PLAYER PROFILE - KO, Lydia

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KO, Lydia

Club: Gulf Harbour Handicap: +6.3
District: North Harbour OOM:
 
WAGR Rank: 1  This: 1, Last: 1, Change: -, Country: NZL, Divisor: 65, Pts Avg: 2303.08.
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Lydia Ko - 24/04/1997

The World No.1 amateur made international headlines when she claimed the NSW Open in 2012 to be the youngest ever golfer (male or female) to win a professional event at the age of 14. Ko broke Japanese star Ryo Ishikawa’s mark of winning at 15 years, 8 months, and Australian Amy Yang’s women’s record of 16 years, 192 days in the Australian Ladies Masters. It confirmed her status as one of the most exciting young players in the game. But it was only the start of things to come. Ko went onto become the youngest winner on the LPGA Tour when she claimed the CN Canadian Open in 2012. She followed that with a win at the New Zealand Women’s Open at the Clearwater Golf Club in 2013 to become the youngest winner in ALPG Tour history. She was also the first Kiwi to win the title since it began in 2009. By the time Ko had played 18 professional events she was yet to miss a cut, she held the world ranking of No.22 and had finished as the leading amateur in major championships in four out of four starts. In 2012 she also finished as the leading individual at the Espirito Santo to become the first Kiwi woman to achieve this. Golf fans in New Zealand have known that Ko is a special talent for some time. Back in 2009 she was the youngest ever finalist in the New Zealand Amateur when she lost 4 and 3 to Cecilia Cho. Two years later she won the event by the same margin at the Russley Golf Club to become the youngest champion in history that dates back to 1893. Ko has made a habit of rewriting history in her short but very successful amateur career. She is the youngest winner of the US, Amateur, Australian Amateur and Mellsop Cup (New Zealand Stroke Play) along with a plethora of other titles both home and abroad. Her performances at the 2010 and 2011 New Zealand Women’s Opens in Christchurch left her professional rivals shaking their heads at the teenager’s incredible composure as a 12 and 13 year old. It has become the trademark of her game as she plays professional tournament all over the world. She is the youngest played to achieve the mantle of World No.1 and also the youngest golfer to be the medalist at the US Amateur. There is no doubt that in Lydia Ko, New Zealand Golf boasts a superstar of world golf.

Age began golf:

5 years

Why you began golf:

On the way back from visiting aunt's family in Australia, I got a kid's 7 iron and a putter for a present. Dad took me to a driving range and people loved to watch a little girl hitting balls. I loved to hit balls and do putting comps with adults.

Golfer most admired:

Michelle Wie, Rory McIlroy, Lexi Thompson, Phil Mickelson

Hours practice per week:

35 hours

Warm up routine:

Stretching 30 minutes in the morning 30 minutes hitting balls 30 minutes short game 30 minutes putting

Most spectacular shot:

At the Australian Open on the last day hit a 9 Iron from about 110 metre out and holed it!

Strongest part of your game:

Driver, I hit nearly every fairway, and my focus. I have to work hard, which sometimes can be boring but the end result makes me smile.

Most satisfying golf moment:

Winning NSW Open Championship 2012

Best thing about golf:

Meeting new people, enjoying competitions against different ages, concentrating on games, seeing hard work pay off.

Best golfing tip:

To be the best you have to work the hardest.

Aspirations:

Major title winner, New Zealand's best golfer ever.

Advice for new players:

Have fun but at the same time don't forget to remember your goals and dreams

Other interests:

Swimming, anything fun

Dream Foursome:

Michelle Wie (ability with golf and study) Phil Michelson (short game) Ernie Els (nice and smooth swing)

Favourite Course:

Kauri Cliffs, Jacks Point and The Hills

Best competitive score:

-8 NSW Open on Round 2

Best non-competitive score:

-5 at North Shore GC

Best tournament result:

Winning NSW Open

What's in your bag:


Favourite non-golfing activity:

Swimming

Latest Download:

Bruno Mars - The Lazy Song

Favourite band/music:

Big Bang

Favourite Movie:

Harry Potter

Favourite TV Programme:

Criminal Minds

Favourite Food:

Italian

Favourite way of keeping fit:

Anything fun that keeps the heart rate up and works up a sweat.

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