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Former Boiler Chella Choi Wins First LPGA Title

The former Boiler is finding success on the LPGA Tour.

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

You're damn right we're a golf school. LPGA member Chella Choi was not a member of Purdue's national championship squad a few years ago, but the former Boilers earned her LPGA card in 2009. This weekend she won her first ever LPGA event by taking the Marathon Classic in a playoff:

Chella Choi parred the first playoff hole to defeat fellow South Korean Jang Ha-Na Sunday for her first US LPGA Tour title at the Marathon Classic and likely send her father into retirement.

Choi forced the playoff with overnight leader Jang with a five-under par 66 that included five birdies without a bogey.

"The first time win is hard, but the second and third is easier. Hopefully this is a turning point for me," said Choi.

Choi's father has caddied for her since she joined the LPGA Tour seven years ago. He said he wouldn't retire until she won, and now she has.

"I wanted to work with my father for my first win. So my father worked with me until now," she said.

Choi finished 72 holes on 14-under 270, tied with Jang -- a rookie also in search of a first LPGA title whose three-under 68 was marred by a double-bogey six at the par-four 11th.

Choi is the former 2005 Korean junior champions and was a member of the Korean National Team in 2006. She has earned almost $3.5 million in her brief professional career. Her payday this past weekend was a modest $225,000.