks after she finished tied for the 30th at the 2019 U.S. Women's Open, Henseleit won by one stroke in Sweden. She opened with a 64 and closed with a 64, with a round of 68 in-between. That's some pretty great scoring! Her final score was 11-under 196 (it was a par-69 golf course). On the big tour (the LET), Henseleit has eight Top 10 finishes in 10 starts and currently sits third on the money list. She is definitely a strong contender to make the European Solheim Cup team. Her best LET finishes so far in 2019 include two run…

Photos of Jeongeun Lee6, 2019 US Women's Open Champ

Jeongeun Lee6 won the 2019 U.S. Women's Open at the Country Club of Charleston — not just her first major championship win, but her first LPGA Tour win. Lee6 won seven times on the Korean LPGA, however, before joining the U.S. LPGA Tour at the start of the 2019 season. (Related: Why is there a 6 at the end of Jeongeun Lee6's name?) Right now she has blonde hair, but most of these photos show her natural black hair. Lee6 really embraces that "six." You often see the numeral, either written as a number (6) or spelled out (Six), on her clothing (where "6IX" is part of her logo), and always see it on her bag. She marks her ball with a 6. Her nickname is "Lucky 6" and that is also the name of her fan club. You sometimes see her name spelled "Jeong Eun Lee 6." KLPGA scoreboards often noted her as "JE Lee," and her caddie's bib at the USWO read "J.6.Lee." But you can just call her 6 or Lucky 6. Swing work with Jeong…

Annabel Dimmock Wins 2019 Jabra Ladies Open

Annabel Dimmock is finally a winner on the Ladies European Tour and LET Access Series. Dimmock, of England, won the Jabra Ladies Open, a joint LET/LETAS tournament, and in so doing collected not only her first win on those tours but a spot in 2019 Evian Championship. Two places in the Evian were up for grabs at the Jabra, and French amateur Pauline Roussin Bouchard, the runner-up to Dimmock, gained the second one. Dimmock turned pro five years ago, but is still only 22 years old. She was one stroke off the lead at the start of the final round, but ended it one stroke in front. View this post on Instagram ICY /// @adidasgolf . . Good to be back in Morocco , some awesome new changes to the course 😍👊🏻 @letgolfA post shared by Annabel Dimmock (@annabeldimmock) on Apr 22, 2019 at 10:27am PDT Dimmock had four birdies on the front nine of her final round, finishing with a 68. Her final score was 7-under 206. The victory boosted Dimmock to 14th on the LET's 2019 Order of Merit. H…

Hot Start to Pro Career for Greta Voelker

Greta Isabella Voelker is having a very good start to her career as a professional golfer in 2019. After winning on an American mini-tour in February, she claimed a win on the LET Access Series in May. Voelker won the LETAS Neuchatel Ladies Championship 2019, which concluded on May 17 at the Neuchatel Golf & Country Club in Saint Blaise, Switzerland. Voelker took the lead after a 67 in the second round that turned out to be the lowest score of the tournament on the difficult course. (It was 10 strokes lower than her first-round score.) With a 72 in the final round, she finished at 3-over 216. But so did Annelie Sjoholm, so they went to a sudden-death playoff. And Greta won it on the first playoff hole. Back in February, Voelker won the Zellwood Station Tournament at 12-under par, an event on the NWGA mini-tour in the States. Greta is from Germany and has played a couple previous LETAS stops as an amateur. That includes a 16th-place finish in 2015, when she was 18, at the Ha…

Nuria Iturrios: Back-to-Back on the LET

Make that back-to-back wins on the Ladies European Tour for Spanish golfer Nuria Iturrios: One week after winning the 2019 Lalla Meryem Cup, Iturrios also won the next LET tournament, the Omega Dubai Moonlight Classic. After winning the Dubai tournament in early May, Iturrios took over the top spot on the LET money list, and it was her third career LET victory. The Dubai Moonlight Classic was played at night, under the light at Emirates Golf Club. Iturrios finished at 10-under 206, winning by one stroke over runners-up Olivia Cowan and Esther Henseleit. In the previous tournament, the Lalla Meryem Cup (completed April 28), Iturrios had a runaway win. She won by seven strokes, finishing at 13-under 279. Iturrios, 23 years old at the time of her two-fer, was born on the island of Mallorca. She turned pro in 2015 and currently splits her time between the Ladies European Tour and the Symetra Tour. Her best finish on the Symetra Tour so far — which she played for the first time in 201…

Linda Henriksson: WAPT Victory

Linda Henriksson is a pro golfer from Finland who has won on the LET Access Series, the feeder tour to the Ladies European Tour. In 2019, Linda is playing mostly in America and she has Symetra Tour status. But the week of April 8-14, 2019, Henriksson was in Louisiana playing the Atchafalaya Basin Championship. That's a tournament on the Women's All Pro Tour (WAPT). And Henriksson emerged as the champ — her first win the United States. We say "emerged" because Linda had to win a four-golfer playoff to claim the trophy. She got into the playoff by sinking a 16-foot par putt on the 72nd hole. That gave her a final-round score of 70, and a four-round total of 1-over-par 289. And it tied her with Riley Rennell, Kasey Miller and Catherine O'Donnell. But Henriksson ended the playoff quickly, winning it on the first extra hole. "I have so many people to thank and I’ll start doing that tomorrow. Now it’s time to CELEBRATE!" Henriksson wrote on Instagram.…

