Ko-opting history
By Torleif Sorenson on 8/27/12
Last year, we told you about Lexi Thompson, who became the youngest golfer ever to win an official LPGA tournament.

Now, it's deja vu all over again.

Just two weeks after capturing the 2012 U.S. Women's Amateur, 15-year-old Lydia Ko one-upped (no pun intended) Thompson by winning the Canadian Women's Open on Sunday at Vancouver Golf Club.

This was not beginner's luck, either; Ko birdied holes 10 through 13 and shot 67 to tie for the lowest round of the day. Her nearest competitor - 2008 U.S. Women's Open champion Inbee Park - finished three shots adrift. Earlier this year, when she was still 14 years old, Ko stunned everyone by winning the Women's New South Wales Open. With that victory, she because the youngest-ever golfer - male or female - to win a professional golf tournament.

Amazingly, Ko said Sunday evening that her plan to retain her amateur status has not changed:
"After winning this, my future plans haven’t changed. "I would love to turn professional, but I don’t want to hurry anything. It's been my goal to go to Stanford, and I'm working toward that, even though it's so hard because I've missed so much school."
Indeed, the maturity and pressure-tested strength of this young lady's game seems to be matched by her intellectual maturity and level-headed approach. HOF'er and television analyst Judy Rankin agrees:
"I am stunned by the composure of this player. She made an acceptance speech that was brilliant, that could have been made by somebody playing for 20 years."
Whether or not Ko sticks to her plan to keep her amateur status all the way up to college age is anybody's guess, but if she decides before then to "put a Lyd" on her amateur career and turn professional, nobody can argue that she is not ready to take on the best women in the world. Lydia Ko has already done that and succeeded.

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[ comments ]
bkuehn1952 says:
Good for her. Stay in school, become an educated young woman and then give professional golf a try. If she is good enough now, she certainly will be in 5 or 6 years.
gpickin says:
A little (lot) of pride for my Korean born New Zealander :)
Panerai111 says:
Crazy! Good for her.
mmontisano says:
it must be nice to not have to worry about money.
Matt F says:
g, you know if she does well, we'll claim her as an Aussie...just like Rusty! LOL
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