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The 2nd Korea Town Aurora Golf Tournament Brings Golf Lovers and the Community Together

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“We welcome everyone to the 2nd annual Korea Town Aurora Golf Tournament!”

     Last Thursday on August 25th, the 2nd Aurora Korea Town Charity Golf Tournament was successfully held at the CommonGround Golf Course (10300 E Golfers Wy, Aurora, CO 80010) in the city of Aurora.  

     This historical event was jointly hosted by the city of Aurora and the Korean community leaders which ended up with the support of many volunteers and Korean golf lovers. The Aurora Sister Cities International and the Korean Committee for the preparation of Korea Town Aurora played a pivotal role in setting up the event as well as gathering as much support as possible in order to launch an initiative of promoting the ‘Korea Town Aurora.’

Participants arrive early in the morning to greet their acquaintances at the 2nd Aurora Korean Town Sponsored Golf Tournament.(Photo Rachel Y Cho)

     The tournament attracted golf enthusiasts and many Koreans from large and small golf clubs with the hope of contributing to the successful launching of the Korea Town in the city of Aurora. Many Korean businesses as well as American companies such as US Bank and 1st Bank sponsored this event and nearly 100 people participated in the tournament. The R&C Management, On Havana Street, and PXG was the diamond sponsor of the event.

     This year, Jared Polis, the governor of the state of Colorado also sent his warm greetings and congratulations of this event through a letter. “In celebration of your Second Annual Korea Town Golf Tournament, I would like to thank you for all your hard work, your support to the progress of our international communities, and your commitment to the advancement of the Korean community within our state,” he wrote.

The Colorado Times also participated as a gold sponsor and enjoyed golf

     The Colorado Times, a gold sponsor of this year’s tournament, also participated in the game and met many participants from different regions of Colorado. Everyone seemed to be cheering for the upcoming launch of Korea Town and looked excited to see the Korean community gathering to promote the future of Korea Town in the city of Aurora. “It is such a proud moment to see people participating in the event which will ultimately contribute to growing our Korean community and businesses. And most importantly, it is a beautiful day to play golf and enjoy the weather,” one of the participants said during an interview.

Deputy Governor Diane Primavera speech a congratulatory (Photo Rachel Y Cho)

Prior to the start of the tournament at 8AM on Thursday, approximately 30 volunteers were busy distributing tournament souvenirs to participants and handing out breakfast burritos to cheer them up. Especially, there were many volunteers from the US Bank who came to help the smooth process of the tournament and devoted their time to help the committee. Moreover, Tom Kim, who is currently a candidate to be Colorado’s next State Senator for Senate District 27, also paid a visit to encourage participants and cheer for the tournament.

Tom Kim, a third-generation Korean running for the Senate

Lieutenant Governor Diane Primavera visited the event prior to the game and gave her sincere speech of congratulations. “It is very impressive that the Korean community is working together to hold such a successful golf tournament despite the tough times. The city of Aurora is ethnically the most diverse and dynamic city and I would like to congratulate your successful hosting of the 2nd Korea Town Aurora Golf Tournament,” she said. Karlyn Shorb, the chief executive officer for the Aurora Sister Cities International also stated “We are overwhelmed with excitement and joy to host this tournament and wish to continue our effort to support Korean community launch their KoreaTown Aurora. Thank you everyone!”

After roughly 4 hours of the game, participants enjoyed lunch and the award ceremony followed. This year’s Men’s Champion was Jake Williams(Total 70, To Par Gross -1) and Women’s Champion was Sun Im An(Total 74, To Par Gross +3). The Senior Champion was Kwang Ik Lim(Total 75, To Par Gross +4). The Closest to the Pin awards went to Hole #2 Kitae Kang, Hole #6 Simmon Kim, Hole #12 Hee Jeong Kim and Hole #14 Eric Yi. The Longest Drive award went to Eddie Chung and Seungha Choi. 

According to the Committee, the funds raised through the golf tournament will be used mainly for the public relations(PR) purpose for promoting the Korea Town Aurora, including the distribution of brochures, printings, online advertisements, and the Korea Town Aurora website management.

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Rachel Y cho
Rachel Y cho
• BA Journalism&Mass Communication, Korea University • BA International Studies, Korea University • MA International Security, University of Denver

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