Current, Former LPGA Champs to Pair up for Charity Exhibition Match

  • By Choi Soo-hyun

    September 20, 2019 10:22

    Past and present champions of women's golf from six countries will play in an exhibition match in Korea this weekend.

    LPGA Tour legends Juli Inkster of the U.S., Annika Sorenstam of Sweden, Lorena Ochoa of Mexico and Pak Se-ri of Korea, who dominated the sport in the late 1990s to mid-2000s, will gather for the Seolhaeone Legends Match in Yangyang, Gangwon Province on Saturday and Sunday.

    On the first day, each of the legends will pair up with one of the current young players, comprising world No. 2 Park Sung-hyun of Korea, No. 3 Lexi Thompson of the U.S., No. 6 Lee Min-jee of Australia and No. 8 Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand. The pairs will play in two foursomes.

    The next day, the legends will take part in a ceremonial tee-off, before the current top rankers play a skins game.

    Top from left, Lorena Ochoa, Pak Se-ri, Annika Sorenstam and Juli Inkster; Bottom from left, Ariya Jutanugarn, Lexi Thompson, Park Sung-hyun and Lee Min-jee

    The pairing of legends and young players was decided by an online vote by 2,000 golf fans from Sept. 3-9. The pairing of Sorenstam and Park received 46 percent of the vote. Pak and Thompson will be in the same team, while Inkster is paired with Lee, and Ochoa with Jutanugarn.

    The prize money for the skins game will be donated to victims of the wildfire in Gangwon Province earlier this year. Each legend will commentate live for the gallery for one hole each.

    Pak, who pioneered Korean women's golf and has rarely played golf since her retirement, said, "I practiced a lot for the event and feel like an active player again."

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