Brittany Lang gives new meaning to diamond in the rough

Brittany Lang hits off the eighth tee during Brittany Lang hits off the eighth tee during the first round of the Founders Cup golf tournament. (March 14, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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Golfers have been known to receive all kinds of prizes on the 18th green of a tournament: A silver trophy, a crystal vase, an oversized first-place check.

Brittany Lang had a much different gift earlier this season at the North Texas LPGA Shootout. Right after she finished her round, she was handed a diamond ring.

She accepted it, securing her engagement to Kevin Spann, whom she had met at a Texas club where she plays. It sure raised eyebrows on tour.

"Everybody loved it,'' she said recently. "It was good for me because I didn't have to tell any of my friends I was engaged. Everybody knew, maybe people who didn't want to know.

"But it was cool. They were like, that was a perfect way to do it. I thought it was perfect. I loved it. It was everything I could ever wish for.

"All my girls, they all thought it was very romantic and very cute, and they love Kevin, so they all thought it was great.''

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Her "girls'' include 2010 U.S. Women's Open champion Paula Creamer, who is in the wedding party. In fact, when the first round of the previous major, the Wegmans LPGA, was postponed in Rochester, N.Y. this month, Creamer immediately texted Lang, saying, "I saw there's a David's Bridal. We're going.''

Lang added that the rainout allowed them to go "trying on wedding dresses and stuff.''

 

Belen of the ball

Belen Mozo of Spain, a former player for USC, made a huge impression in Knoxville, Tenn., last month without ever taking a shot. She went to the prom at Bearden High School with Alex Notte, a Special Olympics golfer.

Mozo was moved by the YouTube video that Notte produced, with his sister, inviting the 24-year-old pro, whom he had met at a tournament.

"First of all, I was just flattered and honored that he remembered meeting me in Rochester, and that he had the determination and courage to go for it, and take the chance to ask me,'' Mozo told the LPGA website.

"I admire people who aren't afraid to go after what they want in life, and Alex is definitely one of those people. Also, I knew it would just be a lot of fun. I had never been to prom, but I knew we would have a good time.''

Earlier in the day, she held a clinic to raise awareness for Special Olympics golf.

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