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Korean Golf Pioneer Ku Passes Away

Korean golf pioneer Ok-Hee Ku passed away on Wednesday in Japan at the age of 56. Ku was the first South Korean player to win on the LPGA Tour at the 1988 Standard Register Turquoise Classic.

 Ku debuted as a professional in 1978 and spent the majority of her career playing on the LPGA of Japan (JLPGA) and the Korean LPGA (KLPGA). She amassed 43 wins across those tours. She was the president of the KLPGA from 2011 to 2012.

 Statement from LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan

“Ok-Hee Ku was a pioneer for women’s golf and a role model to players across many countries. We are deeply saddened to learn of her death and offer our sincerest condolences to her family and friends. She made the world of women’s golf a better place.”
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