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Golfer donates part of prize money to hunger relief

November 16, 2018
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So Yeon Ryu winner 2018 Meijer LPGA Classic
So Yeon Ryu. Courtesy Meijer

The reigning champion of the Meijer LPGA Classic has given a portion of her winnings to the retailer’s hunger-relief program.

So Yeon Ryu donated $100,000 of her $300,000 prize to the Simply Give program, which helps stock the shelves of Meijer food pantry partners across the Midwest.

"On Pro-Am day, I was joined with the CEO of Meijer and had a chance to learn more about the Simply Give program," Ryu said. "I decided to donate to the program if I win this tournament and that became my motivation. I am very happy that I could keep the promise to myself."

Ryu competed in the fifth-annual Meijer LPGA Classic against 144 golfers who played the 72-hole tournament at Blythefield Country Club in Belmont in June.

She shot 21 under par in the final round.

Her prize was from a pot of $2 million, which was shared among the top-10 finishers.

“Thanks to So Yeon Ryu’s generosity, the impact of the Meijer LPGA Classic is extended to additional hungry neighbors in the communities we serve,” said Rick Keyes, president and CEO, Meijer.

“I had the opportunity to spend time with her during tournament week and explain the importance of the Simply Give program. We’re thankful at just how much she appreciates and supports what our tournament is trying to accomplish.”

With Ryu's donation, the five tournaments have generated $4.3 million for food pantries across the Midwest.

Since Meijer started Simply Give in November 2008, it has generated more than $43 million for its food pantry partners.

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