combat AIDs and poverty in Third World African
nations. She also has involved several current
players, including Stacy Lewis, in travelling with
her and helping to raise money for the cause.
“It’s life-changing,” King said. “I know
things aren’t easy here in the U.S., but we just
don’t know what it’s like to live in a Third World
country where the vast majority of the popula-
tion is poor and living in conditions without
electricity, without indoor plumbing, with 50,
60, 70 percent unemployment.”
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO | Hall of
Famer Betsy King, who retired from competi-
tive golf in 2005, nevertheless played in her
31st U.S. Open last week. And while she did not
make the cut, just getting here was clearly a
King said she decided to try to qualify just
to get her competitive juices flowing as she
prepared for a Legends event. Then, surprise,
surprise, she shot 73-71 in a Mesa, Ariz., quali-
fying event and got into the tournament. At 55,
she was the oldest player in the field, and one
of the happiest.
“There were just a number of events that
happened that I felt God was telling me to
retire,” King said. “And my game wasn’t there,
too. The last year (2005), I played in only 10
events and only made the cut once or twice.”
The events in her life at the time included
the prognosis of terminal cancer for her late
father, as well as her late mother being diag-
nosed with Alzheimer’s. She also had shoulder
surgery in 2006.
“It was definitely becoming a struggle,” King
said. “Just the situation, I think that was the
best thing for me to do, but I never officially
King has no plans to make any sort of come-
back, because, she said, she’s only played in five
events since 2005 and definitely has no regrets.
“You know what it takes to play your best,”
she said, “and I definitely don’t have the desire
to do that.”
Instead, she has focused primarily on char-
ity work, particularly humanitarian efforts to
When the rain-delayed first round of the U.S.
Women’s Open was finally finished, 18-year-old
Amy Anderson was at the very top of the lead-
erboard, a major surprise both to herself and
anyone else who follows women’s golf.
Congratulations So Yeon Ryu for
capturing her rst title on American
soil by winning the U.S. Women's
Open Championship in a playoff.
Ryu STORMS the
U.S. Women's Open
with playoff victory
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