HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - When asked why her annual Hawaii State Junior Golf Association fundraiser features a dozen pro golfers playing ping-pong instead of the more expected sport, Michelle Wie had a simple answer.
"There are a lot of golf pro-ams out there, but there isn't a ping-pong pro-am," Wie said with a smile. "So why not?"
Hours after the conclusion of the Lotte Championship at Ko Olina, Wie and several of her friends from the LPGA tour, including fellow pros Lexi Thompson and Lizette Salas, joined hundreds of others at The Republik for an event Wie says carrries special meaning for her.
"I wouldn't be where I am today without the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association," said Wie. "Just being able to create the same opportunities for these kids coming up now makes everything worth it."
Organizers say the event raised roughly $50,000 dollars to help support youth golf programs in Hawaii.
"It's just so much fun, you know, to bring everyone together" said Wie. "We play golf all the time, so it's nice to get the pros to do something different, that they don't know how to do."