News and notes for the week of April 13, 2009

1. Cho-Hunicke uses talents to accessorize Tour, help Fellowship
2. Next week: Corona Championship, Tres Marias Golf Club, Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico, $1,300,000, April 23-26, 2009
3. Pipeline to the LPGA Tour, April 5, 2009
4. Race for the Cup
5. LPGA news and notes

1. Cho-Hunicke uses talents to accessorize Tour, help Fellowship
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., April 13, 2009 - Three-year LPGA Tour member Jeanne Cho-Hunicke started designing and crafting jewelry one year ago as a way to relax away from the golf course. This year, after learning that the Women's Professional Golf Fellowship (WPGF) - which has been a presence on Tour for 30 years - was short on donations, Cho-Hunicke wanted to help.

"I never felt comfortable selling my jewelry," said Cho-Hunicke, a Christian who has attended the weekly Fellowship meetings on Tour site. "There's no way I could do it (sell to people I know) because I'm not like that. When I got the e-mail from Wendy (Ward) about Fellowship needing funds, it motivated me.

So, for every piece of jewelry Cho-Hunicke sells this year, 20 percent of the cost will be given directly back to Fellowship.

"I'm comfortable about selling, now, because I know it's going to a good cause. I value our program - our Fellowship group. I don't think we can afford to lose it," she said.

WPGF Executive Director Cris Stevens has been part of the WPGF ministry on the LPGA Tour for more than two decades. She leads the weekly on-site Fellowship at most domestic tournaments and helps facilitate the formation of small groups among interested participants. Cho-Hunicke's donations - in Stevens' eyes - are inspiring.
"We are all challenged by the economic downturns today and the decisions we make regarding our personal financial management is significant," Stevens said. "She (Cho-Hunicke) has stepped out in faith to donate funds from what she sells in her jewelry business.  We are so touched by her generosity and kindness to us!"

Cho-Hunicke prides herself on the uniqueness and quality of materials that she creates, which include earrings, necklaces, lanyards, bracelets, cell phone charms and bookmarks. She has also created bridal sets for brides and bridesmaids. Each piece is custom-made to the client's wishes and, unless specified otherwise, are comprised of pieces of sterling silver, Swarovski crystals, Swarovski pearls, fresh water pearls, semi-precious stones, Czech-glass beads and seed beads. Prices for each piece are set only to cover the cost of materials, which usually range from $20 to $60.

"I would love to give back a lot, but I can't control that. I don't mark up the prices at all; my goal is to make money on the golf course," she said, as she prepares for a trip to Morelia, Mexico next week for the Corona Championship.

Cho-Hunicke first displayed some of her pieces in the locker room at March's MasterCard Classic Honoring Alejo Peralta Presented by Nextel for her Tour peers to see. She said the response was incredibly positive. She's also accommodating to players who may like a design, but want different colors.

"I encourage the girls that, if they are wearing a new outfit or new colors this season, to tell me," said Cho-Hunicke, a 2003 quantitative sciences graduate from the University of Florida, who competed on the Duramed FUTURES Tour after turning professional. "What I like about each piece is the story behind it. As I am creating it, I am curious to see who would wear it. Someone would never wear a certain piece that might be someone else's favorite."

Because this is her first year of traveling with the jewelry, she said she's also working on the extra organization to bring more materials with her so she can make pieces on the road. In the past, she would bring just enough materials to get her through a plane ride or nights during tournament week. Spending anywhere between 30 minutes up to four hours for each piece, Cho-Hunicke creates each piece with a perfectionist attitude.

"It's not the making of it that takes so long, it's figuring out how to design it the way I want.  I will start to make one, but then find a spot I could improve and take some of it apart. I don't like to just put things together and sell - I want it to look good," she said.

As a little girl, Cho-Hunicke said she enjoyed making things with her hands, like friendship bracelets and doing origami, but never imagined she would be so artistic as an adult until she started planning her wedding in 2006.

"I designed and made my own wedding invitations to save money and it actually ended up being really neat because it was my own creation," she said. "It was fun to make trips to the craft stores.  It's just such a great hobby. I like that it gets the creative side of my brain working."

With the success she hopes to have selling the jewelry, she said raising money for Fellowship is the motivating factor. Because of the time demands of being a professional Tour golfer, Cho-Hunicke's clientele is primarily Tour staff and members, as well as close friends. She plans to have a Web site set up at some point but also says - and Stevens has experienced with Cho-Hunicke and the other Tour members - her golf comes first.

"It is costly to play the tour and there are no financial guarantees," Stevens said. "Jeanne is personally trusting in God's faithfulness in her own life and also that she believes in the Tour ministry and wants to see it continue as a presence on the Tour."

 
2. Next week: Corona Championship, Tres Marias Golf Club, Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico, $1,300,000, April 23-26, 2009
 
Par:  36-37, 73
Yardage:  6,539
Format: 72-hole stroke play
            Winner:  $195,000
            Runner-up:  $119,479
Field:  132 players
Defending champion: Lorena Ochoa
Victory margin:  Defeated Song-Hee Kim by 11 strokes
Tournament information:  011-52-443-113-290

 
3. Pipeline to the LPGA Tour, April 5, 2009
 
The players finishing in the top five on the final 2009 Duramed FUTURES Tour money list will receive membership onto the 2010 LPGA Tour.

