NCGA PLUS

JUN 2019

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FACES OF THE NCGA Q: How special is it for you, as a Bay Area native, for there to be an LPGA event here again? CK: I grew up playing golf here, and I have a lot of really special memories here at Lake Merced – I qualified for my first U.S. Open through this golf course. I think it's hugely important for women's professional golf to be played here in the Bay Area and Northern California in general. We've got incredible women like Juli Inkster, Pat Hurst, Paula Creamer and Natalie Gulbis We've had some amazing golfers come through. There's a lot of really, really good golfers coming from the Bay Area. Q: The U.S. Open is coming back to the Bay Area, to the Olympic Club, in 2021. How big a deal is that for you; do you really look forward to being able to play in that? CK: Absolutely. To be able to play in your nation's championship, and for it to hosted in your backyard—we were lucky to have had it at CordeValle several years ago, and in '03 it was originally pegged to be played here at Lake Merced, but there were some logistical challenges that few came across that forced us to move to Portland for that year. For it to come back, 1) to the Bay Area, and 2) to such a historic and iconic golf course as the Olympic Club really is making people realize just how important women's professional golf is, and women in golf, and the game of golf itself. Q: What is one real important thing that you think could be done, right now, to raise the profile of women's golf, and get more women and girls involved in the game? CK: I think that what the LPGA is doing right now with our "Drive On" campaign has been pretty significant, just getting people to understand that there's more to golf than just hitting a golf ball. Right or wrong, good or bad, women always have to live in a world of double standards, we always have to live in a world where people feel like women have more to prove just because of the way that society has been for thousands of years. Getting people to understand that, yes, we play golf, and yes, we kick butt at golf, but there is so much more to this story. Y ou can count on Christina Kim having the annual LPGA Tour MEDIHEAL Championship circled on her calendar. The event is basically in the San Jose native's backyard. The NCGA caught up with Kim at this year's event. AP

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