Date: January 29, 2012
Author: Australian Ladies Professional Golf

ALPG Tour – LYDIA CREATES HISTORY WITH KO BLOW

(29 January 2012 – Oatlands, Sydney)

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The 2012 Bing Lee/Samsung Women’s NSW Open will be remembered as the tournament where Lydia Ko stamped her name in the history books. The 14-year old produced a bogey-free round of 3-under par 69 to run out a four shot victor to become the youngest winner of a professional golf tournament, man or women, in the history of golf. Wales’ Becky Morgan finished in second place with a sensational final round of 6-under par 66, while Lindsey Wright and Kristie Smith tie for third.
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rnKo had started the final round with a four shot cushion over Wright, and it was Wright who got off to the best start with a birdie at the second to close the gap to three shots. Both players went par-birdie over the next two holes before Wright gave back the shot she’d made up weith a bogey at the par-3 5th hole.
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rnWright pulled with two shots with birdies at the 6th and 7th holes but that would be as close as she would get with the young New Zealander unflappable every time she was challenged. Ko made the turn at 13-under, Wright at 11-under while Morgan and Smith were making up ground in the groups ahead.
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rnThe crunch hole seemed to be the 11th hole where Ko had overshot the green and had a very difficult up-and-down, while Wright had a difficult but makeable put from 10-feet. Ko hit a good, but not great chip and watched as Wright missed hers. She then calmly rolled in her own par putt from 5 feet and it seemed that was the calming influence on her round.
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rnBoth players parred the next three holes but Ko put the first nail in the coffin when she made birdie at the 15th. Wright could only make par and the lead was three. Wright fell away from there with two more bogeys while Ko kept her blemish free round in tact with three pars to finish. By the time she walked on to the 18th tee she held a four shot advantage and it was only the formalities left. She completed her round with a regulation par, but for the crowd it was not quite regulation. Her tee shot on the short par-3 hit the flag and hole and ended off the left edge of the green. She two putted and it almost looked like she had amazed herself as she looked up at the crowd.
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rnAfter her round she said, “I got more nervous as the day went on. When Lindsey got within two shots, I started to think back to last year with Caroline. Obviously, I am very happy to win, it means a lot to me.”
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rnShe also paid special mention to her coach Guy Wilson who has coached her for 8 years and also her caddy Steve Mowbray who she “enjoyed working with.”
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rnThe ALPG Tour moves to the Gold Coast next week with the 21st staging of the Australian Ladies Masters.
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