On Monday, June 29th in Toledo, a “crowd” of thirty South Korean LPGA players paid a visit to the Ronald McDonald House of NW Ohio. The South Korean player base, which makes up about one-third of international players on Tour, had been searching for a U.S.-based community and charity that they could directly impact to show their support and gratitude for fans and sponsors here in the states. Led by veterans Se Ri Pak and Il Mi Chung, they selected the Ronald McDonald House of NW Ohio, the tournament's primary charity. With the tournament celebrating twenty-five years of commitment to the LPGA, the players couldn't think of a better community in which to reciprocate.
Players including Jiyai Shin, Inbee Park, Jeong Jang and Birdie Kim rolled up their sleeves and participated in a myriad of household chores necessary to keep the volunteer-run Ronald McDonald House operating smoothly. See the attached photo of the players posing for a crazy group shot with Ronald himself. Local TV affiliates were also on hand to catch the action; look for a feature in this week's telecast on ESPN2.
Then on Wednesday, July 1st, several South Korean LPGA players made a special presentation to the Ronald McDonald House of NW Ohio. Following a recent visit to the house, in which thirty South Korean players participated in household activities necessary to keep the house running smoothly, players decided to extend their support with a donation of $13,570. Se Ri Pak, Hee Won Han, Jeong Jang and Inbee Park made the presentation on behalf of all 47 South Korean players on Tour.