imnotasquirrel (imnotasquirrel) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

South Korean golf trailblazer Se Ri Pak bids an emotional farewell as she retires

* Se Ri Pak's historic win at the 1998 US Women's Open inspired Koreans everywhere to pick up the game. (not me tho, oops. but i still love ha.) At the time Pak won the 1998 US Women's Open, she was the only Korean player on the LPGA tour. Today, over 1/3 of the world's top 100 players are from South Korea. Of the 34 South Korean players competing full time on the LPGA circuit this season, 27 have an LPGA win under their belts.

* Her final game ended with a farewell ceremony as LPGA golfers from around the world showed up to celebrate Se Ri Pak and offer her bouquets of flowers. Olympic gold medal winner Inbee Park, who wasn't playing in this tournament due to a thumb injury, drove an hour to pay her respects.

* Her biggest fan is some white lady (Stacey Barnes) from Arkansas who first met Pak in 2009 during the Walmart Northwest Arkansas Championship. Barnes flew to South Korea for Pak's retirement, having previously never been on a flight longer than an hour. Pak recognized Barnes, "invited her inside the ropes during the pro-am round and introduced Barnes to some of her favorite Korean foods at the halfway house." Barnes also joined Pak's family for dinner after the retirement celebration, and Pak invited her to the event's gala.

* Se Ri Pak is credited with "instilling the pride and determination needed to stabilize the country financially." When will your faves?

“When my career started to take off,” said Pak, “I really wanted it to start with me, but not end with me.”

sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

She's considered to be South Korea's Tiger Woods. IDGAF about golf but I adore Se Ri Pak.
Tags: asian celebrities, sports / athletes

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