Kim honors Ochoa with a gift


In-Kyung Kim couldn’t have honored Lorena Ochoa in a more fitting manner after winning Ochoa’s event Sunday in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Kim proved herself a kindred spirit to Ochoa, not only as a birdie machine, but as a humanitarian.

After besting the Lorena Ochoa Invitational scoring record by six shots (19-under 269), Kim announced she was donating her entire first-place check ($220,000) to charity, half to the Lorena Ochoa Foundation and half to an American charity to be named later.

Kim said a benefactor helped her parents fund her desire to go to school and play golf in the United States when she was 16, and that kindness makes her appreciate the importance of giving back. Ochoa’s beloved in her native Mexico not only for her golf but for the considerable work her foundation does for the school she created and other causes.

“I went to Lorena's party, and I saw the kids, how she is helping kids with her foundation, and I [decided] if I win, I will be giving all the money to the people who need help,” Kim said.