First Michelle Wie, now Lydia Ko
By Torleif Sorenson on 12/3/14
Lydia Ko, the 17-year-old golfer who has already won eight professional tournaments, was just accepted as a student at the prestigious Korea University in Seoul. Ko is working with officials and professors at the private research university on when and how she can attend classes and do coursework online.
Along with Seoul National University, and Yonsei University, Korea University is widely acknowledged as one of the three most prestigious universities in all of South Korea.
Ko's agent, Michael Yim, says that she plans to study psychology.
"She's determined. I don't think she will allow it to affect her game. She balanced school and golf this last year, getting all the schoolwork done she needed to graduate, and she'll do it again.Ko plans to follow in the proverbial path set by Michelle Wie (Stanford 2012, B.A. Communications) and So Yeon Ryu (Yonsei University 2013, Sports Business). Ko was born in Seoul, but moved with her family to New Zealand just a few years later and holds New Zealand citizenship. She began playing golf at age 5, when her mother brought her into the pro shop at Pupuke Golf Club outside Auckland.
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Good for her. She can certainly afford it.
I am a huge fan of "Lydia Kool" but this is craziness. You don't go to college for the education, you go for the experience. You go to meet girls, meet guys if that's your thing. Especially if your career path is already well laid out--do you really need to subject yourself to the rigors of elite academia? What, she needs something to fall back on? What, is Michelle Wie going to pursue broadcasting after golf's over? So Yeon Ryu, sports agent extraordinaire? Please. IMO LK should go to San Diego State for a couple years, make some friends, ditch some classes, have some formative young adult experiences and then get back to work.
I became a pretty good pool and snooker player in college.
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