World No.1 amateur Lydia Ko is making headlines again.



The 15-year-old from the Gulf Harbour Country Club, who last year won the NSW Open to become the youngest winner of a professional golf event, has begun her title defence with a bogey-free five under par 67.


With the first round still to be completed, Ko is currently in fourth place only one shot back from three players the 2011 champion Caroline Hedwall, Stacey Keating and amateur Minjee Lee who opened with rounds of six under par 66.


Ko made five straight pars to begin her round at the Oatlands Golf Club before she eagled the sixth and then added birdies on seven and nine to make the turn in four under par.


She added a further birdie on the par 5 13thand then parred her way in to be firmly in contention to defend her title in the three round ALPG event.


When Ko won in 2012 as a 14-year old she produced a bogey-free round of three under par 69 to run out a four shot victor. She 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.


Ko is one of seven Kiwi golfers playing the NSW Open this week. Veteran Marnie McGuire, who is playing her first competitive event in almost 10 years, opened with a three over par 75 to be tied 81stand Emily Perry had a

disappointing six over par 78.


Caroline Bon, Cathryn Bristow, and Lynnette Brooky are one under par early in their rounds and Jenna Hunter is three over par.






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