Face of the Day

Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko, who has been breaking all sorts of records.

New Zealand’s Lydia Ko rewrote golf’s record books as despair turned to delight on the 18th green at Oatlands today.

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.

The North Harbour teenager, by way of South Korea, held playing partner Lindsay Wright at bay 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.

Yang, a South Korean whose talent was nurtured on Australia’s Gold Coast, was 16 years and 192 days old when she won the 2006 ANZ Ladies Masters as an amateur.

Ko now holds that accolade as the youngest winner of a tournament sanctioned by the world’s five recognised women’s golf tours.


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  • She is indeed an amazing golfing talent; potentially the best golfer New Zealand has ever produced.

  • Zelda

    Great achievement!

  • Gazzaw

    Great win by Lydia! Makes you proud to be a Kiwi. Can’t help thinking about all of those Kiwis who have opposed the Crafar farm sale because of their racial prejudice and are now out there proclaiming Lydia as one of their own.

  • Politically Unstable

    14 years!!!  And I bet she keeps up with her homework and likely an “A” student. I wonder what age she has to be before being able to turn pro???

    • Gazzaw

      Susan Wood interviewed her this morning. Lydia is in Year 11 this year and is staying in Oz to compete in two or three more tournaments & then returning to catch up on her school work. No plans on turning pro for another four years. Probably allow her to win a couple of academic scholarships on the side I suppose given her work ethic. It’s just not on is it – allowing all of these Asians in and raising the bar of excellence. Can’t be good for the country.


  • Anonymous

    I though kids werent allowed to achieve in this country anymore? Makes all the others look bad.

  • OK Question – how does she compete as a woman? Age of consent is 16 so until then she’s a child – unfair on all the real women – but then it would be even more unfair if she was still allowed to compete as a child – oh dear……!! I think the internet thing to type is LOL!!!

  • Thorn

    We need more migrants like this. 

  • jay cee

    yes what an acheivement, i oppossed the the crafar farm deal, but then by your logic its pernissable because i am part chinese. that aside i look forward to following this young ladies carreer.

    • Thorn

      Part Chinese, all fool.