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Newly engaged Creamer happy on and off course

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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Paula Creamer lighted up the Ocean Club Golf Course Friday with 10 birdies at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.

Then she lighted up the interview room.

With an 8-under-par 65, Creamer equaled the round of the tournament, moving a shot behind the leader, Jessica Korda, who played alongside Creamer.

After the round, Creamer entertained the media with the unusual story of how her fiancé, Derek Heath, proposed to her in the offseason on a skydiving expedition. She is very happy in her personal life, and it’s showing in her professional life.

“I am in such a great place,” Creamer said. “Derek just makes me want to be better, makes me want to be a better person.

“It's always hard, life out on tour, but, now, being able to share things other than with my parents and Colin, it's been very exciting.”

Creamer said she thought Heath was taking her to a winery this offseason, but he ended up taking her skydiving.

“I'm in like a leather skirt, a blouse, I had heels on,” Creamer said. “I'm like, `I don't have any clothes.’ Derek’s like, `You can change.’”

Heath is an Air Force Academy graduate, a military pilot who flies C-17s, large transports. After some indoor skydiving prep, Heath took Creamer to do some real skydiving. Though it didn’t come off quite as he planned, there was a happy ending. Heath wanted to jump to a banner on the ground that read: “Paula Marry Me?” When weather forced a return, he proposed on the ground, instead, getting the answer he wanted. The couple eventually did make the jump with Paula safely in tandem with a Green Beret.

“It was the greatest moment of my life, for sure,” Creamer said.