The first major tournament of the LPGA Tour season was a stage to reaffirm that the United States is a multiracial and multiracial country.
The LPGA Tour Chevron Championship (total prize money of $5.1 million), which ended on the 24th (Korean time) at The Club Carlton Woods (par 72, 6824 yards) in Woodlands, Texas, USA, shared 1st to 3rd place with American players. All three ‘roots’ were different and attracted attention.
Lilia Vu (USA), who won the championship after an overtime match, is a Vietnamese-American. Boo’s maternal grandfather became communist after the Vietnam War, but she is famous for her story of escaping from her homeland on a boat in 1982 and settling in the United States. Her father’s parents are also Vietnamese, and she gave birth to her father in Los Angeles, California. Her wealth includes a political science degree at UCLA, and she grew up as an American and enjoyed the thrill of winning her first major championship. She took her second win of the season following Honda Thailand in February, heralding the birth of a new star. Attention is also focused on whether ‘Lilia Kids’ will be born in Vietnam, a golf barren land.
The Angel, who had a bloody battle with Boo, is of Chinese descent. She was also born in LA and grew up as an American, and she showed off her extraordinary skills from her junior days, including winning the World Junior Championships in Cebu 7-8 and the California Women’s Amateur Championship twice. 안전놀이터
Nellie Korda, who gave the United States its first Olympic golf women’s gold medal in 120 years, is also Czech-American. Her parents are Czech, and her sporting background includes her winning the US Australian Open as a tennis star. Her older sister, Jessica Korda, also showed off her formidable skills on her LPGA tour.
Following them were Thailand’s Ataya Titikul, who won last year’s LPGA Tour Rookie of the Year, Korea’s Kim A-rim and Yang Hee-young, and Switzerland’s Albane Valenzuela. How global the LPGA tour has become has been revealed in major tournaments.
Boo, who won the championship by catching a birdie on the first hole of the playoff, became the new ‘Lady of the Lake’. Until last year, this tournament, which was held at Mission Hills CC in California, was famous for the ceremony in which the winner jumped into a pond around the green of the 18th hole called ‘Poppy’s Pond’. The ceremony, in which not only the winner but also her caddy and her family dived together, was considered a signature event at major events on the LPGA Tour.
There were observations that the Lake Ceremony might disappear because the stage was moved to Texas this year, but Chevron, the title sponsor, decided to carry on the tradition. The lake near the 18th hole at Carleton Woods was dredged to create a space for the ceremony. Although not compulsory, Boo happily jumped in and celebrated the birth of a new ‘Lady of the Lake’.