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Beth Ann Nichols
Jenny Shin climbed 56 spots (from No. 72 to No. 16) in the Golfweek/Sagarin Pro Rankings during 2014.
Jenny Shin climbed 56 spots (from No. 72 to No. 16) in the Golfweek/Sagarin Pro Rankings during 2014.

Over the final two weeks of 2014, we will be breaking down players that rose and fell over the past 12 months in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.

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Jenny Shin

Ranking/movement: +56 (No. 72 to No. 16)

Why the rise? In a word: putting.

Chronic pain in both wrists forced Shin, 22, to put away all but one club for a month in the off-season.

“My hand therapist said, 'Don’t touch a club. It’s not good for you or else you’re going to have to take that six-month medical,' ” said Shin ...

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Julie Williams
Brooke Mackenzie Henderson during Sunday's final round of the 2014 U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2.
Brooke Mackenzie Henderson during Sunday's final round of the 2014 U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2.

Brooke Henderson, the No. 1 player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, announced Thursday she’ll forego college to turn professional. Henderson is the latest young female athlete to sign on with IMG.

Henderson, 17, was runner-up to Kristen Gillman at the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship in August and was the low amateur at the U.S. Women’s Open earlier in the summer. She joins Minjee Lee, recent LPGA Q-School co-medalist, and Lydia Ko, LPGA Rookie of the Year, in the IMG stable.

"This is a really exciting day for me. I’m turning pro and starting ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Upon leaving the LPGA in 2012 after 18 seasons, Leta Lindley spends more time with husband Matt Plagmann and children, Cole (left) and Reese.
Upon leaving the LPGA in 2012 after 18 seasons, Leta Lindley spends more time with husband Matt Plagmann and children, Cole (left) and Reese.

Editor's note: This story originally was published in the Nov. 21, 2014, issue of Golfweek magazine.

Patty Sheehan was 42 years old when she adopted her second child. It was 1999, the year her father was diagnosed with an incurable cancer. Many days, the fun-loving Sheehan would walk the fairway with tears streaming down her face. On the road, she thought about her family; at home, she felt guilty about not practicing.

Sheehan played one more season on the LPGA and then quit.

“It was a really difficult time in my life,” she said. “I was home, but I ...

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Jeff Babineau
Stacy Lewis was inducted into the Women’s Golf Coaches Association’s Players Hall of Fame for her prolific career at Arkansas.
Stacy Lewis was inducted into the Women’s Golf Coaches Association’s Players Hall of Fame for her prolific career at Arkansas.

Editor's Note: Fascinating nuggets lie in the pages of Golfweek writers' notebooks. As 2014 draws to a close, our Untold Stories series reveals the best anecdotes from this year that you haven't yet read. The series runs from Dec. 15-22.

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I don’t get the opportunity these days to cover as much women’s golf as I did earlier in my career, which is my loss. With the exception of attending the U.S. Women’s Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in June, I don’t think I got to see another shot this season on the LPGA ...

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Golfweek Staff
Shanshan Feng pulled away from the rest of the field in the second round of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.
Shanshan Feng pulled away from the rest of the field in the second round of the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters.

Shanshan Feng, No. 5 in the Rolex Rankings, kept her foot on the gas Thursday at the Omega Dubai Ladies Masters. Feng broke free from a crowded leaderboard with a second-round 67 that gave her a four-shot lead.

Feng began the second round of the Ladies European Tour event tied with Carin Koch at 6-under 66 but returned a bogey-free 67 at Emirates Golf Club’s Majlis Course. Feng had five birdies on Thursday, including one of the final hole.

Feng won this event in 2012 – with a record 21 under – and considering her play, her goal at the start ...

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December 10, 2014 | 11:59 a.m.

Koch, Feng share lead at Dubai Masters

Golfweek Staff
Shanshan Feng during her win at the 2014 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.
Shanshan Feng during her win at the 2014 Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia.

After the first round at the Ladies European Tour’s Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, future European Solheim Cup captain Carin Koch shares the lead with World No. 5 Shanshan Feng.

Both players posted opening rounds of 6-under 66 on Emirates Golf Club’s Majlis Course.

Koch opened with a bogey, but made up ground with three subsequent birdies. She went 5 under on the back nine to end up with 66. She said the low score was a product of good putting.

“I haven’t played an event since September, so it was probably more just trying to find the ...

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Categories: LPGA, Top Stories
December 8, 2014 | 12:08 p.m.

Grad chart: A closer look at LPGA card-getters

Beth Ann Nichols
Minjee Lee co-medaled at LPGA Q-School with Alison Lee.
Minjee Lee co-medaled at LPGA Q-School with Alison Lee.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla – LPGA Q-School is in the books for 2014, and 20 players emerged with full LPGA status. Get to know them here:

T-1. Alison Lee, 19, Valencia, Calif. – Golfweek’s 2014 College Player of the Year won four times in three semesters at UCLA. Polished Curtis Cupper is a strong iron player.

T-1. Minjee Lee, 18, Perth, Australia – Former No. 1 amateur in the world is a two-time Australian Amateur champion and 2012 U.S. Girls’ Junior winner. Won the 2014 Victoria Open as an amateur.

T-3. Ariya Jutanugarn, 19, Bangkok – Younger sister to 2013 LPGA Rookie of ...

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Julie Williams
Alison Lee, a sophomore at UCLA, in action at final stage of LPGA Q-School.
Alison Lee, a sophomore at UCLA, in action at final stage of LPGA Q-School.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Alison Lee hit both ends of the emotional spectrum on Sunday after declaring her professional status. Lee emerged from the scoring tent at LPGA Q-School with a big smile that quickly changed to tears once she saw her parents. Then the text messages started rolling in.

