Us Women’s Amateur Championship, Kiwi Lydia Ko Wins

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Lydia Ko won the U.S. Women’s Championship at The Country Club, her winning advantage over American Jaye Marie Green, 18, of Boca Raton, Fla., was 3 and 1, in Sunday’s final match to win the 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur at the 6,512-yard, par-72 course. Lydia said she was amazed at her first win in America;

” I haven’t won a tournament in the States before, so it’s good.  I think I’ve won one tournament in Australia like internationally. It’s pretty amazing, and this tournament is classified as the top amateur event for me, so it means a lot.I’ve played such good golf, and it was hard coming up and it wasn’t easy in any matches or any shots. It means a lot.  I think hopefully it will mean a lot to New Zealand because I’m the next winner of the US Amateur after Danny Lee. It’s good to win it, and my mum before told me if you win I’ll get you to meet my favorite Korean movie star ,Ji Sub So, the next day.  And I was like, oh, yeah.  So after my round finishes, it was like, okay, I’m going to meet him.  So I think that’s the most happiest I am for now.”

Lydia still has both feet firmly on the ground, insisting education comes before a professional golfing career;

” I want to go to college, so turning professional isn’t a priority. There are so many things to learn as an amateur.’

Congratulations Lydia from everyone here in New Zealand.

Lydia Ko happy with her U.S. Womens Open performance

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Lydia Ko

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 Lydia Ko dropped from 18th to 39th,  dropping six shots in the final three holes of the final round but she was still the leading amateur at the women’s US Open at Blackwolf Run, Kohler Wisconsin. Despite that disappointment  Lydia’s first taste of major championship golf was a palatable one, she achieved her initial goals at the US Open this week, making the cut and finishing as the top amateur, but that  late collapse cost her a top-20 finish. Only three of the 28 amateurs in the field made the second-round cut and Lydia  believed she learnt a lot in her major debut;

” Playing different kinds of shots and managing stress and coping with stress. It’s in pretty good condition out here and it’s hard to get these every single round you play, and those are just experiences playing with the pros. Also, we’re coming straight here where it’s dry, hot and humid, so it’s the opposite to New Zealand, but I guess I have to cope with that and manage that to play well.”

Lydia Ko will stay in North America to compete in the 2012 US Amateur, where she was the medallist last year in qualifying before being knocked out in the early rounds of matchplay. Good Luck Lydia !!

U.S Womens Open, Na Yeon Choi Blitzes the field.

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Na Yeon Choi blitzed the field on Sunday at the U.S. Womans Open at the Pete Dye designed Blackwolf Run championship course in Kohler, Wisconsin. Na Yeon had a final round of +1 over par to finish with a total of -7 under par, four shots ahead of Amy Yang who finished in second place. The rest of the field failed to finish under the card, the two South Koreans were definitely a cut above the rest in this tournament.

This is Na Yeon’s first career major championship win, previous best finish in a major was tied second  at the 2010 U.S. Women’s Open at Oakmont C.C. She said about her strained last round, knocking up a triple on the tenth hole;

“I wasn’t nervous at all on the front nine, I had one missed shot on ten, and there I got a triple bogey. At that moment, I thought maybe I was going to screw up today. But I needed to fix it. I can do it. I talked to my caddie at that point, talking about the airplane tomorrow or vacation. Anything but golf.”

She also had problems on twelve;

“I almost felt like taking an unplayable lie there, but if I do, I might get bad lie again, my caddie told me to hit it hard and get it on the green. I didn’t expect the ball to finish on the green. All winners of this tournament have a little bit of luck, I thought that was my luck, why I win today.”

Amy Yang knew she was up against it;

“I knew she was going to play well, she is a very consistent player.

New Zealand’s 15-year-old World number one amateur finished the tournament at +12 over par, but will have picked up some valuable experience from this tournament.

U.S. Women’s Open Championship, 3rd round, Na Yeon Choi Masterclass

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South Korean Na Yeon Choi had one of the best rounds in U.S. Women’s Open history, taking control of the tournament with a masterclass round of 7-under par,  65 in the third round of The U.S. Womens Open at Blackwolf Run in Kohler Wisconsin on Saturdays third round. With a six shot lead over her countrywoman Amy Yang Na Yeon really takes an unassailable lead into Sunday’s final round. All but six of this years field are currently over par for the tournament, the best placed American is Lexi Thompson at -1 under par and a full seven shots adrift of the leader.

With  Saturday’s winds gusting to 30 mph, it’s unpredictability sent scores soaring, and precarious pin placements lowered expectations for low scores .  Choi appeared unruffled by the gusting winds, opening with birdies on her first two holes and then went on to make five more in a six-hole span starting on the seventh hole and finishing with eight birdies, against a lone bogey. Na Yeon was obviously very happy with her round;

“I had a really good feeling about my swing, I think I hit a lot of good shots. I think all 14 of my clubs worked very well. I can’t believe I got eight birdies today, but I am very happy. I thought today would be very difficult because a lot of wind was blowing. But you know, I started with two birdies, so I had good vibes from there. I had confidence until the last hole, and I think, you know, I had good patience. So that’s why I had a good round today. I will not change anything, I will just play my game. I know what I have to do, and I know what I can control. I cannot control winning. I can’t control my score, so I just will do my best and just hit one shot at a time. I hope to get good warm-up in the morning and just go out there and, like today, have fun with my caddie.”

Na Yeon’s playing partner, Nicole Castrale was left in awe as Na Yeon cruised along;

“Hats off to her. It was one of the best rounds I’ve ever seen, I’ve seen some good ones out here. It was more kind of funny. I made back-to-back birdies on 11 to 12, and I still didn’t have the tee. It is what it is. I think I finally got the tee on 16. At least I got it once. She putted great. I think she had 11 putts in the first nine holes. So obviously you have to putt well out here with the greens being like that. I didn’t think it was out there, but I was proven wrong. It was clearly there. But she played pretty much perfect all day.”

Kiwi Lydia Ko, at 15 years of age is the world’s number amateur player, suffered a disappointing third round, along with just about everyone else. Lydia shot a third round 79 to be at +7 over par for the tournament, tied for 41st place.

Kiwi amateur Lydia Ko makes cut @ U.S. Womens Open

Lydia Ko became the first New Zealand amateur to make the cut at the women's US Open Championship. Photo / Getty Images.

Lydia Ko became the first New Zealand amateur to make the cut at the women’s US Open Championship. Photo / Getty Image

Lydia had rounds of 74 and 72 for a tournament total of +5 over par, nine shots off the pace of the leaders; American Vicky Hurst, German Sandra Gal and Suzann Petterson of Norway, who are all at -4 under par for the tournament. The cut line was set at +6 over par, so well done Lydia, and good luck in the next round.