Sunday, April 20, 2014

How Are Ya? Hawaii-Wie

Michelle Wie is doing just fine, thanks. Which is kind of remarkable when you stop to recall how much crap she got (and sometimes still gets) from haters for things she did as a teenager. When, in reality, the things she was doing as a teenager were, for the most part, the kinds of things that would earn most people praise for precociousness.

It's also easy to forget that the problems with her game Wie encountered after those years of 2003-6, when she did many things that nobody had ever done before, were brought on by injuries.

All that is past, and just when you might think she's going to be written off Wie comes back with her first victory since 2010. It happened at the Lotte Championship in her home state of Hawaii. She did it by hitting green after green, and by putting solidly. Not great, but good. And "not terrible" is really all you have to be as a putter when you are hitting greens like Wie was in the Lotte (like she has been all year).

Can she keep it up? I sure hope so.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Lexi's First Major

(Photo: @Lexi/Instagram)

Congratulations to Lexi Thompson on her first victory in a major championship. The first of many? Thompson won the 2014 Kraft Nabisco Championship, and did so rather comfortably. Her ultimate margin of victory was three over a very game Michelle Wie, but Lexi's lead was in no danger from the early point of the round where she first stretched it to four.

How many more majors do you think Lexi will win? She's only 19. It's easy to envision her winning many more - she's a special talent. But when you think about that question, keep in mind how many majors the "Big 3" of the late 1990s/early 2000s won: Se Ri Pak has 5, Karrie Webb has 7, Annika had 10.

More Lexi Thompson pics

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Sydnee Michaels Responds to GD's Controversial Fitness Cover

Don't know if you've been following the controversy, but a lot of people are upset that when Golf Digest finally put another woman on its cover the magazine chose a pseudo-celebrity (Paulina Gretzky) instead of, you know, an actual professional golfer. I can see Golf Digest's side of things: The magazine is purchased overwhelmingly by men, so let's put a hot babe on the cover (and far be it for the proprietor of Golf Babes to scold some other publication for running pics of hot babes!) and maybe we'll sell more copies.

But there are plenty of hot babes who play golf on the LPGA Tour. And given that the issue in question is the fitness issue, they weren't even limited to photographing top players. An actual LPGA golfer hasn't appeared on a Golf Digest cover since 2008.

LPGA Tour member Sydnee Michaels made the point her own way, posting this on Twitter:

And what photo did Sydnee attach to her tweet? This one:

Well played.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Paula Creamer's Workout Regimen

Here's an interesting video posted by the LPGA about Paula Creamer's workout regimen:

Sunday, March 16, 2014

First Pro Win for Charley Hull

(Photo: @charleyhull1/Instagram)

The answer to the question, "When will Charley Hull get her first pro win?" is: Now! As in today, at the Lalla Meryem Cup on the Ladies European Tour. Charley, who is about to turn 18 years old, shot 62 in the final round to tie Gwladys Nocera, then won it on the first playoff hole. That's called getting it done.

Congratulations to Charley on what is sure to be the first of many, many wins. See the LET's tournament page for a recap, final scores and photos from the event.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Anna Rawson Now Chasing MBA

(Photo: @annarawson/Instagram)

What is former LPGA and LET golfer Anna Rawson up to these days? She's not hard to find. She's still modeling, and she stays connected to golf through appearances and as a presenter.

She's also in business school at Columbia University, pursuing an MBA. Adam Stanley tells the story for The Globe and Mail:

Anna Rawson is a sun-kissed Australian model who stands nearly six feet tall. She's also a professional golfer who played for several years on high-level circuits such as the Ladies European Tour (LET) and the U.S.-based LPGA Tour. And now, she's nearly completed her first year of an MBA program at Columbia University, an Ivy League school in New York.

How has she managed to do it all?

"Oh, I'm really nerdy," she explains. ...

Stanley's article explains the journey Anna took from Australia to the United States, from golfer to businesswoman. Rawson points out how helpful golf has been in opening doors to the business world:

"You start thinking about marketing and thinking about a business and building up yourself as a business [and] you realize they went really well together. I could be a model, and playing golf just added so much to my business and brand."

