Kiwi Lydia Ko wins Australian Amateur at 14

World amateur No 1 Lydia Ko has won the Australian amateur title and sent the record keepers to scan their books. She is believed to be the youngest winner in the 118 year history of the event, Golf Australia records do not have an indication of the ages of the champions of the early years of the Australian women’s amateur.

Lydia Ko tees off. Photo / Getty Images

 Photo / Getty Image

Lydia  defeated Victorian Breanna Elliott 4 and 3 at the Woodlands Golf Club in Melbourne today. In doing so she becomes the youngest winner of the trophy that dates back to 1894 and she follows in the footsteps of Kiwi golfers Guy Williams (1920), Oliver Kay (1933, 1936) and Jan Higgins (1989). Ko was beaming after her win;

“I am really proud of myself, I won the Australian stroke play title last year and finished second in qualifying, but this is so much better. There has been a lot of pressure all week and I have been really happy with how I have played, and to come through to the end and win is amazing.”

“To win another national title is a really amazing feeling.”