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Na Yeon Choi donates $30,000 to LPGA-USGA Girls Golf

Rolex Rankings No. 5 set to compete for season-ending titles at LPGA Tour Championship

LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan, Na Yeon Choi, LPGA Foundation President Carol Corcoran (courtesy LPGA)

Orlando, Fla., Dec. 1, 2010 – Na Yeon Choi today announced that she will make a donation of $30,000 to LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, a program of the LPGA Foundation. Choi, who has been a member of the LPGA since 2008, chose this program to celebrate the fulfillment of her dream to become an LPGA Tour member.

“If the LPGA wasn’t available to me, then I wouldn’t be here competing all over the globe,” Choi said. “I want to be able to give others the same opportunity.”

Choi was introduced to the game of golf at age 11 by her father. She developed through the junior golf ranks in South Korea and earned her way to the LPGA via LPGA Qualifying School.

“Giving back to the community sits at the core of LPGA and all of our members. Na Yeon is a remarkable individual who not only excels inside-the-ropes, but also outside-the-ropes in the communities where she lives, visits and plays,” LPGA Tour Commissioner Mike Whan said. “Girls throughout the world will be able to benefit from Na Yeon’s donation and perhaps compete on the same greens with her one day.”

LPGA-USGA Girls Golf is the LPGA’s primary junior golf initiative which introduces girls from the ages of 7 to 17 to all areas of the game. The program also teaches the values inherent in the game itself – patience, perseverance, honesty and respect, providing young girls with the building blocks to become future role models both on and off the golf course.  Many LPGA members, including LPGA-USGA Girls Golf National Ambassador Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel and Vicky Hurst, were introduced to the game of golf through LPGA-USGA Girls Golf. The program is supported by all of the major golf organizations led by the USGA, but also including the EWGA (Executive Women’s Golf Association), PGA Tour, PGA of America and the Masters.

“Na Yeon Choi is making it possible for 300 more girls to have instruction, access and equipment next year,” Carol Corcoran, President of the LPGA Foundation said. “Na Yeon will join many outstanding players and organizations that help change lives, one shot at a time”.

Choi, a four-time LPGA tournament winner, is competing this week at the LPGA Tour Championship at Grand Cypress Golf Club. She is the only LPGA player who has a chance to sweep the four primary year-end awards. Choi currently leads the LPGA money list and the Vare Trophy contest (scoring average). Choi also has the opportunity this week to become the Rolex Player of the Year and the season-ending Rolex Rankings No. 1.

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