Kim donates check from Ochoa event
In-Kyung Kim holds the trophy after winning the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.
Updated Nov 16, 2010 6:57 PM ET
For a 22-year-old, In-Kyung Kim thinks big. Not just in terms of golf, though she does expect big things from her game, but in terms of life. Kim looks at the big picture — whether it’s the environment, worldwide disasters, or a child’s dream and an opportunity to help. For Kim, it’s all about timing. “It’s the same with golf, with love,” Kim said. “You can’t always wait. You have to give what you have right now.”
Which is why, moments after clinching the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, Kim told Golf Channel viewers that she planned to donate her entire paycheck, $220,000, to charity. Half of the money will go to Ochoa’s foundation, the other half to an American charity of her choice. That’s a large chunk of the $1,121,381 Kim has earned this season.
It’s a wonderful, selfless act that probably won’t generate the attention it deserves. Kim decided months before she arrived in Mexico that when she won again on tour, she would donate her entire check. When she called back home to Korea after the victory, her father asked, “Well, did you really do it?” Kim confirmed. “Everything?” her father replied.
It is hard to believe, though Kim said her parents are proud. “She does so many great things,” Kim said of Ochoa, “and I wanted to be a part of it.”
Kim has been far more independent than most Korean players, living on her own in San Diego and essentially calling the shots on tour. She also has an impressive grasp of the English language, having come to the International Junior Golf Academy on Hilton Head Island as a teenager, alone.
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