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GOLF: 15-year-old Lydia Ko Makes LPGA History

GOLF: 15-year-old Lydia Ko Makes LPGA History

Amateur sensation Lydia Ko wins 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open

08/26/2012

Coquitlam, B.C. (Golf Canada) – Amateur sensation Lydia Ko carded a final round 5-under par 67 to win the 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open at The Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam, B.C.
Entering the day atop the leaderboard with a single stroke advantage over Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park, Chella Choi and Jiyai Shin, Ko, the top-ranked amateur in the world and the reigning U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, converted seven birdies and posted just two bogeys on Sunday, en route to posting a four-day tally of 13-under par 275 for a three-stroke win over Park, who finished solo second at 10-under par 278.

Ko is the first amateur in tournament history to win Canada’s National Women’s Open Championship title. She also claimed the Marlene Stewart Streit low amateur medal as the tournament’s top amateur.

“It’s great to win, and the last few holes it got a bit nerve-wrecking, but Stacy Lewis after my birdie on 15, she said, you know you can do it,” said Ko, who earned a berth in the LPGA Tour’s season-ending CME Group Titleholders event with the win. “It feels amazing…It’s always awesome to be able to play with the pros.”

At 15 years, 4 months and 2 days, Ko becomes the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history, eclipsing the previous mark set by Lexi Thompson, who was 16 years, 8 months and 8 days when she won the 2011 Navistar LPGA Classic. She also becomes only the fifth amateur in LPGA Tour history to win an official event and the first in more than 40 years, the last being JoAnne Carner, who claimed the 1969 Burdine’s Invitational.

The victory is Ko’s second win at a professional event in 2012. She won the New South Wales Open on the Australian LPGA (ALPG) in January to become the youngest winner in history on a professional golf tour at the age of 14 years, 9 months and 5 days. That record was eclipsed in June by Team Canada Development Squad member Brooke Henderson of Smiths Falls, Ont. Henderson bested the field at a CN Canadian Women’s Tour event in Beloeil, Que. at 14 years, 9 months and 3 days.

As an amateur, Ko was unable to accept the $300,000 winners’ cheque, which was awarded to Park as the second place finisher.

Shin, Chella Choi and Na Yeon Choi finished T3 at 8-under par 280, five strokes off the lead.

Jessica Shepley of Oakville, Ont. finished T41 and earned the Sandra Post medal as the Championship’s low Canadian for the second consecutive year with a score of 2-over par 290. Of the 15 Canadians in the initial player field, Shepley was the lone competitor to qualify for weekend play.

“I think it just shows how much I love this country and I love playing here, and in front of my family and friends,” said Shepley. “It’s always good when you play well in your home country. It’s always been a good confidence booster for me to come out west. I love it out here.”

The 2013 CN Canadian Women’s Open will be contested next August at Royal Mayfair Golf Club in Edmonton.

THE FOLLOWING ARE FINAL CANADIAN SCORES FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 26TH, 2012:

T41 – Jessica Shepley – 73-74-70-73, 290, +2

-Missed Cut-
CUT – Lorie Kane – 72-76-148, +4
CUT – Samantha Richdale – 77-72-149, +5
CUT – Rebecca Lee-Bentham – 75-74-149, +5
CUT – (a) Natalie Gleadall – 78-72-150, +6
CUT – Isabelle Beisiegel – 76-74-150, +6
CUT – Alena Sharp – 75-76-151, +7
CUT – (a) Christine Wong – 79-73-152, +8
CUT – (a) Brooke Henderson – 77-76-153, +9
CUT – Kirby Dreher – 75-78-153, +9
CUT – (a) Augusta James – 75-78-153, +9
CUT – Sara-Maude Juneau – 81-73-154, +10
CUT – (a) Jisoo Keel – 77-78-155, +11
CUT – (a) Brittany Marchand – 80-77-157, +13
CUT – (a) A Ram Choi – 84-77-161, +17

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Lydia Ko (photo credit: cncanadianwomensopen.com)

Amateur Lydia Ko and Chella Choi share lead after second round of 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open

08/24/2012

Coquitlam, B.C. (Golf Canada) – Amateur Lydia Ko and Chella Choi sit tied atop the leaderboard at 8-under par 136 through 36 holes at the 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open at The Vancouver Golf Club in Coquitlam, B.C.

Ko, the world’s top ranked female amateur and winner of the 2012 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, shot 4-under par 68 for the second consecutive day, posting a bogey-free round in which she birdied four of her final seven holes on the back-nine to close out round two.

“Today, I didn’t make any bogeys, and that was really helpful because sometimes a bogey in the middle of your round can make your confidence go a little down,” said Ko, who recently captured her second straight Mark H. McCormack Medal as the leading women’s amateur player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR). “I played pretty consistent…I think I really like the back nine, and hopefully it likes me too.”

Choi, who has three top-5 finishes on the season, including a career-best T2 finish at the 2012 Manulife Financial LPGA Classic, posted a score of 8-under par 64 on Friday, carding a bogey-free round that featured eight birdies over the course of 10 holes, Nos. 6 through 15.

Ko and Choi hold a three-stroke advantage over Moira Dunn, Angela Stanford, Inbee Park and Na Yeon Choi, all of whom sit T3 at 5-under par 139.

A total of 76 players made the cut, which was set at 3-over-par 147.

Of the 15 Canadians in the initial player field, Jessica Shepley of Oakville, Ont. was the lone player to advance to weekend action after posting a two-day tally of 3-over par 147 to sit T59 for the championship.

THE FOLLOWING ARE SECOND-ROUND CANADIAN SCORES FOR FRIDAY, AUGUST 24TH, 2012:

T59 – Jessica Shepley – 73-74-147, +3
-Missed Cut-
T77 – Lorie Kane – 72-76-148, +4
T86 – Samantha Richdale – 77-72-149, +5
T86 – Rebecca Lee-Bentham – 75-74-149, +5
T100 – (a) Natalie Gleadall – 78-72-150, +6
T100 – Isabelle Beisiegel – 76-74-150, +6
T115 – Alena Sharp – 75-76-151, +7
T123 – (a) Christine Wong – 79-73-152, +8
T128 – (a) Brooke Henderson – 77-76-153, +9
T128 – Kirby Dreher – 75-78-153, +9
T128 – (a) Augusta James – 75-78-153, +9
T133 – Sara-Maude Juneau – 81-73-154, +10
T139 – (a) Jisoo Keel – 77-78-155, +11
T148 – (a) Brittany Marchand – 80-77-157, +13
152 – (a) A Ram Choi – 84-77-161, +17

THIRD-ROUND TEES OFF SATURDAY
The CN Canadian Women’s Open continues Saturday with round three teeing off the 1st and 10th tees beginning at 7:50 a.m. PDT at The Vancouver Golf Club. Pairings and start times are available on-line at www.cncanadianwomensopen.com and www.lpga.com.

Story (unedited) and photo courtesy of www.cncanadianwomensopen.com

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