Korean golfer fea­tured at Texas Shootout re­cep­tion

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Il­hee Lee is a golfer from Seoul who moved to Dal­las a few years ago. She started golf­ing at age 10 and turned pro­fes­sional at 17. Now 28, she’s had sev­eral top-10 fin­ishes and has ca­reer earn­ings of over $2 mil­lion on the LPGA tour.

Lee was the main at­trac­tion at a re­cep­tion Satur­day at Las Coli­nas Coun­try Club. The event was to draw at­ten­tion to the suc­cess of South Korean women golfers. South Kore­ans have won one lo­cal LPGA tour­na­ment, the Vol­un­teers of Amer­ica Texas Shootout, three out of its four years. The fifth tour­na­ment is sched­uled for April 24-30 at the Las Coli­nas Coun­try Club.

Lee will be there. And she’s hop­ing the grow­ing lo­cal Korean com­mu­nity will be also.

“What I like most is when I hear Kore­ans cheer­ing me on,” she said.

This year, sev­eral lo­cal Korean busi­nesses, in­clud­ing Lit­tle Katana and Korea Town News, are spon­sors. Jeanne Smith, who or­ga­nized the re­cep­tion, is the Korean am­bas­sador for the tour­na­ment.

Matt Truax, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the Texas Shootout, gave her roses in ap­pre­ci­a­tion of her work. He pointed out that Korean women make up “10 of the top 20, 22 of the top 50, and 55 of the top 150 women golfers.”

Sean Pyun, vice pres­i­dent of LPGA Tour Asia, con­ducted a Q&A ses­sion with Lee, and then Lee signed au­to­graphs.

To learn more, visit lp­ga­tex­as­shootout.com.

Fes­ti­val of col­ors

Hin­dus cel­e­brated what’s of­ten called the world’s most col­or­ful fes­ti­val — Holi — on Sun­day and Mon­day. Google even jumped on board with a mul­ti­col­ored doo­dle on its home­page Mon­day.

The fes­ti­val marks the be­gin­ning of spring and the tri­umph of good over evil. The col­ored pow­der — or gu­lal — thrown dur­ing the fes­ti­val re­calls the leg­end of Kr­ishna. Be­cause his skin was dark blue, he was wor­ried he wouldn’t be ac­cepted by his love Radha. So he col­ored her face to make her like him­self.

The col­ors are sym­bolic — red re­flects love and fer­til­ity, blue is the color of Kr­ishna, yel­low is the color of turmeric, and green rep­re­sents spring and new be­gin­nings.

Sev­eral lo­cal groups joined in the tra­di­tion. Last Sun­day, the BAPS tem­ple in Irv­ing and FunAsia and Mys­tic Man­dala hosted Holi fes­ti­vals.

The DFW Hindu Tem­ple, 1605 N. Bri­tain Road in Irv­ing, will present a Grand Holi and Anand Bazaar start­ing at 1 p.m. Sun­day. And from noon to 5 p.m. March 26, Radha Kr­ishna Tem­ple of Dal­las will host Fes­ti­val of Col­ors 2017 at South­fork Ranch, 3700 Hogge Drive in Parker.

Author visit

Lisa See is the Los An­ge­les­based author of sev­eral best­sellers. Her first book, On Gold Moun­tain: The One Hun­dred Year Odyssey of My Chi­ne­seAmer­i­can Fam­ily (1995), traces the jour­ney of her great­grand­fa­ther, Fong See, who over­came ob­sta­cles to be­come the 100-year-old god­fa­ther of Los An­ge­les’s Chi­na­town.

Her lat­est book, The Tea Girl of Hum­ming­bird Lane, fo­cuses on mother/daugh­ter re­la­tion­ships, the his­tory of tea and the Akha eth­nic mi­nor­ity of China.

See comes to North Texas to talk about the book in two pro­grams: at 7 p.m. Sun­day at High­land Park United Methodist Church, 3300 Mock­ing­bird Lane, and at 1 p.m. Mon­day at the North Rich­land Hills Li­brary, 9015 Grand Ave. Both pro­grams are free. In ad­di­tion, Sun­day’s pro­gram will of­fer a re­cep­tion at 6 p.m. with the author for $30. To regis­ter, call 214-5232240 or go to hpumc.org.

Deb­o­rah Fleck/Staff

Golfer Il­hee Lee signed au­to­graphs af­ter a re­cep­tion Satur­day at Las Coli­nas Coun­try Club.

DEB­O­RAH FLECK

LISA SEE

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