Friday, August 29, 2008

Anna Rawson in "Men's Health"

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This is Anna Rawson as she appears in the September 2008 issue of Men's Health. The spread includes Anna's thoughts on men ("Vocalize your feelings, make us emotionally comfortable, and put your ego away"), playing golf Anna's way, as well as several more photos.

Fellas, a dating tip from Anna:

"I'm a big fan of the third date. The first two are so awkward. If things didn't go well, keep after her. Women will give you the benefit of the doubt."

Sure thing, Anna. Give me those first two dates, and I'll definitely keep after you for a third! But, um, don't tell my wife.

More from Men's Health

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Cristie Kerr

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(Photo by Heinz Kluetmeier)


It was career win No. 11 for Cristie Kerr at the LPGA Safeway Classic. Kerr bested Helen Alfredsson and Sophie Gustafson in a playoff, after getting into the playoff with a closing round of 65 (the best round of the day). It's the first win of the year for Cristie, who is closing strong after what was - by her lofty standards - a lackluster first half of the season. Since mid-May, Kerr has finished no lower than 21st, and has five Top 10s in that span.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

So-Hyun Park

so-hyun park picturesSo-Hyun Park will soon embark on her sophomore season as a member of the Notre Dame women's golf team. Her freshman season? Only perhaps the best in the history of the school's women's golf program.

A native of Seoul who attended high school in Florida while working with Leadbetter instructors, So-Hyun became the first-ever All-American golfer for Notre Dame's women's program following the 2007-08 season.

So-Hyun set the school record for scoring average, posted the second-best tournament score in school history, and the third-best rounds in school history last season. She was named All-Big East Conference. She finished in the Top 7 in nine of her 11 tournaments last year, including two victories and four runners-up.

The Notre Dame athletics Web site describes her as "a special player that wants to help the Notre Dame program reach unprecedented heights ... a very focused and motivated golfer ... a very consistent golfer who hits a lot of quality golf shots that allows her to be more aggressive on the course."

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Jodi Ewart

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It's been a great summer for English amateur Jodi Ewart, if you don't count the British weather:

  • She was a member of the Great Britain & Ireland team taking on the U.S. in Curtis Cup at The Old Course.
  • She was a member of Team England at the European Team Championships, and set a course record during the competition.
  • She successfully defended her title in the English Ladies Stroke Play Championship, coming from seven strokes down in the final round to win in a playoff.
  • She played in a professional tournament for the first time, making the cut (and tying Laura Davies) in the LET Wales Ladies Championship.

As for that British weather, Jodi won't have to worry about it soon enough: She's due back in Albuquerque for her junior season at the University of New Mexico, where she is the two-time WAC Player of the Year.

Below is an interview with Jodi after her title defense at the English Stroke Play.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Lotta Wahlin

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Lotta Wahlin is having a great season on the Ladies European Tour: Seven Top 10s, three wins, including her playoff victory at the Wales Ladies Championship this past weekend.

Lotta, from Linkoping, Sweden, has consistently improved in each of her seasons on the LET. She finished third on the Telia Tour Order of Merit in 2005, earning LET membership. In her first full LET season, 2006, she was 39th on the money list. In 2007, she moved up to 21st on the strength of seven Top 10s. And this year has notched her first LET victories and currently stands fifth on the Order of Merit.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Katherine Hull

katherine hull picturesKatherine Hull won the Canadian Women's Open for her first LPGA Tour victory. It was Hull's third Top 10 finish of 2008 and jumped her into the Top 20 on the LPGA money list.

Katherine is one of the Aussies on tour. She was part of Australia's winning team at the 2002 World Team Championships. She played collegiately for Pepperdine, where she was a two-time first-team All-American selection, won eight tournaments, was named 2003 NCAA Player of the Year and won the Dinah Shore Award in 2003.

She turned pro in 2003 and headed to the Futures Tour, where she quickly won twice - including her very first tournament as a pro. Later that year at Q-School, Katherine earned non-exempt status for the LPGA, and 2004 was her rookie season.

In that rookie season, her best finish was sixth; and in 2005, she had a runner-up. Both years Katherine was inside the Top 70 on the LPGA money list. But 2006 was a struggle, with only five cuts made. She rebounded in 2007, finishing 60th on the money list, and is having a breakout 2008.

