Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Monday, July 30, 2007

Nicole Castrale

nicole castrale picturesNicole Castrale, by request. Nicole graduated from the University of Southern California in 2001, then joined the Futures Tour, playing under her maiden name, Nicole Dalkas. She first gained non-exempt status on the LPGA Tour in 2002, and played 8 LPGA tournaments that year and 10 more in 2003. But it wasn't until 2006 that Castrale earned full playing privileges on the LPGA by finishing second on the 2005 Futures Tour money list. She made 22 of 26 cuts last year, with a high of third place, and finished 33rd on the money list.

Nicole's first LPGA win came earlier this year at the Ginn Tribute, and she has four other Top 10s in 2007.

Interesting side note: Castrale was a longtime student of Dick Harmon's (of the famous Harmon golf instructors family). When Dick passed away last year, Nicole started working with Bill Harmon, who can currently be seen as one of the panelists on The Golf Channel's "Fore Inventors Only." In an LPGA Quick 18 Q&A, when asked to name her dream foursome, Nicole replied, "The four Harmon brothers" (Billy, Butch, Craig and Dick).

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Natalie Gulbis

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Congratulations to Natalie Gulbis for winning her first LPGA Tour tournament, the prestigious Evian Masters in France. She earned it, too, moving into contention on Saturday, then leading for much of Sunday before beating Jeong Jang in a playoff.

Great job, Natalie! And nice job with the photo, too.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Stefanie Michl

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Stefanie Michl is a 21-year-old Austrian who is in her first season as a member of the Ladies European Tour (see her LET profile). Her LET career is off to a bit of rough start, she's cashed in just two tournaments thus far in 2007. In 2006 Michl played on the Telia Tour and also got into a few LET events, including the Swiss Open where she finished sixth.

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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Blair O'Neal

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Here's a shot from one of Blair's most recent photo shoots, this one with San Francisco-based photographer Allesandro Desogos.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Stina Sternberg

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Each new episode of The Golf Channel's "Fore Inventors Only" sends searches for Stina Sternberg through the roof. So here you go.

Wouldn't you like to go spelunking with Stina?

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Valeria Ochoa

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Valeria Ochoa debuted on "Big Break III" and then reappeared on "Big Break VII: Reunion." She's also been seen on the World Challenge segments on "Golf With Style."

Val is currently making celebrity appearances for sponsors and clients and also plays in many celebrity tournaments. She's also pursuing television work in the U.S. and in Latin America.

She also runs the Valeria Ochoa Golf Academy at Miccosukee Resort in Miami.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Paula Swims With the Fishes

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Yeah, I know, dolphins aren't fish, they're mammals. But "swim with the mammals" just doesn't sound right.

Anyway, this is Paula Creamer at Orlando's Discovery Cove during the taping of a new Golf Channel series called "My World." Each episode will go behind-the-scenes with a different PGA Tour or LPGA Tour player (more here).

In Paula's episode, she also learns how to make sushi. Using dolphin-safe tuna, I'm sure.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Stina Sternberg

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I think Stina Sternberg would look great in any type of hat ...

Stina, of course, is an editor with Golf For Women magazine whose articles also appear in Golf Digest and many other publications. She also has a lot of TV time, both as a segment host and as a show host, most notably as host of "Golf With Style" on The Golf Channel; and currently as a judge on TGC's "Fore Inventors Only."

A good friend of Annika Sorenstam's, Stina is from Sweden. She got into the golf business at age 14 as a part-time club repairer at a pro shop. Sternberg was later a member of the PGA of Sweden teaching division. She got into television working for Swedish TV in the early 1990s, then moved to the States and began reporting from New York from Swedish television.

Before entering the publishing industry in 1999, Stina was owner and head pro at two pro shops, one in Gothenburg, Sweden, and one in Westport, Conn.

You'll probably enjoy this YouTube clip of her, too. Try to focus on the clubs. We dare you.

Monday, July 16, 2007

Brittany Lincicome

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Brittany Lincicome is the defending champion at the HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship, which is up this week on the LPGA schedule. Lincicome had a fantastic run at last year's Match Play that included beating Michelle Wie, Lorena Ochoa and Juli Inkster for her first LPGA win.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Katy Jarochowicz

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The lovely Katy J is Australian, a native of Wollongong (don't you love Aussie place names?) in New South Wales. Now 24, she turned pro in 2004 at the age of 21. That followed an amateur career in which she was first the No. 1-ranked junior in NSW, then the No. 1-ranked amateur in the state.

In 2003 Katy won the Australian Ladies Amateur Championship; in 2004 she represented Australia in the Espirito Santo Trophy (World Cup) competition. She also, along the way, won a couple team tournaments with her mates Carlie Butler (1999 NSW Ladies Foursomes Championship) and Sarah Kemp (2004 Tasmanian Ladies Foursomes Championship).

Since turning pro, Jarochowicz has competed on Australia's ALPG Tour, on the Ladies European Tour, on the Futures Tour, and on the Sweden-based Telia Tour. She currently has non-exempt status on the LET and is playing primarily on the Telia Tour this year. She'll be back at the LET Qualifying Tournament later in the year hoping to earn full LET playing privileges for 2008.

See also Katy's profile on the LET site.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Venus Williams

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Hank Kuehne's girlfriend won her fourth Wimbledon singles championship, so congrats to Venus. Kuehne was in London supporting Venus from the family box, and Venus talked about her relationship with Hank a little bit. See here

Elin Nordegren

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Congratulations to Elin and Tiger on the birth of their daughter, Sam Alexis Woods. And to Tiger for being married to Elin.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Patricia Carvalho

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As I told Patty, "If you're not modeling, you should be."

Patricia Carvalho is the top female golfer in Brazil. She turns 22 in about 10 days, and she'll likely be turning pro later in the year - Patty is looking at playing the Futures Tour Qualifying Tournament in November. Earlier this year she spent four months at the Leadbetter Academy in Florida working toward that goal.

Patty has also represented Brazil three times in the Women's World Amateur Team Championship, first in Malaysia (2002), then in Puerto Rico (2004); and again last year when the tournament was played in South Africa.

My thanks to Patty for sharing this photo with us.

Patricia deve também ser uma das mulheres mais bonitas no Brasil!

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Cristie Kerr

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Congratulations to Cristie Kerr on winning the U.S. Women's Open. At Golf Babes, we celebrate with a photo.