LOS ANGELES – KoreAm Journal hosted its 3rd annual ELORD KoreAm Pro-Am on April 5 and 6 at the Pacific Palms Resort in City of Industry, Calif. Sponsored by ELORD, the event paired up 24 Korean LPGA players, including Hee-Won Han, Angela Park, Birdie Kim, Inbee Park and Eun-Hee Ji, as well as exciting new rookies such as Vicky Hurst and Jee Young Lee, with amateur players in a Scramble tournament. Proceeds from the event benefited The LPGA Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization.
The festivities began on April 5 with a Pairings Party, where the teams were revealed. On April 6, players enjoyed a breakfast buffet and participated in a press session before tee off. After a beautiful day on the green, the tournament concluded with an awards dinner, which included traditional Korean favorites like kimchi and seaweed soup.
The winners of the tournament were:
For the competition of Longest Drive, the winner was Hanna Ahn with Michelob and Geoff Norton of Norton & Melnik. For the competition of Closest to Pin, the winner was Robert Kwon of Ocean Radiation Oncology.
In an exciting conclusion, the tournament ended with a three-way tie, resulting in the places being named based on a card-off. With the overall results, 3rd place went to Shanshan Feng (pro), Arnold Yoo, Kun Ho Kim and Ludia Kim (all guets of ELORD). 2nd place went to Eun Jung Yi (pro), Fernando Hong, Scott Hwang, Jay Park and Song Go (all guests of Michelob). And finally, the champion team of the tournament consisted of M.J. Hur (pro), Jun Sik Bae, Ki Hwan Ha, Chang Kun Kang and Don Rhee (all guests of ELORD). After the awards ceremony, an elated Hur said, “I’m really happy to be having fun with my partners. They played really good – better than me. I want to be here next year.”
Pacific Palms Resort
One Industry Hills Parkway
City of Industry, CA 91744
Participating LPGA Pros: Kyeong Bae, Irene Cho, Jeanne Cho-Hunicke, Hye Jung Choi, Na Yeon Choi, Shanshan Feng, Hee-Won Han, M.J. Hur, Vicky Hurst, Eun-Hee Ji, Birdie Kim, Hana Kim, Jeehae Lee, Eun Jung Yi, Young Kim, Jee Young Lee, Sunny Oh, Jin Young Pak, Angela Park,
Hee Young Park, Inbee Park, Sung Ah Yim and Sun Young Yoo.
Sponsors: Title Sponsor KOLON ELORD, Bronze Sponsor State Farm, InterTrend, Beverage Sponsor Michelob Ultra, Tee Sponsors U.S. Bank, Harrah’s, Law Offices of Norton & Melnik, PGP Capital, Ocean Radiation Oncology, PPM, Harrah’s, UNI Insurance, Asiana Airline and Jamison Properties.
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