Pinehurst Student First New Zealand Golfer to win 'Leading Amateur'

Pinehurst student Lydia Ko, at just 13 years, yesterday became the first ever New Zealand golfer to win the tile of 'leading amateur' in the Australia Women's Open.   


In windy conditions, Lydia did outstandingly well surpassing even her own expectations to complete the Open, held at the Commonwealth Golf Club in Melbourne with a 2-over 75.

Executive Principal of Pinehurst School, Ms Penman Walters, is thrilled with the news and a cheer was heard throughout the staff room this morning.

“Golf is a key sport here at Pinehurst, we take it very seriously and follow many of our students closely who continue to exceed all expectations, says Penman Walters.”

Beating her closest amateur rival Cecilia Cho who is also recognised for her outstanding young career in golf, Lydia was recognised at the presentation ceremony receiving a medal and silver salver opposed to her share of the prize pool which she was not entitled to because of her amateur status.

Congratulations Lydia, we will be proudly watching your next performance at the women's New Zealand Open to be held in Christchurch later this month.



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