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Monday, July 14, 2014

LPGA winner to give 100K to Greensburg storm victims

Associated Press

South Korea's Mi Hyun Kim said Tuesday that she will donate $100,000 of her winnings from the SemGroup Championship to benefit Kansans affected by a deadly tornado last week.

The donation to the United Way Greensburg Disaster Fund amounts to nearly half of the $210,000 Kim won by defeating Hall of Famer Juli Inkster in a playoff Sunday at the LPGA tournament at Cedar Ridge Country Club. The tornado destroyed Greensburg on Friday night.

"I was just happy that I won the tournament," Kim said. "Sunday and during the week, the tornadoes came out of the middle of nowhere. I felt like I needed to do something for them. Winning a tournament on its own was a good thing, but I just decided to donate some money."

Kim, 30, has won eight LPGA events and her career earnings on the tour total more than $6.5 million since 1999.

"Honestly, I made a lot of money in the United States on the LPGA Tour," Kim said. "Most of time, I get the money here and donate to South Korea. But, I want to help people here, too."

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