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August 15, 2011 | 2:46 p.m.

Getting her Break

Selected for the upcoming Big Break Ireland, Nicole Noelle Smith, a Golfweek blogger, will compete with five other female golfers for two exemptions on the LPGA and Ladies European Tours. Smith is pictured on the far right of the bottom row.
Selected for the upcoming Big Break Ireland, Nicole Noelle Smith, a Golfweek blogger, will compete with five other female golfers for two exemptions on the LPGA and Ladies European Tours. Smith is pictured on the far right of the bottom row.

"I had to pick myself up and get on with it, do it all over again, only even better this time." - Sam Walton

Since the season has started I have felt like something great is going to happen this year. I had no idea what it was going to be, what form it was going to come in or how it would eventually affect my life. Just something good was coming my way.

On March 30-31, the Golf Channel was holding auditions for the Big Break in Daytona Beach, Fla. at the LPGA Futures Tour event. Almost all the girls ...

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July 12, 2011 | 8:47 a.m.

Simply Paula

Ashley Crain
Paula Creamer was able to show off a vibrant wardrobe at the U.S. Women's Open in Colorado Springs.
Paula Creamer was able to show off a vibrant wardrobe at the U.S. Women's Open in Colorado Springs.

Bright colors, traditional plaids, functionality - and of course, pink - was the motto this past week for 2010 U.S. Women’s Open champion Paula Creamer.

We got a sneak peek into Creamer’s wardrobe and we are just flat-out jealous!

Not only is the color palette perfect for Paula but also for the event’s site -- the prestigious Broadmoor Springs East Course in Colorado Springs, Colo., where the weather is sunny 265 days of the year. This must have been a stat the fashion connoisseurs at Taylor-Made Adidas Golf (TMAG) anticipated.

Despite the stormy weather, we did get to see ...

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June 20, 2011 | 12:40 p.m.

That's a first

Golfweek Staff
Valentine Derrey earned her first professional win June 17 at the Futures Tour's Tate & Lyle Players Championship.
Valentine Derrey earned her first professional win June 17 at the Futures Tour's Tate & Lyle Players Championship.

Valentine Derrey won the Tate & Lyle Players Championship on June 17 for her first LPGA Futures Tour victory. Derrey, of Paris, France, shot 16-under 272 at Hickory Point Golf Club in Decatur, Ill., for her first professional win.

Derrey, 24, ended the week by dropping a 9-foot putt for birdie at No. 18. It capped a final-round 68, Derrey’s fourth score in the 60s for the week.

“It’s a great accomplishment because this is my first win as a professional,” Derrey said after the final round. “I was more stressed out yesterday, but today, I just had to ...

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Categories: Golfweek For Her, LPGA
LPGA Futures Tour's Nicole Noelle Smith during a practice round. Nicole is blogging exclusively for Golfweek.com.
LPGA Futures Tour's Nicole Noelle Smith during a practice round. Nicole is blogging exclusively for Golfweek.com.

Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening - and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.

  • Arnold Palmer

Expectations. Everyone has them, whether you are setting the bar high or placing it low, you have an idea, walking to the tee box, how you believe you are going to play. But what happens when you start out with high expectations but you fail on the first hole? You think, “This is a simple hole to start out on,” then ...

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Categories: Golfweek For Her
May 2, 2011 | 11:05 a.m.

Building champions

Andrea Doddato prescribes more strength, more stability for the world's top players, including Maria Hjorth, who won on Sunday in Alabama with a spectacular final round.

April 28, 2011 | 3:18 p.m.

Ochoa expecting

Beth Ann Nichols
The Lorena Ochoa Invitational will not be televised in 2013 due to the local government withdrawing its financial support.
The Lorena Ochoa Invitational will not be televised in 2013 due to the local government withdrawing its financial support.

Lorena Ochoa announced on Twitter April 28 that she and husband Andres Conesa are expecting a baby. Ochoa retired from competitive golf May 2 at the conclusion of the Tres Marias Championship in Morelia, Mexico. Her brother, Alejandro, said she is about eight to nine weeks along.

A Mexican magazine, Quien, first reported the news Thursday morning on its website.

Ochoa told Golfweek last November at her LPGA tournament in Guadalajara that she and Conesa, the chief executive officer of AeroMexico, will move this summer from their 10th-floor apartment in Mexico City to a house.

“We want to have an ...

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April 28, 2011 | 12:30 p.m.

Home cookin'

Robin Freeman, Nicole Noelle Smith and Alex Coe on the 18th hole of Palmer Private out at PGA WEST.
Robin Freeman, Nicole Noelle Smith and Alex Coe on the 18th hole of Palmer Private out at PGA WEST.