Lee, 19, co-medaled with Minjee Lee, an 18-year-old Australian. The two met in the final of the U.S. Girls’ Junior two years ago (Minjee Lee won), and now make up part of a deep rookie class. Alison Lee, a UCLA sophomore, entered Q-School as an amateur, waiting to see how ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Cheyenne Woods earned her LPGA Tour card after finishing with a 2-under 70 on Sunday.
Cheyenne Woods earned her LPGA Tour card after finishing with a 2-under 70 on Sunday.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Nobody handed Cheyenne Woods an LPGA card. She earned it the old-fashioned way, playing on developmental tours to earn her stripes and then grinding over a 3-footer for par on her 90th hole of LPGA Q-School to realize a lifelong dream.

“It feels so good to know the work that I put into it has paid off, and it wasn’t given to me,” said Woods, who is the niece of Tiger Woods. “It was me going out and playing 90 holes of solid golf.”

Woods shot 2-under 70 on LPGA International’s Hills Course to finish ...

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Julie Williams
Kelly Shon used back-to-back rounds of 68 to climb the leaderboard at LPGA Q-School.
Kelly Shon used back-to-back rounds of 68 to climb the leaderboard at LPGA Q-School.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Sociology degree in hand – from Princeton, no less – Kelly Shon arrived at LPGA Q-School for the second time in the past two years with some perspective. Completing an Ivy League degree and a thesis is hard work, and without friends and a support system, would have been nearly impossible. An LPGA card won’t come without a fight and some friends, either.

“Once you’re put into that environment, everyone around you pushes you to be the best you can be,” Shon said.

Shon, who turned professional after the Ivy League Championship this spring and began playing ...

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Julie Williams
Minjee Lee is third after four rounds at LPGA Q-School.
Minjee Lee is third after four rounds at LPGA Q-School.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Minjee Lee, 18, struggled Saturday to name an experience as stereotypically stressful as what she faces this week at LPGA Q-School. Lee played a one-day qualifier for the U.S. Women’s Open in May, earning the only available spot, but other than that, finds herself in foreign territory as well as on foreign soil.

It didn’t seem to bother her. Lee, of Australia, charged through the fourth round at LPGA International with a 6-under 66 on the Jones Course. She cruised through the more open of the two layouts unscathed until dunking her ball in ...

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Beth Ann Nichols
Alison Lee, a sophomore at UCLA, in action at final stage of LPGA Q-School.
Alison Lee, a sophomore at UCLA, in action at final stage of LPGA Q-School.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Alison Lee cried when she gave a victory speech one month ago at the Nanea Pac-12 Preview in Hawaii.

“I made a big scene out of it and I shouldn’t have,” said Lee, who made UCLA coach Carrie Forsyth and rest of the Bruin teammates also shed tears.

They all knew it was likely the last time Lee would win in a Bruin uniform. A 5-under 67 on the Jones Course Dec. 5 at LPGA Q-School put Lee in a tie for second and a big step toward reaching her ultimate goal.

Lee, last year’s ...

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December 5, 2014 | 3:20 p.m.

Cheyenne Woods bounces back at LPGA Q-School

Beth Ann Nichols
Cheyenne Woods bounced back in the third round of LPGA Q-School's final stage with a 67.
Cheyenne Woods bounced back in the third round of LPGA Q-School's final stage with a 67.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Cheyenne Woods showed the kind of resolve it takes to survive the annual gauntlet known as LPGA Q-School. One day after posting a head-scratching 79, Woods came to the more forgiving Jones Course at LPGA International and notched seven birdies. Woods’ 5-under 67 Friday moved her to 2 under for the tournament and within shouting range of an LPGA card.

“I really just told myself that this is mine to take and I’m not going to get in my own way,” said Woods, who moved from 94th to T-31 in the standings.

The top 20 players ...

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Golfweek Staff
Joanne Carner has been chosen to lead the U.S. Junior Solheim Cup team in 2015.
Joanne Carner has been chosen to lead the U.S. Junior Solheim Cup team in 2015.

When the 12-member U.S. Junior Solheim Cup team travels to Germany in 2015 to try to retain the cup, JoAnne Carner will be in the lead. The LPGA Hall of Famer will captain the squad during the matches at St. Leon-Rot Golf Club near Heidelberg, Germany.

“To be selected for this is a real thrill,” Carner said. “The Ping Junior Solheim Cup is a neat opportunity for these young girls and I am so honored to be a part of it for 2015. It will be great to get an opportunity to see what our future holds.”

For the ...

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Categories: Girls, Solheim Cup
Beth Ann Nichols
Ariya Jutanugarn shot 3-under 69 and moved into a tie for 23rd at the final stage of LPGA Q-School Thursday.
Ariya Jutanugarn shot 3-under 69 and moved into a tie for 23rd at the final stage of LPGA Q-School Thursday.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Moriya Jutanugarn has threatened to break her sister’s driver before the start of Sunday’s round if Ariya doesn’t listen. Ariya, the younger but stronger sister, doesn’t need more than hybrids and a 3-wood to get around LPGA International’s Hills Course.

After hitting driver only once on the Hills Course the first day, Ariya couldn’t wait to whale at the ball on the more open Jones track Thursday. Ariya, 19, shot 3-under 69 and moved into a tie for 23rd.

Undoubtedly one of the most talented teens in the world, Ariya suffered ...

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