Clarins FEED Set, available at Bloomingdales, $90: FEED is a non-profit started by Lauren Bush in 2007 and distributes meals to hungry children across the world. When this gift set is purchased, 25 meals will be provided to kids in need. Visit website
Ralph Lauren Pink Pony Customizable Polo, $125: 10% of net proceeds from Pink Pony sales goes to the Pink Pony Fund for Cancer Care and Prevention. Visit website
Vineyard Vines Tied to a Cause Totebag, $95: Each month Vineyard Vines highlights a different charity to support and donates all of the proceeds from sales directly to that charity. Visit website
Picnic at Ascot Golf Trunk Organizer from Gifts that Give, $55: Gifts that Give is a website that donates $1 for every $5 that you spend. $11 will be donated to the NYC Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society with the purchase of this gold organizer. Visit website
Nike Golf Ball Gift Tin from St. Jude Children's Hospital, $15: 100% of the profits benefit St. Jude Children's Research. Visit website
Livestrong Phenom Jacket, $100: Purchases provide support to Livestrong programs and services for cancer survivors. Visit website
Cultivate Wines Boxed Wine, $35: 10% of sales are donated to causes related to education and basic human needs. Visit website
Charity Charms Special Olympics Golf Ball Charm, $40: 25% of the purchase will be donated to the Special Olympics. Visit website
Val Skinner Pink Ribbon Bear Headcover, $20: A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Val Skinner Foundation which supports breast cancer research and education. Visit website
BVLGARI Save the Children ring, $370: $75 is donated to the Save the Children campaign when ordered through December 31, 2011. Visit website
Toms Sunglasses, $135-145: For every pair of sunglasses sold, Toms donates a pair to help give someone the gift of sight. Visit website
I'm thankful for the big things, but I find that with anything -- style included -- it's always easiest for me to start with the small stuff first when making any kind of list. So here it is, the most vapid thing I'm grateful for: the fact that navy is the new black, and it's everywhere. It goes so well with red and white and reminds me how thankful I am that my parents made a home in this country of endless opportunity. And since this is a style blog after all, I'm going to risk sounding superficial (let's face it, it's the shopping season, no matter how you look at it). So here's are some of my favorite navy golf things:
Quagmire Jacket: $34.50, Visit website
Adidas Samba Golf Shoes, $100,
Fila Geneva Plaid Skort: $80.00, Visit website
Ralph Lauren: Zelda Long Sleeve Polo, $57.50, Visit website
Aquascutum Womens Stretch Capri Navy: $170.00, Visit website
Hugo Boss Cardigan: $105.00, Visit website
Puma: Cardiac II Watch $100.00, Visit website
Oakley Sunglasses: Team Usa Jawbone, $240.00, Visit website
Rocket Tour Golf: Argyle Knit Pom Pom Headcover, $34.00, Visit website
Toby Tucker Golf; Halter Dress: $195.00, Visit website
Burberry Block Stripe Wool Sweater: $295.00, Visit website
Helen Kaminski Hat: $98, Visit website
Glove It Ladies Golf Gloves; $19.99, Visit website
On a windy day when 25 m.p.h. gusts made Grand Cypress GC a formidable test, Choi made a big-time blunder on the opening hole, a meager 339-yard par 4.
Her tee shot and approach were fine, giving Choi a 10-foot birdie attempt. But instead of getting off to a fast start, she four-putted to make a double bogey. "My head," Choi said later, asked how she felt walking to the second tee, "was kind of blank."
Far from letting the lousy beginning rattle her, Choi stayed in the game after listening to her caddie's advice. "My caddie kept encouraging me," she said, "[saying] maybe it was better than making a double bogey on No. 10 or somewhere else on the back nine. We had 17 holes to play, so you have to forget that hole and then re-start on the second hole. Actually, I think I controlled my emotions good today. I was calm."
ORLANDO - A year ago, in the final round of the LPGA Tour Championship at Grand Cypress, Cristie Kerr put too much pressure on herself and didn't play well, coming up short to Maria Hjorth in the event and to Yani Tseng and Na Yeon Choi for season honors.
Thursday at Grand Cypress, Kerr, battling an intestinal bug she thinks she picked up while in Mexico for the Lorena Ochoa Invitational last week, didn't have any such expectations. The formula worked, as Kerr shot a four-under 68, good for T-4, two shots behind Choi's first-round lead the CME Group Titleholders.
"I was in bed all day yesterday, and even still today I feel fatigued," said Kerr, whose illness prevented her from playing in Wednesday's pro-am. "I felt kind of light-headed around the turn. I still had some of these shooting pains in my abdomen. I didn't expect much for myself. Maybe that's what it takes."
ORLANDO -- When Hollis Stacy reflected Wednesday on her favorite moment in a career that will see her inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame next May, it wasn't one of her four major championships.
Instead, it was the first of 18 LPGA victories, the 1977 Lady Tara Classic in Roswell, Ga., where her father, Jack, badly wounded in World War II, was on hand to see Stacy tear up Brookfield West G&CC in the final round.
