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Dec
5
2010
By Stephanie Wei under LPGA

Maria Hjorth accepts first-prize check at the LPGA Tour Championship

Maria Hjorth sank a clutch downhill eight-foot slider to capture the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship at Grand Cypress Golf Club in Orlando, FL. She dropped her putter and lifted her arms with joy before her baby daughter Emily gave her a congratulatory hug. (Kodak moment!)

Hjorth shot a final round even-par 72, five-under 283 for the tournament to edge out Amy Yang, who held the 36-hole lead, by one shot. Yang drained a huge 20-footer on 18 for birdie to put the pressure on Hjorth, forcing her to make her par putt.

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Dec
3
2010

Kristy McPherson high-fives her caddie at LPGA Tour Championship in frigid Orlando morning

“It was like going into a fan and getting an ice bucket thrown in your face,” said Kenny Ebalo, who is caddying for Andres Gonzales.

Ebalo was referring to the chilly conditions on Thursday morning at Orange County National in Orlando, Florida, the site of this week’s PGA Tour Q-school. That’s right — it was 44 degrees, but felt like 37 degrees with the wind chill at around 9am. Andres, Ebalo and Michael Putnam, who is playing to get better status on the PGA Tour next year, had just sat down for lunch and were exchanging battle stories from grinding in the “really” cold temperatures.

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Dec
2
2010

Co-leader Amy Yang hits an approach during the first round at Grand Cypress

It’s never a surprise to see South Koreans atop the leaderboard of an LPGA event. Amy Yang and Seon Hwa Lee, relative unknowns to the casual American LPGA fan, shot a pair of five-under 67s to open the season-ending LPGA Tour Championship. These ladies are playing without pressure unlike their fellow Koreans Jiyai Shin and Na Yeon Choi, who are in the tight race to become the first South Korean to take home the LPGA’s most prestigious honors.

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Dec
2
2010

LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan, Na Yeon Choi, LPGA Foundation President Carol Corcoran

Na Yeon Choi announced on the eve of the season-finale LPGA Tour Championship that she will make a donation of $30,000 to LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, a program of the LPGA Foundation. Choi, perhaps better known as “NYC,” wanted to celebrate the realization of her dream to play on the LPGA Tour by giving bck to the community.

NYC is ranked first on the LPGA official money list as of November 29,2010, with approximately $1,8 million in earnings.

Choi is the second LPGA star in less than a month to make voluntary donations. Three weeks ago, In-Kyung Kim donated her $220,00 first-prize earnings at the Lorena Ochoa Invitational to charity. Kim’s big-hearted gesture,was one of the most inspiring stories of the year (which didn’t garner the coverage it deserved because pure goodwill isn’t sexy enough sometimes).

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