It's that time of year! The start of the 2013 LPGA season is quickly approaching and each week throughout the year we will spotlight one LPGA player and provide an in depth look into her life - both on and off the course. Our first in "This week is all about..." series is Na Yeon Choi. Be sure to read the latest buzz about Choi.
Choi enjoys success, 'can't stop' giving back
By Beth Ann Baldry
WINDERMERE, Fla. – When Na Yeon Choi was a rookie on the LPGA, she spoke so little English that she and her parents often ate at fast-food restaurants because the combo meals were numbered.
One of the few times they ventured out to a nicer establishment, Choi’s father ordered for the family by walking the waiter over to a nearby table and pointing to the plates of other patrons.
“We traveled like that for over one year,” Choi said. “It was a very hard time.”
On Friday, Choi sat in a dining room overlooking the first tee at Isleworth Golf and Country Club and handled a lunch interview as seamlessly as the other U.S. Open champion sitting nearby, two-time men's winner Retief Goosen, might have done. Four years ago, this would’ve been a tortuous day for the player known on tour as NYC. In fact, downright impossible. More>>
Choi Donates $30,000 To LPGA-USGA Girls Golf
Rolex Rankings No. 2 and reigning U.S. Women’s Open champion Na Yeon Choi (@NYChoi87) announced today on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive that she has donated $30,000 to the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program to provide golf equipment to young girls beginning to take interest in the game.
“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.”
Choi’s donation will be awarded to the more than 250 LPGA-USGA Girls Golf programs in the United States via grants on a need basis. The grant program provides appropriately-sized equipment based on age, size and ability for community use at practice sessions and clinics. More>>
Na Yeon Choi excels on the course and in English
By Doug Ferguson
Na Yeon Choi won her first major at the U.S. Women's Open, and she closed the season by winning the LPGA Titleholders.
But her most remarkable performance came when the season was over.
Players for whom English is their second (or third) language can get by in an interview with print reporters. They tend be a lot more uncomfortable when cameras are involved. Choi showed how much progress she has made the day after winning the Titleholders. She went into the studio for a live segment on Golf Channel's "Morning Drive."
The LPGA staff helped her prepare for questions that might be asked, and when it didn't go according to script, Choi still handled it beautifully. More>>
Na Yeon Choi wins LPGA season finale
By Steve DiMeglio
NAPLES, Fla. — Yani Tseng lost her grip on the Rolex Player of the Year award this season. She'll have her hands full holding on to the No. 1 spot in the world golf rankings next season.
South Korea's Na Yeon Choi, who won the U.S. Women's Open this season, capped the LPGA tour's season with a solid two-shot win over South Korea's So Yeon Ryu on Sunday in the CME Group Titleholders. With a final-round 2-under-par 70 on the Eagle Course at TwinEagles Golf Club, Choi held off Ryu, American Brittany Lincicome (70) by three shots and World Golf Hall of Famer member and Australian Karrie Webb (69) by four. More>>
Na Yeon Choi closes in on Yani Tseng’s No. 1 ranking
By Emily Kay
Yani Tseng may be hearing footsteps.
After an up-and-down season that ended with a T26 at the LPGA’s year-ending Titleholders on Sunday, the world No. 1 retained her top spot. But Na Yeon Choi’s two-stroke victory had the new No. 2 striding into view of the world rankings leader.
Choi added the largest purse on tour -- $500,000 -- to her U.S. Women’s Open win and leapfrogged Player of the Year Stacy Lewis for sole possession of second place, fewer than 100 points behind Tseng. Should the 25-year-old Choi pick up next year where she left off in 2012, Tseng may be relinquishing the position that, as early as March -- after three wins in five starts -- appeared as if it might be hers for life. More>>