(OK, must do the daughterly thing here...)

I would like to start by congratulating and wishing my parents a happy 25th anniversary!

(Back to golf...)

This week has been a great one - simple yet full of golf and family time.

I practiced all week out in La Quinta at PGA WEST, playing matches with some friends on the private courses. I worked a lot on my putting this week; I had a kink in it that just didn’t feel right. After working with coach Mike Hancock, we discovered that my alignment was all discombobulated. On Friday, I worked with ...

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April 26, 2011 | 10:37 a.m.

MICHELLE, THE MODEL

11/24/09--LPGA player Michelle Wie at Bighorn Country Club in Palm Desert, Calif.
11/24/09--LPGA player Michelle Wie at Bighorn Country Club in Palm Desert, Calif.

April 25, 2011 | 10:35 a.m.

Building champions

Golfweek For Her fitness: Andrea Doddato says that there are five exercises that will help any golfer, and they concentrate on core, glutes, shoulders, back and your quads. She currently works out with Maria Hjorth and they showed off her rigorous workout for our Golfweek For Her crew.
Golfweek For Her fitness: Andrea Doddato says that there are five exercises that will help any golfer, and they concentrate on core, glutes, shoulders, back and your quads. She currently works out with Maria Hjorth and they showed off her rigorous workout for our Golfweek For Her crew.

April 22, 2011 | 9:49 a.m.

Marathon woman

Nike's Cindy Davis and her puppy before a long run in Oregon.
Nike's Cindy Davis and her puppy before a long run in Oregon.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Dressed as if she should be starring in a Nike commercial, Cindy Davis, outfitted head-to-toe in swoosh-stamped gear, is hurdling tree roots, stomping through muck and tackling an ascent that would leave most gasping. It’s a chilly March afternoon, and Davis is trail running amid dense trees cloaked in fog and mist that make the place feel enchanted.

“I’ve run through here when the heavens have opened up, and it’s just incredible,” she says of her favorite local getaway, Forest Park, a 5,100-acre wilderness within Portland that gets nearly 40 inches of rain annually ...

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April 20, 2011 | 6:51 p.m.

Spicing it up

Azahara Munoz and Belen Mozo at a Golfweek For Her photoshoot in Arizona.
Azahara Munoz and Belen Mozo at a Golfweek For Her photoshoot in Arizona.

April 20, 2011 | 6:43 p.m.

Spanish Spice

Beth Ann Nichols
Golfweek For Her: Beatriz Recari at a Golfweek For Her photoshoot in Arizona.
Golfweek For Her: Beatriz Recari at a Golfweek For Her photoshoot in Arizona.

This quartet - Beatriz Recari, Belen Mozo, Azahara Munoz & Maria Hernandez - puts Spain in the spotlight as a red-hot producer of young LPGA talent.

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Beatriz Recari

Recari turned down a chance to be in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Edition because the photo shoot conflicted with last year’s Evian Masters and Women’s British Open. For Recari, it was an easy decision. She wants to be known more for her golf game than her body. Several months later, Recari snapped an ugly summer stretch with a victory at the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge. Now she’s known as the LPGA champion ...

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April 19, 2011 | 10:33 p.m.

Meet Morgan, the model

Morgan Pressel
Morgan Pressel

April 19, 2011 | 3:29 p.m.

Looks aren't everything

LPGA Futures Tour's Nicole Noelle Smith during a glamour photo shoot. Nicole is blogging exclusively for Golfweek.com.
LPGA Futures Tour's Nicole Noelle Smith during a glamour photo shoot. Nicole is blogging exclusively for Golfweek.com.

(First, a quick note to my buddy Brendan Steele: Congrats on winning the PGA Tour's Valeron Texas Open!)

Back to the blog...

I would like to let you all know that my blogs are now going to be posted on Tuesdays. That way I will be able to write about my entire week, including my Sunday rounds. Now onto this last week…

This last week has been full of resting when I could, but still getting the work done that has to be taken care of. After I got home from Mexico, I came down with a cold and ...

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April 19, 2011 | 1:39 p.m.

A woman's world

Beth Ann Nichols
Morgan Pressel
Morgan Pressel

ORLANDO, Fla. – For months, the proofs for the second edition of Golfweek For Her hung on the walls of our office cubicles. Passersby often asked, “Why are the players wearing dresses?” My answer was simple: Because we see them all the time in golf attire.

Click here to access the new Golfweek For Her microsite.

One of the best parts of my job is getting to know LPGA players away from the golf course. Going inside a player’s home and breaking bread on an off-week can tell a reporter as much about what makes an athlete rise to the ...

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