Feature articles, videos, photo galleries showcase stars as golf's global ambassadors; highlight their influence as heroes in home countries
Incheon, South Korea, Oct. 15, 2012 - Three of the brightest stars in LPGA history will tee it up in their home countries over the next four weeks and LPGA.com will shine a light on the impact each has made on golf and society in their native countries with the Legends at Home series debuting tomorrow.
The first edition of the Legends at Home series focuses on LPGA and World Golf Halls of Fame member Se Ri Pak at this week's LPGA KEB · HanaBank Championship in her native South Korea. Pak is widely recognized as a pioneer for women's golf in Asia and a role model for the 42 South Korean players on Tour.
In subsequent weeks, Rolex Rankings No. 1 Yani Tseng will be featured during the week of the Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship and former No. 1 Lorena Ochoa will be profiled during the week the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, where the Mexican will step inside the ropes at an LPGA tournament for the first time since 2010.
"The Legends at Home series is yet another opportunity to showcase the worldwide impact of the LPGA's stars," said Jon Podany, LPGA Chief Marketing Officer. "These women have not only had a huge impact on golf in their respective countries, they have had an impact on the empowerment of women more broadly in sports and society in these parts of the world. As LPGA.com's content continues to grow, we look forward to developing more unique features that highlight the personalities and performance of the most approachable athletes in global sports."
In the first of a four-part series, award winning newspaper and internet writer Mick Elliott will examine the people, places and things that have been affected by Pak's success between the ropes, arguing "that no one -- not even Tiger Woods -- has single-handedly done more than Pak to alter golf history."
LPGA.com will showcase the four-part series that will include videos highlighting Pak's influence on golf with sound bites from her LPGA colleagues. Fan polls and photo galleries documenting Pak's career will also be featured on LPGA.com and the LPGA Facebook Page (Facebook.com/LPGA.Official). Fans on Twitter can use the hash tag #LPGALegends.
Tseng will return to Taiwan for the second-ever LPGA-sanctioned tournament in her native land where she will defend her 2011 title in front of another sell-out crowd of adoring fans. The 23-year-old has 15 LPGA victories in five seasons on Tour and last year became the youngest player in history to win back-to-back Rolex Player of the Year awards. She is also the youngest player - male or female - to win five major championships.
Beloved by fans, media and players in Mexico and around the globe, Ochoa did so much on the golf course in her young career that she was able to step away from the LPGA at the age of 28 to focus on her family and the Lorena Ochoa Foundation. Before retiring from full-time competition, Ochoa claimed 27 Tour victories in seven full seasons and more than $14.8 million, enough for third on the LPGA Career Money List behind Annika Sorenstam and Karrie Webb.
During the Mizuno Classic, the Legends at Home series will focus on the growth of women's professional golf in Japan. Wins in the last year by Ai Miyazato, Mika Miyazato and Momoko Ueda - combined with their collective efforts to assist victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan - continue to highlight the impact that the Japanese stars have made through golf.
The LPGA's international language websites will also participate in the Legends at Home series, as will the Tour's global television partners. Fans can visit USLPGA.kr (Korea), USLPGA.jp (Japan) and USLPGA.cn (China) to see the international coverage.