"My father sat me down and said, 'This is what we exchanged for your mother's life. I'm going to invest this in you, so be successful. Go get it.'" --Jiyai Shin on the death of her mother, who died when Jiyai was 15 years old. Shin's father poured the leftover life insurance money, $17,000, into her golf game after paying off family debts.
Who would have guessed back then that at age 21--among all her other accomplishments--Shin would be a featured participant in this month's JLPGA orientation session in Chiba? Everybody's gotta participate, no exceptions!
And to think if I had known about it, I could have finished my grading early and packed the family off to visit the in-laws on the off-chance we might bump into Shin, Seon Hwa Lee, Candie Kung, Inbee Park, or some other '10 JLPGAer in downtown Chiba!