Lydia Ko

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Lydia Ko

Ko at the North Shore Golf Club in 2011
Personal information
Full nameLydia (Bo-Gyung) Ko
NicknameLyds[1]
Born(1997-04-24) 24 April 1997 (age 15)
South Korea
Nationality New Zealand
ResidenceNorth Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand
Career
StatusAmateur
Professional wins2
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour1
ALPG Tour1
Best results in LPGA Major Championships
Kraft Nabisco C'shipDNP
LPGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. Women's OpenT39: 2012
Women's British OpenT17: 2012
Achievements and awards
Mark H. McCormack Medal2011, 2012
 
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Lydia Ko

Ko at the North Shore Golf Club in 2011
Personal information
Full nameLydia (Bo-Gyung) Ko
NicknameLyds[1]
Born(1997-04-24) 24 April 1997 (age 15)
South Korea
Nationality New Zealand
ResidenceNorth Harbour, Auckland, New Zealand
Career
StatusAmateur
Professional wins2
Number of wins by tour
LPGA Tour1
ALPG Tour1
Best results in LPGA Major Championships
Kraft Nabisco C'shipDNP
LPGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. Women's OpenT39: 2012
Women's British OpenT17: 2012
Achievements and awards
Mark H. McCormack Medal2011, 2012

Lydia Ko (born 24 April 1997) is a New Zealand amateur golfer. Born in South Korea, she is currently the top-ranked woman amateur golfer in the world.[2] In 2012, Ko became the youngest person ever to win an LPGA Tour event.[3] Earlier in 2012, she became the youngest person ever to win a professional golf tour event,[4] which was broken later in 2012.

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2012 Women's NSW Open

On 29 January 2012, Ko became the youngest person ever to win a professional golf tour event by winning the Bing Lee/Samsung Women's NSW Open on the ALPG Tour.[4] She was 14 at the time, and had placed second in the event the year before. The previous youngest person ever to win a professional golf tour event was Japan's Ryo Ishikawa at age 15 years and 8 months.[5][6] Her record as the youngest winner of a professional event was broken later in 2012 by 14-year-old Canadian Brooke Henderson, who won the second event on that year's Canadian Women's Tour on 13 June.[7][8]

2012 CN Canadian Women's Open

On 26 August 2012, Ko became the youngest-ever winner of an LPGA Tour event at the CN Canadian Women's Open with a score of 275 (–13). She was 15 years and four months old at at the time; the youngest previous winner on the LPGA Tour was Lexi Thompson at 16 years and seven months in September 2011. Ko's win also made her only the fifth amateur to have won an LPGA Tour event, and the first in over 43 years, when JoAnne Carner, age 29, won the Burdine's Invitational in Florida with an even-par 216 in January 1969.[9] That 54-hole event had a $35,000 purse with a winner's share of $5,200, which went to runner-up Shirley Englehorn, one stroke back.[10] The 2012 CN Canadian Women's Open was a 72-hole event and had a purse of $2 million; the winner's share of $300,000 went to the runner-up, Inbee Park, three strokes back.[11] Formerly a major, the tournament is among the top non-major purses in women's golf.

Education

Ko is a student at Pinehurst School in Auckland.[12]

Amateur wins

Professional wins (2)

LPGA Tour (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner-up
126 Aug 2012CN Canadian Women's Open
(as an amateur)
68-68-72-67=275–133 strokesSouth Korea Inbee Park

ALPG Tour (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner-up
129 Jan 2012Bing Lee Samsung Women's NSW Open
(as an amateur)
69-64-69=202–144 strokesWales Becky Morgan

References

  1. ^ "Our Lyds the Youngest Player in Worlds Field". NZ Institute Of Golf. 20 October 2010. http://www.instituteofgolf.co.nz/2010/10/our-lyds-the-youngest-player-in-worlds-field/. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Women's World Amateur Golf Rankings". The R&A. http://www.randa.org/en/WAGR/Ranking/Womens%20Ranking.aspx. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ko becomes youngest winner". The New Zealand Herald. 27 August 2012. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10829765. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Lydia Ko, 14, wins tour event in Australia". ESPN.com. Associated Press. 29 January 2012. http://espn.go.com/golf/story/_/id/7515608/lydia-ko-14-becomes-youngest-winner-tour-event. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ko plays her way into golfing history". Stuff.co.nz. 29 January 2012. http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/golf/6332092/Ko-plays-her-way-into-golfing-history. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Lydia Ko becomes golf's youngest tour winner, aged 14". BBC Sport. 29 January 2012. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/golf/16779175.stm. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Brooke Henderson wins second stop on CN Canadian Women's Tour" (Press release). CN Canadian Women's Tour. 13 June 2012. http://www.cncanadianwomenstour.ca/news_details.aspx?ID=2706. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Lydia Ko, 15, wins in Canada". ESPN.com. 26 August 2012. http://espn.go.com/golf/story/_/id/8305148/amateur-lydia-ko-15-becomes-youngest-lpga-winner-taking-canadian-women-open. Retrieved 26 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Lydia Ko, 15, wins Canadian Women's Open, becomes youngest ever LPGA winner". The Vancouver Sun. 26 August 2012. http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Lydia+wins+Canadian+Women+Open+becomes+youngest+ever+LPGA+winner/7147658/story.html. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  10. ^ "Meet taken by amateur". Youngstown Vindicator. Associated Press: p. 13. January 20, 1969. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=x51IAAAAIBAJ&sjid=hIQMAAAAIBAJ&pg=1368%2C1502153. 
  11. ^ "Final results: CN Canadian Women's Open". LPGA. http://www.lpga.com/golf/tournaments/lpga/cn-canadian-womens-open/full-results.aspx. Retrieved September 17, 2012. 
  12. ^ Wade, Amelia; Pearl, Harry (28 August 2012). "Golf: Lydia makes her biggest splash". The New Zealand Herald. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10829927. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "Golf: Ko becomes youngest Australian strokeplay winner". The New Zealand Herald. 19 March 2011. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10713602. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Ko easily wins New Zealand Strokeplay". iseekgolf.com. 23 April 2011. http://www.iseekgolf.com/news/41094-ko-easily-wins-new-zealand-strokeplay. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  15. ^ "Golf: Ko wins 33-hole battle with Cho". The New Zealand Herald. 27 April 2011. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10721688. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  16. ^ "Lydia Ko wins Australian amateur championship". Stuff.co.nz. 23 January 2012. http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/golf/6296990/Lydia-Ko-wins-Australian-amateur-championship. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "Lydia Ko first NZ woman to win US Amateur". Stuff.co.nz. 13 August 2012. http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/golf/7466793/Lydia-Ko-first-NZ-woman-to-win-US-Amateur. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  18. ^ "Ko wins individual title as NZ finish fifth". nzherald.co.nz. 1 October 2012. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10837643. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 

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