She may only be 18, but Lydia Ko continues to demonstrate the maturity and awareness of a much older player.
After successfully defending her title in San Francisco, Ko will tee it up this week in the Volunteers of America North Texas Shootout in Dallas. She announced Wednesday that she'll be donating her winnings from the event to support the Nepal earthquake relief efforts.
“Obviously, it was very unfortunate when I got to hear that there was an earthquake in Nepal,” Ko said. “We had a big one in New Zealand, too, a couple years ago, and it affected a lot of people. It was in Christchurch, where we call it the Garden City. It still has the name, but there is still evidence of what has happened there. Natural disasters you can't do much about. Sometimes, it's hard to be prepared for it, so I thought, those people there, nice people and very innocent, so I wanted to give this tournament's earnings and donate it to them.”
Ko has won $908,810 on the LPGA this season, and she took home $270,000 for winning the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic last week, where she defeated Morgan Pressel in a playoff. This week's event at Las Colinas Country Club boasts a purse of $1.3 million, with $195,000 going to the winner.
A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, the death toll from which is currently estimated at more than 5,000.