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