New Zealand Women’s Open. Lydia Wins.

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Lydia Ko wins the New Zealand Women’s Open at Clearwater Golf Club in Christchurch.

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Defending Champion Lydia took control of the New Zealand Women’s Open with a final round -2 under par 70, to post -10 under par winning total, and a two shot victory.

There was some drama before Lydia started her final round when an earthquake hit Christchurch, lasting for about 20 seconds.

“It was interesting, I’ve never been on a golf course where there is an earthquake.”

“It was a lucky I wasn’t out there playing because I wouldn’t want to be in the middle of my swing and the ball moves somewhere else.”

“I thought it was pretty cool.” 

“I had my earphones on so I didn’t know if I was getting in the rhythm of the song,  [caddie] Jason thought it was the beer kicking in from last night so there was a lot of thoughts.”

“To defend a tournament is one thing but to play well in your national open in front of so many people here makes it extra special.”

“It is a week to remember.”

There were three ladies tied in second position at -8 under par, Felicity Johnson, -5 under 67 today, South Korean amateur Hye Jin Choi, -3 under 69, and Nanna Koerstz Madsen, -2 under 70 today.


New Zealand Women’s Open. Lydia Leads.

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World #1 Lydia Ko leads the New Zealand Women’s Open at Clearwater Golf Club in Christchurch.

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Lydia carded a second round of -5 under par 67 to take a one shot lead in defence of her New Zealand Women’s Open title, with a 36 hole total of -8 under par.

In second place at -7 under par is Justine Dreher, a second round -3 under par 70 keeping her in touch of the leader.

Three ladies are sharing third position, all at -6 under for the tournament, Pamela Pretswell, -2 under 70 today, Emily Kristine Pedersen, -6 under 66, and Nanna Koerstz Madsen, -4 under 68 for the second round.

New Zealand Women’s Open. Nicole Broch Larsen Leads

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Nicole Broch Larsen, from Denmark, leads the New Zealand Women’s Open after the first round at  Clearwater Golf Club on the South Island in New Zealand.

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Nicole a first round -6 under par 66 to lead the New Zealand Women’s Open by one shot. She said afterwards that playing in front of large crowds does not bother her, and she expects Lydia Ko to chase her down;

“I have been in contention quite a bit the past couple of years and since I broke through for my first win I feel much more comfortable with the crowds and playing in the leading groups.”

“When she’s not on the leaderboard, you wait for her to come there, I’m sure she’ll be up there at the weekend.”

French rookie Justine Dreher has second place all to herself at -5 under par after her opening effort of 67.

Tied in third position are Gwladys Nocera and Pamela Pretswell, both recording first rounds of -4 under par.

Defending champion, and World #1 Lydia Ko is sharing 5th place with another Kiwi, Cathryn Bristow, both ladies at -3 following their rounds of 69.

Lydia struggled with her putting today;

“If I have a good read then I need to put a good stroke on it.”

“There were question marks in my head when I went to hit the putt.”

“You need to be right there to put a good stroke on it. I doubted myself a little bit and got angry in some sense.”

New Zealand Women’s Open. Lovely Lydia Wins


Lydia Ko / Joseph Johnson

Lovely Lydia Ko, the fifteen year old sensation from New Zealand, won the New Zealand Women’s Open at  Clearwater Golf Club on Sunday by one stroke from American professional Amelia Lewis. This is the World Amateur Number One winning her third professional tournament. Amelia took home the paycheck, but Lydia was happy with her trophy, although she did have a few tearful moments afterwards;

” I didn’t cry at the Canadian Open, I guess this tournament meant more.”

Amelia said she does not play for the money, but this time the check for $30,000 will help soften the feelings of defeat;

” I don’t play for the money, but I guess it does soften the blow.”

Congratulations Lydia, I guess it will not be too long before Tiger Woods and Nike come knocking at your door.

Lindsey Wright claims New Zealand Women’s Open.

Aussie  Lindsey Wright has returned from the golfing wilderness to win the New Zealand Women’s Open today. Lindsey was  once No 12 in the world before taking time out of the game with a loss of form. She nailed a 4m birdie putt on the final hole to claim victory at Pegasus Golf and Sports Club near Christchurch today. A final round four-under 68 to finish on 10-under par and a total of 206 was enough to beat Jessica Speechley and Alison Walshe by one shot for the title.

She and her caddy were amazed at her turn around in form;

“It’s unbelievable. It’s still sinking in. I putted really well all day and the last six holes I was really nervous.  I haven’t been in this position for a while and I thought to myself , I can win this. I looked at the leaderboard and saw Alison Walshe up there and Speechley at nine-under and thought, no I can make this putt. Just keep your head down, just hit a great putt. My caddy was more shocked that I was I think.”


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Leading New Zealander was 17 year old Cecilia Cho, the World No. 3 ranked amateur, who shot a three-under 69 to finish on five-under, edging  her good friend and rival Lydia Ko by one shot,to bring the curtain down on her outstanding amateur career as she now  returns to Korea to turn professional.

“I have watched Lydia play and she was good this week. It is good being out of the spotlight but I am fine being in the spotlight as well. It’s good to get some momentum before I turn professional . It would have been nice to score lower but it’s been a good tournament. I am going to miss so much about New Zealand. I am going to miss travelling with teams but turning pro is a new challenge and I am excited about that.”

Lydia Ko  acknowledged the performance of her good friend Cecilia Cho;

“Her playing good improved my game and hopefully me playing good improved her game.  I played good today but my putts didn’t roll in today like the other two days. I am happy but kind of disappointed to. I won the NSW Open and Australian Amateur so not winning here is not going to make me depressed or too disappointed.”