Another Reason To Be a Lydia Ko Fan
By Torleif Sorenson on 5/1/14
This past weekend, Lydia Ko captured her first tournament playing as a professional at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic outside San Francisco. This is her sixth victory worldwide in professional events, so it is becoming obvious that she is no proverbial flash-in-the-pan.

But her maturity and knowledge on the golf course seem to be mirrored in her personality and the way she treats other people, particularly other important people in golf. Ron Sirak has one example:

A tremendous amount of power exists in the thank-you letter, something most of us rarely consider. In that regard, each of us needs to try to be like Lydia Ko more often.

Also, it is a shame that we won't see her in the Solheim Cup; she would help draw more television viewers.

Another problem is that New Zealand is still not in the Top 8 list for the LPGA International Crown, so we won't see her in that multi-national match-play event this summer, either.

But golf has Lydia Ko — and this is just beginning to pay huge dividends for the game.

H-T: Geoff Shackelford

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[ comments ]
bkuehn1952 says:
Well done to Ms. Ko for taking the time to send that note. Very thoughtful.

Boo to Ron Sirak. You don't take a photo of a personal note and send it out over the Internet/Twitter. It would have been appropriate to just mention that you received a nice handwritten thank you note from Ms. Ko. While your intentions were good, sharing private correspondence is inappropriate.
jasonfish11 says:
Ron sirak has nicely manicured hands
tgspeaks says:
Hats off to her. She has a new fan in me.
legitimatebeef says:
I'm not going to get all caught up in this character-worship business. The last golfer whose character I made assumptions about was Tiger Woods and then look what happened. I am still trying to pick up the pieces from that blunder. So Lydia Ko, great golfer, inspired talent, top-level competitor, that's all I need to know. Also Brian is totally right, Sirak is a self-serving douche.
Torleif Sorenson says:
Likewise, I would hardly call Ron Sirak my favorite golf writer; he has several bad habits in his golf writing. Having written that, it was at least nice to see a thoughtful and police off-the-course side of Lydia Ko - even it represents a privacy blunder and a major no-no by Sirak.
Matt McGee says:
It would also be wrong to make the assumption that Ron Sirak didn't ask Lydia Ko if it was ok to post the note on the internet.

It was nice of her to send him the note. It bothers me that small courtesies are so rare that they make the news.
SpaceMaNy0 says:
More of the 'look at me' mindset... so pitiful.
slimpks1850 says:
I held off posting as to not be negative, as I like to... but there's already plenty of negativity so I'll just add to it.

Basically what Beef said (< & that's usually true). Don't give a $h!t if she adopted a kitten or wrote a thank you note (wow, truly inspiring). I watch her golf. What I liked was her wedge from the rough & 1 putt on 18, for the win!

-& this is done to do just that - create an image to bank, bank, & bank again on.
jasonfish11 says:
Hey I wasn't being negative. I complimented Ron on his hands.
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