Yani is the youngest player ever, male or female, to win 5 major championships after claiming her second-straight RICOH Women's British Open. She is currently ranked #1 in the Women's World Golf Rankings. She has compiled 8 wins across the globe in 2011, including 5 tournament wins on the LPGA Tour with the most current being the Wal-Mart NW Arkansas Championship where she defended her title in a one-hole playoff. Other LPGA wins this season include the aforementioned Women's British Open, the Wegman's LPGA Championship, LPGA State Farm Classic and the Honda LPGA Thailand tournament. She's also added 5 other Top 10 finishes for a total of 10 in 2011.
In 2010, she won the first major championship of the LPGA season, the Kraft Nabisco Championship and then went on to win the Women's British Open. She capped off the season by being named the LPGA Player of the Year.
The momentum for Yani continued on the LPGA in 2009. In addition to winning the Corning Classic, she led the tour in birdies (381). Also in 2009 Yani crossed the $2 million mark in career earnings, achieving that level faster than any other LPGA player.
Her first season on tour in 2008 included a major victory at the McDonald's LPGA Championship, five second-place finishes and four other Top 10s, all of which helped her earn Rookie of the Year honors, reach 3rd place on the official Money List and a second-place ranking on the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings.
Before joining the LPGA Tour full-time in 2008, Tseng was a Top-ranked amateur in Taiwan from 2004-06. Her amateur career included four wins in the U.S. and 15 other victories worldwide. In 2007 she competed professionally on the Asian Golf Tour and the CN Canadian Women’s Tour where she earned victories on both tours before finishing sixth at the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament to earn exempt status for the 2008 LPGA season.
Caroline was named the 2011 Ladies European Tour (LET) Player of the Year and the LET Rookie of the Year after winning four tour events (Allianz Ladies Slovak Open Championship, the Finnair Masters, the UNIQA Ladies Open Championship, and the Hero Women's Indian Open) along with another tournament on the ALPG Tour (the New South Wales Open Championship) in her pro debut. She was a captain's selection to the European team for the 2011 Solheim Cup where she finished with a 2-1-1 record.
Before turning pro, Caroline had a very successful collegiate career at Oklahoma State University. She was the 2010 NCAA Individual Champion and she was named that year's Player of the Year, she also was the 2010 Golfstat Cup Winner, 2009 and 2010 First-Team All-American, and Big 12 Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010. She then went on to win the LET Qualifying School by nine strokes before beginning her very successful LET rookie campaign.
Brittany opened the eyes of many in the golf world when she burst onto the scene as an amateur at the 2005 U.S. Women's Open. With a tie for second place that year, along with her very successful rookie season in 2006 on the LPGA Tour, Lang still has the attention of those watching her. She had seven top-10 finishes in 2009 and won over $675,000, a career-best. Her best finishes were two 2nd place finishes at the Navistar LPGA Classic Presented by Monaco RV and the Mizuno Classic. Brittany’s stellar play over the last few seasons helped her qualify for her first U.S. Solheim Cup Team, one of three rookies on the victorious 2009 team, earning two points in three matches with a 1-0-2 record. She just recently surpassed the $2 million mark in career earnings. Brittany started playing golf at the age of 9. Her brother, Luke, who was an All-Conference golfer at Arkansas Tech, caddies for her. Her hobbies include working out, shopping, watching and playing all types of sports.
Brittany won her first major at the 2009 Kraft Nabisco Championship with a dramatic approach from the fairway for a four foot eagle putt on the 72nd hole of the competition. With that win, she became the first American winner in the last six women’s majors and has amassed over $2 million throughout her brief four year career on the LPGA Tour. Brittany’s victory at the Kraft Nabisco Championship was her third career victory overall, including the 2006 HSBC Women's World Match Play Championship and the 2007 Ginn Open. Brittany has always been one of the longest hitters on the LPGA Tour and consistently ranks in the top-10 in Average Driving Distance, earning her the nickname “Bam-Bam.” As a way to give back to her community, she hosts the annual Brittany & Friends Celebrity Pro-Am on with proceeds going to the First Tee of St. Petersburg - part of a nationwide organization designed to teach life skills and golf to children who might otherwise not have access to playing. In her spare time she enjoys fishing and playing Texas Hold-em poker. She credits her parents and older brothers for her start in golf.
Gerina Piller may have taken up golf later than most, but her journey has brought her to the LPGA Tour. After three successful seasons on the Duramed Futures Tour, Piller will tee it up with the best players in the world in 2011. Her fifth place finish on the Futures Tour money list assures this former Big Break contestant of full LPGA Tour status.
Gerina’s 2010 season was highlighted by three second-place finishes and over $53,000 in official earnings. Known for her length off the tee, she led the Futures Tour in driving distance in 2010. An explosive player, Piller was at or near the top of the Tour in Par 5 scoring average, birdies and eagles and is known for shooting very low scores.
Prior to 2010, Piller played 33 Futures Tour events with solid results. She has steadily improved, finishing 15th and 12th on the money list in ’08 and ’09 before breaking into the top five last season. During her successful collegiate career at UTEP she was the 2007 Conference USA Champion and Player of the Year.
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Playing as a nine-year-old by the side of her father, who is a single-handicap amateur, Jenny quickly learned that the game of golf would be something she could turn into a career. That desire for a career in golf became a reality in 2010 when Jenny turned pro and earned her 2011 LPGA membership by finishing in the top 10 on the money list on the Duramed FUTURES Tour. This accomplishment came on the heels of her winning her first professional tournament at The International at Concord to finish in the No. 4 spot on the money list with earnings of $53,686. Prior to turning professional, Jenny made her mark amongst the amateur ranks. She won the Los Angeles City Championship at the age of 10 and by the time she was 13, was competing in USGA golf championships. A three-time Rolex Junior All-American First Team Selection, Jenny won the 2006 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship and the 2009 AJGA Heather Farr Classic.