She also met several chief executive officers through corporate outings with Fortune 500 companies and became fascinated in what they were doing. She wanted to go down that path.

It was a path that led her to Columbia, and an MBA program ranked in the top five in the United States by the Financial Times.

Ms. Rawson admits that students who are concentrating in finance have a hard time believing the kinds of people - from portfolio managers to CEOs - with whom she's played golf. "They're shocked at the access that I got."

If you want a great update on Anna, read the full article.

More Anna Rawson pics

Monday, March 10, 2014

Melanie Collins of 'Big Break Florida'

Melanie Collins is the co-host of Big Break Florida, but who is she? She's a newcomer to the Golf Channel, but not to golf broadcasting.

On Collins' Twitter page, she intros herself this way: "Yahoo Sports Broadcaster, co-host of Big Break on Golf Channel, contributor to CSN California, NBCSN & The Insider on CBS."

One her website, we see a fuller picture of Collins' broadcasting history.

Collins' main gig currently is working for Yahoo! Sports, and in that role she reports from some of the highest-profile events in sports, including the Super Bowl. Previously, her website states, "... she covered the NBA for NBA-TV and Turner Sports, College Football and Basketball for the Big Ten Network and Total College Sports, as well as Major League Baseball for MLB.com. She's hosted segments on PGA.com, PGATour.com and Nascar.com."

Collins also works in entertainment reporting, including Yahoo's own OMG! Insider franchise. She's worked for E! News Now and reported from the red carpet in Hollywood.

And she describes herself as an avid golfer.

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Sharmila Nicollet's New Website

We just added a new site to our sidebar list of links to golfers' website: Golf Babes favorite Sharmila Nicollet. Check it out at sharmilanicollet.com. The site includes all the goodies: biographical info, playing schedule, photo galleries, etc. Some of the photos are from Sharmila's recent outing in her native India with Tiger Woods.

More Sharmila Nicollet pics

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Paula Creamer

I guess you could say that 2014 has gotten off to a pretty good start for Paula Creamer. First, she got engaged. Then, she ended her 3 1/2 year winless streak.

Paula's victory at the 2014 HSBC Women's Champions was her first since the 2010 U.S. Women's Open. It feels strange even typing that - Creamer always seems to be on the leaderboard. It's not like she was playing poorly during that time period; she wasn't. Things just didn't break right.

But you know what finally did break right? A whopping 75-foot eagle putt that she sank to beat Azahara Munoz in a playoff in Singapore.

I bet Creamer's next victory won't be nearly as long coming.

More Paula Creamer pics

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

LPGA Players at the 2014 Honda LPGA Thailand Pro-Am Party

Once again let us turn to social media to see LPGA players dressed up to party. Specifically, the golfers in the photos below are attending the pro-am party at the 2014 Honda LPGA Thailand tournament. All the photos were shared on either Twitter or Instagram by the players pictured.

Here is Irene Cho - ahem, make that Irene Coe (recently married) - with Cristie Kerr and Ai Miyazato:

Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel:

Danielle Kang and Lexi Thompson:

Here is Lexi Thompson posing with a hand-crafted rose she received in Thailand:

Brittany Lincicome, Anna Nordqvist and Sandra Gal:

Lydia Ko, Mina Harigae, Lizette Salas, Danielle Kang and Lexi Thompson:

Morgan Pressel and Nicole Castrale:

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Going Glam (or Traditional) at the Honda LPGA Thailand Welcome Day

Some of the LPGA's golfers in Thailand for the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament shared photos on Instagram or Twitter of their party attire for the tournament's welcome. Others dressed up in traditional Thai dresses for a photo shoot. Below are some of the pics that were shared.

Michelle Wie, Lydia Ko and Lexi Thompson, shared by @themichellewie on Instagram:

Paula Creamer and Michelle Wie, shared by @paulacreamer1 on Instagram:

Lexi Thompson, shared by @Lexi on Instagram:

Pornanong Phatlum, shared by the LPGA (@LPGA) on Twitter: