This LPGA season was a good one for Na Yeon Choi. She captured first major in winning the U.S. Womens Open. She made the cut in all 22 LPGA events in which she played. She was behind only Inbee Park on the LPGA’s money list. She moved up to #2 in the Rolex Rankings, her highest ranking in her career, after winning the season-ending CME Titleholders event in Naples, Florida.
To say 2012 has been a great year for Choi would be an understatement. Sure, she’s won two events within a year previously (twice previously to this year, in fact), but not a major and the tour’s biggest prize other than a major.
Choi has taken her good fortune a step further.
For the second time in as many years, Choi has made a $30,000 donation to LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program. The program is designed to provide golf equipment to young girls in order to create interest in the game of golf. Choi made the announcement on Tuesday morning to Golf Channel’s Morning Drive.
Choi’s message and reason for the donation are apparent (via LPGA.com)
“I want to give the girls my message: Have a dream and achieve it,” Choi said. “My dream came from Se Ri Pak in 1998 when she won the U.S. Open. This year, I achieved my dream by winning the U.S. Open. With the golf clubs, these girls can practice hard and dream to be LPGA players.”
I did enjoy watching the interview with Choi. Not only does she hold a presence on the course, she holds one on the screen as well. Don’t know about running into people in the restroom wanting autographs if that’s the case. That would be excessively…strange.
Wait. Did she say two more tournaments to play? Seriously?