March 14 - The Korean Golfer Who Loves To Give

courThe Korean Golfer Who Loves To Give


He was born the son of a rice farmer in Wando, South Korea and didn't become interested in golf until age 16. He is K. J. Choi who started out to be a power-lifter but retired when his 5-foot-8 frame could not handle power-lifting at the highest levels. He was raised in the Onnuri Community Church in Korea, a church known for its cell groups and their spreading the Gospel through the disciplines of discipleship. He met his wife in this church and was discipled by Pastor Yong Jo Ha for this large church.

He began competing in the PGA in 2000 by placing dead last in their qualifying school. He said, "I was overwhelmed."

What was his goal in golf? "I always said to myself I would be the first PGA Tour player out of Korea and I never deviated out of that."

His first two PGA Tour victories came in 2002 at tournaments in New Orleans and Tampa and two years later he came to America to play on his first President's Cup team for the international squad in 2003. He went on from there and as they say, the rest is history...really "HIS"-story. He has won more than $18 million in prize money and wants his success to motivate other Korean golfers and also wants his "God-given riches to help and bless other Christian causes." After his 2005 victory at the Chrysler Classic, Choi donated $90,000 of his earnings to the Korean Presbyterian Church in Greensboro!

Humbleness keeps his focus on the right path. "When I'm getting mad at golf or getting upset or nervous on the golf course, I just start singing hymns or thinking about Bible verses," he says. And I'd say a lesson that comes across in any language!

"Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go" (Joshua 1:7)