“We welcome everyone to the 1st annual KoreaTown Aurora Golf Tournament!”
Last Thursday on August 26th, the 1st Aurora KoreaTown Charity Golf Tournament was successfully held at the Meadow Hills Golf Course (3609 South Dawson Street, Aurora, CO 80014) in the city of Aurora.
This historical event was jointly held by the city of Aurora and the Korean community leaders which ended up with the support of many volunteers and Korean golf lovers. The competition attracted golf enthusiasts and many Koreans from large and small golf clubs with the hope of contributing to the successful launching of ‘Aurora KoreaTown.’ Many Korean businesses including Colorado Times sponsored this event and nearly 90 people participated in the tournament.
Through immense support and collaboration between Colorado Korean Restaurant Association, On Havana Street, Korean Amateur Sports Association of Colorado, and Aurora Sister Cities International, the tournament was constructively prepared and attracted community’s passion and support. 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.
Mayor of the city of Aurora Mike Coffman, who visited Meadow Hills Golf Course on the same morning, said “It is very impressive that the Korean community is working together to hold such a successful golf tournament despite the tough times. Our city will continue to cooperate with Aurora Sister Cities International and the Korean community for the successful establishment of the KoreaTown in the city of Aurora.”
Becky Hogan, the chair of Korean Committee of Aurora Sister Cities International and the candidate for Aurora City Council Member, said “I am very happy that we could host this tournament with such an enthusiastic support from the Korean community. We are planning to host this annual tournament again on August, 2022.” 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!”
Among many community leaders that strived hard to host this tournament was Alexander Lee, the president of operation for the Colorado Korean Restaurant Association. Throughout the tournament, he passionately worked and helped other hosts and volunteers for the sake of successful launching of this event. “This tournament aims to gather the Korean community together amid pandemic and raise community awareness to support establishment of KoreaTown in the city of Aurora. We appreciate everyone’s participation and help throughout this tournament and wish to see Korean golf lovers again for our 2nd tournament next year,” he said.
The 1st KoreaTown Aurora Golf Tournament’s gold sponsors were DAEGEE, H-Mart, and the Korean Amateur Sports Association of Colorado. The funds raised through the golf tournament will be used mainly for the public relations purpose of promoting KoreaTown Aurora, including distribution of brochures, printings, and the KoreaTown Aurora website management. The 1st Aurora KoreaTown Charity Golf Tournament’s male and female champions were Amelia Lee and Eui Song Kang both with 71.