The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship presented by P&G marks the first LPGA Tour start for In Gee Chun since the AIG Women’s Open. With a little over a month between tournaments, she did almost anything but rest.
On September 12th, Chun finished 10th in the KB Financial Group Star Championship, a major on the Korean LPGA Tour hosted by its largest sponsor. She also made the trek to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to an event at the Lancaster Country Club – the site of her 2015 US Women’s Open non-membership win – to help benefit her education foundation.
“I played a lot of golf in Korea because I was playing my sponsor’s tournament and I wanted to get a good result in my home country, so I played a lot of golf,” said Chun. “And I went to Lancaster to raise money for my educational foundation. It was great to see the award winners, board members and members. I go there every year and raise money, do something to donate to all members and children. It’s great to have a good community with good people out there. “
In 2018, the three-time LPGA champion founded the In Gee Chun Lancaster Country Club Educational Foundation, which awards scholarships to young Lancaster youth attending college and returns to Lancaster nonprofit organizations. Chun traced her 5 under par 66 in the first round at Pinnacle Country Club to the recent positive community commitments she made in Pennsylvania.
“I had a good mood from there. So I did a good lap today, ”said Chun. “I feel like you need a lot of birdies out here because the players can score low, but the first thing I try is a bogey free round and as many birdies as possible. That is my goal.”