  Player Events played Earnings
1. Jean Reynolds 2 $14,878
2. Misun Cho 2 14,775
3. Song Yi Choi 2 10,878
4. Mina Harigae 2 10,742
5. Ashley Prange 2 6,134
  Nicole Hage 2 6,134
  Nicole Jeray 2 6,134
  Paola Moreno 1 6,134

Next tournament: $90,000, Louisiana Pelican Classic, The Wetlands, Lafayette, La., April 17-19, 2009
 
Charity: Goodwill Industries of Acadiana
 
For more information, log on to www.duramedfuturestour.com.
 

4. Race for the Cup
 
The Solheim Cup is a biennial, trans-Atlantic team match-play competition featuring the best U.S.-born players from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour and the best European members from the Ladies European Tour (LET). The U.S. Team leads the competition, 7-3, and has never lost The Solheim Cup on home soil.

Tickets are on-sale for the bi-annual event with options including the Weekly Grounds ticket, the PING Pavilion ticket and the Solheim After Sundown ticket. For tickets and more information about the 2009 Solheim Cup as well as lodging options in the Sugar Grove, Illinois area, log on to www.SolheimCup.com.
 
2009 Solheim Cup countdown:

-    62 days until double points are awarded at the McDonald's LPGA Championship Presented by Coca-Cola

-    111 days until U.S. and European teams are announced following the RICOH Women's British Open.

-    130 days until matches begin at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
 

 
5. LPGA news and notes
 
Carol Mann LPGA Players Invitational tees off in Houston. LPGA Tour and World Golf Halls of Fame member Carol Mann will host the 2009 Carol Mann LPGA Players Invitational Fore! The Women's Home, today, at BlackHorse Golf Club in Houston, Texas. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Women's Home of Houston. The day will start will a putting contest followed by an 18-hole tournament, which will commence at 1 p.m. and, for beginning female golfers, a four-stage, three-hour golf clinic will begin at 2:30 p.m.

Top performers in each aspect of golf will be on-hand throughout the day. Mann's fellow Tour members Kathy Whitworth, Sandra Haynie, Donna Caponi, Katie Futcher, Brittany Lang, 2009 Tour rookie Stacy Lewis and four-time Tour winner Angela Stanford committed to the event. For the clinic, Rick Martino, PGA of America director of instruction, along with LPGA Teaching and Club Professionals (T&CP): Nancy Ballard (Memorial Park Golf Course); Jennifer Burdette (BlackHorse Golf Club); Betsy Cullen (Pine Forest Country Club); Aurora Kirchner-McClain (Kingwood Golf Advantage School); Lori Tatum (Cypresswood Golf Club); and Deb Vangellow (Sweetwater Country Club) will be available for participants. Alli Jarrett of the USGA will also instruct participants on etiquette, rules and pace of play.
 
Vollstedt slated for Arizona Sports Hall of Fame. On April 16, LPGA Teaching & Club Professional Linda Vollstedt will be among four individuals inducted into the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame. Vollstedt is a former Arizona State University golf coach and will be honored during the 29th induction ceremony at the Phoenician Resort and Spa, hosted as part of the Phoenix Regional Sport Commission's mission to "Enrich Our Community Through Sports." Other inductees will include: Phoenix Suns broadcaster Al McCoy, former Arizona State University and Major League Baseball player Bob Horner, and former Arizona State University and National Football League player Darren Woodson.

The 2009 inductees will increase the Hall of Fame membership total to 69 individuals, which include Karsten Solheim, of the Solheim family behind The Solheim Cup - a biennial, trans-Atlantic competition between the United States and Europe. The 2009 Solheim Cup will be the 11th staging and will be hosted at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill., Aug. 21 to 23.
 
Faulconer hired at Innsbrook. LPGA Tour veteran Martha Faulconer was recently hired as the head golf professional at Innsbrook in Merry Hill, N.C. Faulconer competed on Tour from 1986 through 1993 with her career-best third-place finish coming at both the 1988 Mazda Classic and 1990 SAFECO Classic.
 
Third-annual ELORD KoreAm Pro-Am draws 20+ Tour players.
The 3rd annual ELORD KoreAm Pro-Am - sponsored by ELORD and KoreaAm, a monthly Korean American magazine - was supported by more than 20 LPGA professionals on April 6 at the Pacific Palms Resort in City of Industry, Calif. Proceeds from the event benefited The LPGA Foundation. The day ended in a three-way tie with the order of finish determined by scorecard. In first place were M.J. Hur with ELORD followed by Eun Jung Yi with Michelob and, in third place, Shanshan Feng who played with guests of ELORD.

LPGA pros participating included:  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.
 
Betty Ford Invitational Pro-Am celebrates 23rd year. On Monday, April 6, just hours after capturing her first major championship at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, Brittany Lincicome was among a group of LPGA Tour members who participated in the 23rd Annual Betty Ford Invitational Pro-Am at Morningside Golf Club in Palm Desert, Calif. The event benefits the Financial Assistance Program at the Betty Ford Center - a non-profit, comprehensive addiction hospital. LPGA professionals in attendance were: Lincicome, Kristy McPherson, Pat Hurst, Angela Stanford, Jimin Kang, Stacy Prammanasudh, Heather Young, Moira Dunn, Nicole Castrale, Julieta Granada, Alena Sharp, Rachel Hetherington, Michelle Ellis and Val Skinner.

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