In 1998, Se Ri Pak won the U.S. Women's Open, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Championship, and was named LPGA Rookie of the Year. She shot the lowest score ever for an LPGA tournament, and her 10-under-par 61 at the Jamie Farr Classic went into the record books as the best round of golf in LPGA history. Declared "a national treasure," this phenomenal athlete from the Republic of South Korea was only twenty years old. In her quest to be the best, Se Ri endured loneliness, isolation, and a training program that was at times unorthodox and harsh. However, her greatest challenges may lie beyond the links as she struggles to become an independent woman while finding a way to "...honor her father, serve the game, and blend two very different cultures together...." This book is part of the "Sports' New Wave" series. 2000, Millbrook Press, Ages 10 up, $19.90. Reviewer: Ellen R. Braaf
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-In 1998, 20-year-old Pak won the Ladies Professional Golf Association Championship. The South Korean native sacrificed time and friendships to become the best in her sport. Stewart describes how this young woman found a home in the United States and how her hero became her friend and mentor. It is a fairy tale come true; the glass slippers just happen to be golf shoes, the horse-drawn carriage is a golf cart, and her fairy godmother is Nancy Lopez. This easy-to-read biography includes plenty of color photographs of Pak and her fans, family, and rivals-even one of the athlete with her teddy bear. Frequent sidebars offer additional bits of trivia, anecdotes, and quotes. Packed with plenty of information, this enjoyable book will inspire readers.-Barb Lawler, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.