11.18.2010

in-kyung kim donates entire lpga event winnings to charity


You know who's awesome? In-Kyung Kim. Last weekend at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, the 22-year-old golf star shot a final-round 64, jumping ahead to nab her third career LPGA win. Yaaaaaaay.

That's awesome, but what's even more awesome is that Kim donated all of her winnings from the week -- $200,000 -- to charity: In-Kyung Kim wins LPGA event, donates entire winnings to charity.

See, In-Kyung Kim shot a final-round 64 on Sunday at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational, good enough to leapfrog the leaders and win by three shots, her third career LPGA win. Instead of celebrating like crazy or boasting about how good she is at such a young age, Kim did something spectacular: She donated all of her winnings from the week to charity.

Half of the $220,000 she won went to Lorena's charity, which funds educational programs for Mexican youth, and the other half is headed towards a charity in the United States.
In a world of inflated pro athlete salaries and endorsement deals, this is pretty amazing, considering that the amount she's giving to charity is nearly 20 percent of her entire earnings for the season. Huge props to In-Kyung Kim. More here: Kim honors Ochoa with a gift.