The LPGA LOTTE Championship players are making the third round turn this afternoon but Michelle Wie already has plans for Saturday night and she’s taking Cristie Kerr and some others along with her. The Honolulu native and Stanford graduate will be hosting a charity ping pong tournament on Saturday night after the conclusion of the LPGA event and raising money for the Hawaiian State Junior College Scholarship Fund.
It all started two years ago after the HSJGA Tournament of Champions at Grand Wailea when Wie and others had gathered at a house on Maui for some well-earned R&R. Wie and Greg Nichols, Ko Olina General Manager, got into a ping pong match. It was hotly contested, even though Wie lost.
There’d been a more general discussion about fresh and innovative ways to raise money that would be more engaging than the tried and true methods. The ping pong match riveted everyone’s attention, and so an idea was born.
The event got dubbed “Wie Love Ping Pong” and this year’s ping pong tourney will feature eight LPGA Tour pros. Hawaii Five-0 actor Daniel Dae Kim will make an appearance.
It’s going to be a lot of fun. . . kind of like a boxing arena kind of thing. I think Mark Rolfing is going to referee the whole match. We’ll have a DJ playing. I think Uncle Bo is having some pupus out there. It helps out the Hawaiian State Junior College Scholarship Fund, so that’s great.
Wie reports that Cristie Kerr is the early favorite although she’s a fairly good player too and will likely give Kerr some competition around the table.
That could be the case at the LOTTE Championship as well? Going into the third round Wie’s sharing the second slot on the board with Inbee Park, So Yeon Ruy and Hyo Joo Kim, and leading Kerr by a single shot. Could the outcome at the LOTTE be a predictor for the outcome of the Saturday night Wie Love Ping Pong contest?