Mina Harigae gave an interview to LPGA website.
Mina Harigae, statements
“I didn’t really know anything about golf, but I wanted to get out with kids my own age. That’s where the event was, so, yeah, that’s where I was first introduced to the game. Being able to play golf and do this for a living is something that I never take for granted. There are all kinds of ups and downs in golf, like with everything else in life, but you’re playing golf. That puts things in the right perspective, for sure. My mom came to America when she was 12. My dad came over from Japan when he was in his 20s to go to culinary school. They’ve had a Japanese restaurant in Monterey (called Takara, one of the most popular sushi spots on the Peninsula) for a long time and they’re working every day. They literally work every day. It started small, really just a (food) stand, almost. But it has grown. They’ve been able to raise a family because of the hard work and dedication that they put into that business. That was their American dream and they realized it. They’re still realizing it every day. And because of them, I was able to pursue my American dream of playing professional golf. Our family and the friends my parents developed through owning the restaurant helped me through my junior and amateur career. As a young person, you don’t know how much junior golf costs. You have no idea. Now, I realize what a sacrifice it was for my family for me to play the events I played and do the things I was able to do in the game. The people who helped are still friends to this day. They still follow me and want to know what is happening with me. It’s a great bond that has been created. I’m so proud of my Japanese heritage and culture,” Mina said. “At the same time, growing up in California and now living in Arizona, I am about as American as you can get. That’s one of the greatest things about being Asian American. I’ve got the best of two worlds. I appreciate it every day. And I don’t ever forget it”.
In Texas Kyoung-Hoon Lee wins with 263 (65 65 67 66, -25) hits the AT&T Byron Nelson and celebrates his first career title on the PGA Tour. The tournament, after Sung Kang’s success in 2019 (the competition in 2020 was canceled for Covid), for the second consecutive time it was conquered by a South Korean player. Double joy for Kyoung-Hoon Lee who, with this exploit, wins the pass to play the PGA Championship, according to Major 2021 scheduled from 20 to 23 May in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
At McKinney (32 miles north of Dallas) the American Sam Burns (leading at the end of the second and third laps) closes second with 266 (-22) and comes close to an encore on the maximum US circuit after his success two weeks ago at the Valspar Championship. Third place (267, -21) for the Americans Patton Kizzire, Daniel Berger and Scott Stallings, as well as for the South African Charl Schwartzel. Top 10 for the Texan Jordan Spieth, 9 / o with 270 (-18). Among the big names, the Spaniard Jon Rahm, world number 3, does not go beyond 34 / o place (275, -13), with the Japanese Hideki Matsuyama – returning after his triumph at The Masters – 39 / o (276, -12) ) and Californian Bryson DeChambeau (the only player to register a partial bogey free in the fourth round) 55 / o (278, -10).