Below, Hull (left) hangs out with fellow golfer Catherine Cartwright prior to a New York Mets game.

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(Photos via LPGA.com)

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Henrietta Zuel

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Henrietta Zuel - who may still be better-known to some under the name she used to go by, Henni Brockway - had the best showing of her very young professional career in the Ladies European Tour S4C Wales Ladies Championship. Zuel was the second-round leader, and finished tied for third, one stroke off the lead.

Henrietta first played LET events at the age of 16. She won the 2007 British Girls Championship and turned pro at age 18.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Jeong Jang

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Another excellent season in progress for JJ. Jang currently stands ninth on the LPGA money list, seventh in scoring average, ninth in Player of the Year points. She's still looking for LPGA win in '08, but has been runner-up three times and third-place twice.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Mindy Kim

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Mindy Kim is playing the Futures Tour this season, but based on her play there she'll be a fully exempt member of the LPGA in 2009. That's because, with four tournaments remaining on the Futures Tour schedule, Mindy is second on the money list, nearly $30,000 ahead of the third-place golfer. She's guaranteed to finish in the Top 5 on the money list, thus earning her LPGA Tour card for next year.

Mindy, who turned 19 a month ago, is a native of Seoul now living in California. She turned pro in 2007, making 10 of 12 cuts on the Futures Tour.

This year has been a breakout season for Mindy, who has three Futures Tour victories - including at the Falls Auto Group Classic, completed Aug. 10 (she's holding the trophy above). She has nine Top 10 finishes in 14 starts, ranks second on the money list and second in scoring average.

In an interview posted on the Futures Tour Web site, this exchange took place:

Q: You must have really missed your parents when you won your first tournament as a pro this year in Kansas.

Kim: Yeah, I called my sister and she asked me if I made a lot of money. I said, "Not a lot, but I can get you a puppy."

Inquiring minds want to know: Mindy, have you ponied up a puppy for your sister yet?

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Johanna Head

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Johanna Head is part of the "Wilhelmina 7" group of LPGA golfers signed by the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency. She's the twin sister of "Big Break Kaanapali" golfer Samantha Head. And as I write this, she's in second place in the LET's Scandinavian TPC hosted by Annika.

Johanna turned pro in 1995, and in 1997 joined the predecessor to the LET. She won her first professional title in 1998, the Malaysian Open. She first gained non-exempt status on the LPGA in 2000, but competed mostly on the LET that year and returned to LPGA Q-School, where she again earned non-exempt status. In 2001 and 2002, she played about half the time on the LPGA, then in 2003 got in close to a full season. That was the first year Johanna had exempt status on the LPGA. A sixth place at the 2005 Canadian Women's Open is her best LPGA finish to date, but she has posted several LET wins during this time period.

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Maria Verchenova

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Maria Verchenova - shown above in a pose for a Russian magazine - is among the first wave of Russian golfers to make an impact on the world's major tours. Maria made it through Ladies European Tour qualifying in 2006, joining the LET for the 2007 season. She made four of 12 cuts in that rookie season, but did post her first top 10 that year. In 2008, Maria has cashed in all but one "regular" tour event she's played so far, and also qualified for her first major, the Women's British Open. She finished fifth at the Ladies Tenerife Open.

Before turning pro, Verchenova was the Russian amateur champ in 2004 and 2006, and also won the amateur championships of Austria, Latvia and Slovenia.

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Sunday, August 03, 2008

The Long and Short Of It

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Is it that Anna Nordqvist is tall, or that Ji-Yai Shin is short?

Answer: It's both! Anna and Ji-Yai pose with their trophies, the low-amateur silver plate for Nordqvist, and championship trophy for Shin, after completion of the 2008 Women's British Open on Sunday.

Shin won 10 times on the KLPGA in 2007, and four times so far this year, plus once in 2008 on the JLPGA. The Women's British Open win counts as her first victory in an LPGA tournament, but at age 20, she'll be winning plenty more. She now has membership in the LPGA Tour, too, and should be playing the LPGA full-time in 2009.

Nordqvist will be entering her junior year at Arizona State University coming up, and may well be the next big Swede on tour. She was runner-up in the British Ladies Amateur in 2006 and 2007 before winning it earlier this year.

(Oh, and Anna is 6-foot, Ji-Yai 5-foot-2.)