Lydia Ko plays her way into golfing history

Kiwi Lydia Ko has entered golf’s history books, just a year after she three-putted to gift Caroline Hedwall a one stroke victory in the NSW Open, the ultra-talented 14-year-old found redemption as she won her first ALPG tour title and in doing so became the youngest woman ever to win a professional tournament.

Lydia Ko
John Kirk-Anderson

The North Harbour teenager, held playing partner Lindsay Wright at arms length over the third and final round to supplant Amy Yang at the top of the leader board of junior golfing prodigies with a commanding four shot victory. Lydia was delighted with her achievement.

“Making history is amazing, I’m pretty speechless. Last year was such a good year and if this year is as good as it was last year, it will be amazing.”

The professional ranks must be looking over their shoulders, waiting for Lydia’s arrival among their ranks. Lydia’s next assignment is at the Australian Women’s Masters at the Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast starting Thursday. She then she heads back to Melbourne for the Australian Open at Royal Melbourne from February 9-12.

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