Ko finishes 41st in effort to raise money for Nepal

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Lydia Ko didn’t take home a trophy Sunday at the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout, but she battled for every cent she’s sending to the relief effort intended to help Nepal recover from the devastating earthquake.

Ko closed with an even-par 71 to finish tied for 41st. She earned $6,241. Before the event’s start, she pledged to donate all of her winnings to the relief effort.

“I wish a couple more putts would have dropped,” Ko said.

Ko had to rally Friday just to make the cut, making three birdies on her back nine to make it on the number. If she had missed the cut, there would have been no winnings to donate to Nepal. She said she was so emotional holing a final 6-foot putt Friday to assure that she made the cut that she felt like crying.

“I didn't know if I was even going to be able to make the cut, or even make a donation from this event,” Ko said. “But, luckily, I was able to play all four days. The last three days was a lot of grinding, but I'm happy that I can contribute.”

Ko said she hopes going public with her donation brought more awareness to the relief effort.