South Korean, who inspired a generation of players from her homeland, will receive the award in June during U.S. Open week
Announced: By the USGA, that Se Ri Pak will receive the Bob Jones Award, the association’s top honor. She will be honored during the U.S. Open in June at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y. The award recognizes an individual who demonstrates the spirit, character and respect for the game exhibited by the late Jones, a former Grand Slam winner and co-founder of Augusta National (Ga.) Golf Club, site of the annual Masters. Pak, 42, of South Korea, inspired a generation of Koreans with her victory in the 1998 U.S. Women’s Open. She won 25 times on the LPGA, including five major championships, and 14 times on the Korean LPGA en route to a 2007 enshrinement in the World Golf Hall of Fame. Today, 14 of the top 30 players in the women's Rolex Rankings are South Koreans.