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Alexandra Forsterling

It's been a good couple weeks for German amateur Alexandra Forsterling. The young golfer plays for the German national team and also for the Arizona State Sun Devils in the NCAA. (Note that her surname is properly spelled Försterling, with the diaresis over the o. That is sometimes translated into English as Foersterling. We've gone with Forsterling because that is what Arizona State uses. Alexandra is also sometimes called Alex or Lexi.) So: What's happened recently for Forsterling? A couple weeks ago she won her native amateur championship, the German International Amateur, by four strokes. She carded rounds of 70, 68, 66 and 68 to finish at 272 and win by four. And last week Alexandra was runner-up in the European Ladies Amateur Championship. "I couldn’t be more happy with how the summer is going so far and I am looking forward to more tournaments soon," she wrote on her Instagram account . Forsterling had her first Top 10 NCAA finish as a freshman

Minjee Lee Becomes a Major Championship Winner

Minjee Lee is a major championship winner now. At the age of 25, Lee won the 2021 Evian Championship, seven years after winning her first professional title, the Oates Victorian Open, in 2014. Back then she was still an amateur. Minjee, from Australia, now has six career wins on the LPGA Tour, on which she first won at the 2015 Kingsmill Championship. That (among other achievements) stamped her as a player who could do big things in the years to come on the LPGA Tour. Winning the 2021 Evian is a big thing! A major thing, in fact. Lee fired a 64 in the final round to post a score of 18-under 266. Then she waited to see if anyone would beat that number. Nobody did. But third-round leader Jeongeun Lee6, after struggling through parts of the final round, finished with three consecutive birdies to tie Minjee. In the sudden-death playoff, Minjee won the battle of the Lees on the first hole, claiming her first major championship victory. Minjee Lee has a career best of No. 2 in the

Collin Morikawa's Girlfriend: Katherine Zhu

Who is Collin Morikawa's girlfriend? Katherine Zhu, and she's a very good golfer in her own right. Morikawa, winner of the 2020 PGA Championship and 2021 British Open, and Zhu have been together since their college days. Katherine Zhu was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, attended high school in China, and played her college golf at Pepperdine University in California. Truly an international golfer and person. While at Pepperdine, Zhu played for the Waves in 39 tournament. She had three Top 10 finishes and seven Top 20 finishes, and was named a WGCA All-American Scholar multiple times. While Zhu was playing for Pepperdine, Morikawa was starring at Cal. Morikawa gives Zhu, who goes by the nickname Kat, a lot of credit for keeping him grounded and helping him work through issues, both of the golf and life variety. She might also just be a good luck charm in his life. After winning the PGA Championship in 2020, Morikawa told the Golf Channel, "Kat has been by my side

Charley Hull IG Photo Roundup

Charley Hull isn't just busy on the golf course these days, but also on Instagram where she frequently posts fun, fetching photos. Including bikini selfies. And the entire golf world says in unison, "Thanks, Charley!" The 25-year-old Charley, by the way, is having a solid 2021 LPGA season, although she's still seeking that victory. As this is written, Hull is No. 38 in the world rankings. Her best LPGA finish so far in 2021 is tied for eighth at the LPGA Drive On Championship in March, but she also has finishes of 14th, 15th and 21st. All the following photos are ones Charley posted on her Instagram account, @charley.hull .

Esther Henseleit

Esther Henseleit just posted her best finish to date on the LPGA Tour: solo fourth. The 22-year-old from Germany was an LPGA rookie in 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the affect it had on the LPGA schedule last year, Henseleit is still technically considered a rookie in 2021. But she's not playing like a rookie. Henseleit carded rounds of 70, 64 and 67 to finish solo fourth in the 2021 Marathon LPGA Classic, earning the first paycheck of her career to top $100,000. Just a week earlier, Henseleit had tied for fourth place in the Volunteers of America Classic. She had a 12th-place showing earlier in the year, and finished 15th in the most-recent major, the Women's PGA Championship. After her showing in the Marathon Classic, Henseleit ranked 14th on the LPGA in scoring average, seventh in eagles, 15th in rounds under par, 16th in putts per GIR, and fourth in the Rookie of the Year points standings. She has two career wins as a professional, the 2019 Skafto Open

Elizabeth Szokol

Elizabeth Szokol made a splash at the 2021 Marathon LPGA Classic, where, as this is written, she stands tied for second place. It wouldn't be her first Top 10 finish on the LPGA if she maintains that spot, however. Szokol turned pro in 2017 after an NCAA career that started at Northwestern before she transferred to Virginia. In 2017, she had six Top 10 finishes in her rookie year on the Symetra Tour. That included a tie for second place as her season-best. In 2018, Szokol got her first professional win on the Symetra Tour at the IOA Invitational in May, then tied for the third the following week. Through the rest of the year, Szokol posted five more Top 10s, including in four of her final five starts. She finished fourth on the Symetra Tour money list in 2018, and that earned her an LPGA Tour membership in 2019. Szokol has been on the LPGA Tour since, and has had some close calls at victory. Her best showing in her rookie year of 2019 was tied for sixth in the Ladies Scottish

Ana Belac Making Mark in Rookie LPGA Year

Ana Belac had a terrific NCAA career at Duke University, and had a fine rookie year as a pro on the Symetra Tour in 2020. But what would 2021 hold for her as she embarked on her first year as a member of the LPGA Tour? So far, so good. Belac is marking a mark roughly halfway through her rookie LPGA campaign. The Slovenian, who is into weightlifting and who frequently changes the color of her hair, has missed three cuts. But she also has finished tied for 16th place at the Pure Silk Championship in May. And most recently (as this is written) is a tie for fourth place at the Volunteers of America Classic. There she finished at 12-under 272 with four consecutive rounds of 68. Following that tournament, Belac's season earnings jumped to more than $80,000, and she jumped into the Top 70 in the Race to the CME Globe points chase. Belac, now 24, won her first pro tournament on the Symetra Tour in 2020, the Carolina Golf Classic in October.

Stephanie Kyriacou's First Win as a Pro

Australian golfer Stephanie Kyriacou has her second win on the Ladies European Tour — but her first as a professional golfer. The 20-year-old won the Big Green Egg Open, played in the Netherlands and which concluded on July 3, 2021. A little more than a year earlier, playing as an amateur, Kyriacou earned her first LET victory at the Australian Ladies Classic Bonville. Kyriacou started the Big Green Egg Open (named after the popular grillers/smokers) with a 66. She followed that with rounds of 72, 65 and 67 to finish at 18-under 270. That was two strokes better than the runner-up, Sanna Nuutinen. The victory moved her up to second place on the LET's Race to Costa Del Sol points list. After that win as an amateur in 2020, Kyriacou turned pro and went on to earn the 2020 LET Rookie of the Year Award. In her last seven starts in 2020, Stephanie finished in the Top 10 in six of them, with a worst of 17th. She was runner-up at the VP Bank Swiss Ladies Open. Prior to her Big G