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"It was a very, very hilly golf course, and my father came to watch me," Stacy said. "He was shot in the hip in some fighting in December 1944. He had this grossly huge knee. It was the size of a ham. And he walked the back nine to watch me play. I saw him on one hole ... and well, I birdied six of the last seven holes and I won my first tournament."
In the past two weeks I've noticed this trend trickling into the golf market. It's the time of year when the bigger golf brands like Nike roll out the apparel collections that will be in stores starting February. The first preview I went to was Nike, and it was thrilling to see the new Dunk golf shoe (below) that will be available this winter. Its roots can easily be traced to the Nike Air Jordan--it feels fresh and new, but substantial with its historical reference.
(Courtesy of Nike Golf)
I was also really excited to take peek at the newly relaunched Oakley golf line. It offers polos inspired by the brands cool West Coast culture--one polo in particular is a replica print of a rash guard (see below) also available in the line. It's exciting to see what we can expect for the 2012 golf season.
(Courtesy of Oakley)
Q: I love golf but hate the tan lines I get on my feet when I wear shorts or skirts (even though I wear sunscreen). What can I do to combat this problem?
A: I hate to admit it, but I don't get the chance to play golf enough to have this issue--but I've talked to the LPGA Tour's boldest shoe-fanatic, Christina Kim, about it before. Christina says sock tan lines are inevitable for avid golfers, even if you use plenty of sunblock and reapply every other hour, as you're supposed to. It's not a great look when you want to slip into a pair of sexy pumps and head for cocktails after a round, but Christina's secret is to leave the pumps behind and opt for cute, strappy heels instead. A shoe with an ankle strap works especially well, since the straps serve to disguise the tan lines.
Q: What's the most flattering way to hide a spare tire when you're playing golf? (I'm especially referring to the finish of the golf swing when the shirt rides up; I'm very self-conscious about that.)
A: There's no two ways about this one: wear a golf dress. The best thing about this one-piece solution is that you don't need to worry about tucking or adjusting, and there's no exposed skin during or after your swing.
Q: Where can I find cool women's golf apparel on line? My pro shop doesn't carry much, and I'm tired of getting my golf clothes at The Gap.
A: Online shopping is definitely the way to go. Most e-tailers have great shipping and return policies, often allowing you to either receive or send back items purchased for free. Many of your favorite active golf brands have great selections to shop from on their own websites (such as shop.adidasgolf.com, store.nike.com, pumagolf.com), and there are several great online shops directed to women golfers, such as trendygolfusa.com, lorisgolfshoppe.com and ladygolf.com. Each has a very eclectic selection that caters to different needs. Trendygolf is great for he edgiest and most fashionable finds. Lorisgolfshoppe offers classic golf styles in a variety of sizes. And Ladygolf has the most luxurious offerings of shoes and apparel.
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With seven LPGA wins and four other titles worldwide this year, Tseng has the most victories since Annika Sorenstam won 11 LPGA events in 2002 and two on other tours to match the record 13 by Mickey Wright in 1963. And Tseng just keeps getting better. Since the State Farm Classic in June, she has played a dozen LPGA events and won six, including the Wegmans LPGA Championship and the Ricoh Women's British Open. At the age of 22, she has emerged as the best player in women's golf and already has 20 of the 27 points needed to qualify for the LPGA Hall of Fame.
Tseng, who has wrapped up her second Rolex Player of the Year Award as well as the money title, is No. 1 in scoring average (69.38), driving distance (267.9 yards), birdies (333), rounds under par (73.9 percent), rounds in the 60s (56.5 percent) and top-10 finishes (65 percent). She's second in greens in regulation (76 percent) and fourth in putts per GIR (1.76)--a pretty deadly combination. She also leads the tour in something not measured by numbers--intimidation. At the LPGA Championship she sent an early message to Cindy LaCrosse in their final-round pairing when she outdrove her by 60 yards on the third hole on her way to a 10-stroke victory. At the Women's British Open she coasted home by four strokes. Her five majors are more than the three Nancy Lopez had in her career, equal the number by Amy Alcott and Se Ri Pak and her next major triumph will tie her with Pat Bradley, Betsy King, Patty Sheehan and Kathy Whitworth. That's pretty heady company.
Here are some suggestions:
Keri Golf Checked Tote, $110, Visit website
Puma Fitness Workout Bag, $45, Visit website
Stella McCartney for Adidas Fun Bag, $40, Visit website
Nike Golf Brassie Day Duffel, $70, Visit website
Merona Square Print Tote, $35, Visit website
Athleta Scrunchie Tote by Timbuk2, $80, Visit website
Dooney & Bourke Medium Pocket Sac, $175, Visit website
Ame & Lulu Satchel, $88, Visit website
Patricia Han PT Medium Tote, $75, Visit website
Tory Burch Ski Vintage Medium Jaden Tote, $350, Visit website
Under Armour Endure Shoulder Bag, $49.99, Visit website