Jillian Hollis Claims First Symetra Tour Victory

Jillian Hollis earned her first career win on the Symetra Tour at the 2019 IOA Championship, and she did it with a late birdie and a late eagle in the final round. After struggling in very windy conditions for much of the round, Hollis rolled in a birdie putt on the 15th hole, then eagled the par-5 16th. After parring out, she finished at 4-under 212, one stroke ahead of runners-up Julieta Granada and Amy Lee. While it was her first win on the Symetra Tour, it wasn't the first high finish for Hollis, who joined the turn after turning pro in 2018. She finished eighth earlier this year in the SKYiGOLF Championship. Hollis had three Top 10s in her rookie year of 2018, including a runner-up finish.What's @freewilly_jilly working on? "getting my club more in front of me and on plane at the top" https://t.co/xsFBV0uCvfpic.twitter.com/HHqi286osw— Golf Babes (@golfbabes) January 10, 2019 In her 12 starts in 2018, Hollis showed great touch with the putter, ranking fourth…

Brittany Fan's Pro Career Off to Winning Start

Brittany Fan graduated from the University of Colorado in 2018. In 2019, her first year as a professional golfer, she already has two victories in pro tournaments. Not a bad way to start! Both of Fan's pro wins so far happened on the Cactus Tour, the highly competitive Arizona circuit for golfers looking to make the jump to the Symetra Tour and eventually the LPGA Tour. Many of the Cactus Tour golfers — and Brittany falls into this category — are in their first years as pro golfers and are gaining experience (and, hopefully, winning a few checks) that will help propel their tour careers forward. Win No. 1 came in the March 5-7 event at Sun City Country Club. There, Brittany carded scores of 72-68-69, finishing at 7-under 209, then won on the first hole of a playoff. Win No. 2 for Fan came in the March 27-29 event, where she posted scores of 74-71-70, finishing at 1-under 215. Once again she had to go into a playoff, and once again she won it. Brittany is from Pearl City, Haw…

Big Win for Olivia Mehaffey at 2019 Bruin Wave

If you're looking for NCAA golfers who are strong candidates to become good LPGA Tour players, Olivia Mehaffey better be on your list. The Arizona State (by way of Ireland) golfer is back in the winner's circle after claiming the 2019 Bruin Wave Invitational (hosted by UCLA) on February 26. On a difficult course, Mehaffey finished at 4-over 220, winning by one stroke over a stellar field. It was Olivia's third Top 10 finish of the 2018-19 season.Our favorite kind of swing. "@OliviaMehaffey My favorite kind of Saturday morning 🖤" https://t.co/cFcp1Yd1Whpic.twitter.com/S85x5T9u5B— Golf Babes (@golfbabes) November 17, 2018 Mehaffey, a junior, earned All-America honors following her freshman and sophomore seasons. Her first NCAA victory was at the 2018 Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. She had eight Top 10 finishes as a sophomore. Olivia already has a long record of success at the international level. In 2016, she won the Irish Women's Open Championship…

Paige Spiranac and Textile Dysfunction

Remember that absurdist advertisement from the apparel company in which Phil Mickelson was dancing? Or, rather, "dancing"? That company was Mizzen+Main, and they are back with a great new funny video, one featuring Paige Spiranac. It's an ad for Mizzen+Main men's dress shirts, but it's also a parody of those Viagra, Cialis, Lavritra and other male, ahem, performance drugs. The ones that warn you to be on the lookout for a boner lasting more than four hours. So in this video, Paige isn't trying to sell men on erectile dysfunction drugs, she's talking about ... textile dysfunction. Dress shirts just not fitting you well, not matching your style? You might have textile dysfunction. Here is the Paige Spiranac/Mizzen+Main textile dysfunction ad: That's pretty funny, especially the exaggerated slurping at the end. But we still prefer our Paige the old-fashioned way, rapping golf balls:"Because you always ask to see where the ball goes. It fades. An…

Charley Hull Wins 2019 LET Opener

The 2019 Ladies European Tour season teed off in Abu Dhabi and Charley Hull claimed the trophy — her first win in more than two years. It's easy to forget how young Hull is because she's been around so long. Her first victory happened at age 16 in 2014 on the Ladies European Tour. At age 17 she was playing in the Solheim Cup. And she won the prestigious 2016 CME Group Tour Championship on the LPGA Tour. But Hull hadn't won since then. Until the LET season-opener, the 2019 Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open. Hull earned the win with a final score of 8-under 208, shooting 67-72-69. She finished one stroke better than runner-up Marianne Skarpnord. It was a wire-to-win win for Hull. But after Skarpnord set the clubhouse lead at 7-under, Hull got to 8-under and then needed par on the last to win it. She got up-and-down from a greenside bunker to do just that.