For one LPGA Hall of Famer, the most rewarding victory is in giving back.
When Betsy King, 34-time LPGA Tour winner and 6-time Major Champion, was selected as Solheim Cup captain in 2007, she viewed it as the ideal platform from which to promote a cause dear to her heart; the AIDS crisis in Africa.
In 2006, King and her good friend Debbie Quesada traveled to Africa on a church mission trip. Upon returning to Arizona, they became determined to raise awareness, funds and support for people in Africa infected or affected by the AIDS pandemic.
“Debbie and I both were attracted to Rwanda,” King says. “We just felt connected to the people there and wanted to do something.”
That attraction parlayed into the establishment of their organization, Golf Fore Africa, in 2007. The Scottsdale-based nonprofit, which has the support of the LPGA through a member-charity initiative, has helped more than 60 children gain sponsorship by members and fans of the LPGA. Superstars like Lorena Ochoa also donate their time to country club events and Golf Fore Africa clinics and raise the funds to advance the organization’s goals.