Coats Golf Championship. Ha Na Cards An Albatross, Again.

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Ha Na Jang recorded another Albatross, to take the first round lead at the Coats Golf Championship, the course in Florida is her favorite lay-out.

Ha Na Jang of South Korea reacts to her second shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the Coates Golf Championship Presented By R+L Carriers at Golden Ocala Golf Club

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Last week in the Bahamas Ha Na scored an Albatross, and she has repeated the feat again to top the Coats Golf championship here in Florida. Her first round -7 under par 65 has given her a massive three shot advantage going into the second round tomorrow;

“No.7 is a very lucky number, so I feel very comfortable today because last year I had a second-place finish, so I really have more confidence on this golf course.”

“I like it’s an old golf course, and just thinking like on the fairway and the greens, there’s no problem because the weather is perfect and then everything is really good today.”

“Oh, it’s perfect, no bogeys. I like it. So today is like more, I don’t want to think about that it’s windy and don’t play for a score. I don’t see the scoreboards. I just keep going just simple, simple, simple.”

There is a group of six ladies tied in second place at 4-under par, including rookie In Gee Chun, Sei Young Kim, Kim Kaufman, Candie Kung, Jodi Ewart Shadoff and Kelly Tan, all with opening rounds of 68.

World #1 Lydia Ko had a more moderate start, carding -3 under par 69, but apart from trying to win this tournament Lydia has the Olympics, and the Zika epidemic on her mind;

“Everybody is so excited for the Olympics.”

“First of all we are more thinking about the people there, the people who are affected by it rather than what is going to happen with the Olympics.

“Obviously I’m just hoping that everybody there is safe. There are some things that we can’t control and that it is out of hands.”

“We still have eight months until the Olympics, it’s something we have got to keep looking at and monitor but for now, I guess that is all we can do.”


Kiwi’s Michael Campbell & Lydia Ko desire an Olympic Gold Medal in Rio

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Michael Campbell  (Getty Images)

Michael Campbell (Getty Images)

Kiwi’s Michael Campbell and Lydia Ko have great desires to win Gold Medals at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic games in 2016.

Michael  has won 15 titles around the world and amazed a global audience in 2005 by beating Tiger Woods, when he was in his prime, to win his Major trophy,  the US Open Championship at Pinehurst. Michael was the guest of honor at the International Golf Federation Golf Day at Sunningdale in England,. They were there to mark the start of a new Olympic four-year cycle which will see golf restored to the roster of Olympic sports in 2016. Michael said about his Olympic dream;

“How good must it feel to have that gold medal dangling around your neck?  I’ve been lucky enough to lift the US Open trophy and to experience that unbelievable feeling of winning a Major Championship, but I can already sense in the locker rooms around the world that a lot of people are going to be desperate to claim the first gold medal in golf in over a hundred years. It’s going to be fantastic. For the past three weeks I’ve had square eyes from watching the London Olympics and, without doubt, it’s been one of the greatest sporting spectacles I’ve witnessed. We’ve seen the incredible passion for every conceivable sport during the Games, from the competitors to the spectators, and the energy and enthusiasm for the Olympics has had an effect on so many people. If this passion can be transmitted to golf in 2016 then it has to be great for our sport. The London slogan was ‘Inspire a Generation’ and I am sure that the Games will have a lasting legacy in the UK. That’s what we have to aspire to in the build-up to Rio and beyond.  Right now, countries that currently don’t have a great golfing heritage will be thinking about how they are going to improve and get on the plane to Brazil. We want to inspire kids to play golf and to spread the word and the Olympics can do that. This has the capacity to bring golf to a new audience in 2016 and to leave behind a lasting legacy for Brazil and the game in general. Look at what the tennis gold meant to Andy Murray. I speak to other golfers at tournaments and I can sense the enthusiasm for Rio. Whoever wins the men’s and women’s gold medals will go into the history books. After the spectacle we’ve just witnessed in London, I for one can’t wait!”

Lydia Ko. Photo / Supplied

Lydia Ko/photo supplied

Kiwi world number one amateur golfer Lydia Ko has her sights on competing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in four years, and after becoming the first New Zealand woman to win the US Amateur Championship, at age 15, Lydia is keen to get on the plane to Brasil.

One of my main goals in the next few years is building towards the 2016 Olympics in Rio,” said Ko.

“I would love to represent New Zealand at the Olympics. Hopefully in four years’ time my game has improved and I am in a good position to compete for a place in the team and maybe even contend for a medal. That would be an amazing experience.”

Her desires are backed by Gregg Thorpe, New Zealand Golf’s high performance manager, believes that Lydia has all the makings of a medal contender.

“At this stage of her career the signs are very positive. If you follow the current performance pathway that Lydia is on, where she has proven to be very consistent on the international stage at such a young age, then it suggests that she will be very competitive in Rio and certainly a chance at a medal.”