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Betsy King and Golf Fore Africa honored at Evian

Last updated August 1, 2022

By Tina Underwood

She’ll tell you that golf is not her calling despite being a two-time U.S. Women’s Open champion and an LPGA Hall of Famer. Rather, Betsy King, a 1977 Furman University alumna and Furman Women’s Golf standout, says her calling is bringing water to Africa through her foundation Golf Fore Africa. One village at a time, one country at a time, King and her partnership with World Vision aim to bring fresh drinking water to every child on the African continent by the year 2030.

For her commitment to humanity, King was recently honored by Rolex and Evian with the “The Prize for a Better Tomorrow.” The ceremony was covered on the LPGA website.

“For years, I thought golf was what God had put me here to do,” King said. “But I realize now, that’s not it at all. Everything I’ve done in my career, every tournament I’ve won, every award I’ve received, was to set me up to do what I’m doing now. This is my calling.”

King received a bachelor’s in health and physical education from Furman. The major is now known as health sciences.

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