The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G is the first LPGA Tour start for In Gee Chun since the AIG Women’s Open. With a little more than a month between tournaments, she did just about everything but rest.
On September 12th, Chun finished in a tie for 10th at the KB Financial Group Star Championship, a major on the Korean LPGA Tour hosted by her biggest sponsor. She also made the trek to Lancaster, Pa., for an event at Lancaster Country Club—the site of her U.S. Women’s Open victory as a non-member in 2015—to benefit her educational foundation.
“I played a lot of golf in Korea because I played my sponsor’s event and wanted to make a good result in my home country, so I did a lot of golf,” Chun said. “And I went to Lancaster to raise money for my educational foundation. It was great to see the recipients, board members and members. I go every year and raise money, do something to donate to all the members and kids. Great to have a good community with good people out there.”
In 2018, the three-time LPGA champion launched the In Gee Chun Lancaster Country Club Educational Foundation, which awards scholarships to Lancaster youth pursuing higher education and gives back to Lancaster nonprofits. Chun attributed her 5-under par 66 in the first round at Pinnacle Country Club to the recent positive community engagements she fulfilled in Pennsylvania.
“I had a good vibe from there. That's how I made a good round today,” said Chun. “I feel like you need lots of birdies out here because players can score low, but first thing I'm trying to make is a bogey-free round and as many birdies as I can. That's my goal.”