Two weeks ago in Arkansas, I had lunch with Jiyai Shin after her practice round. We talked about a little bit of everything, from the 90 pairs of white pants she has between her closets in Georgia and South Korea to the homework she has for her physical education classes at Yonsei University in Seoul. (She talks to her professors via phone on Mondays when she’s traveling.) We also talked about her commitment to charity. When Shin wins an LPGA event and calls her father, the first thing they talk about is charity.
“He’s really happy with my thinking,” said Shin, whose father used to pastor a small country church.
Last week, Shin won the KLPGA Championship and, according to an LPGA release, donated her entire winner’s check ($140,000) to South Korean charities. Na Yeon Choi, who earned $30,000 for finishing third, did likewise.
“What I really needed here was the trophy and not the money,” Shin said. “I am very happy to have a good showing here at home. I hope this really helps those in need.”
Shin isn’t the flashiest player on tour, but acts like this shouldn’t go unnoticed.