Date: March 19, 2011

Ko clinches victory and record

ROUND 4 RESULTS WOMEN&aposS AMATEUR MATCH PLAY DRAW New Zealand s Lydia Ko became the youngest ever winner of the Srixon Australian Women’s Stroke Play Championship with a play-off victory at Huntingdale Golf Club in Melbourne. The 13 year-old outlasted compatriot Cecilia Cho to win on the second play-off hole with a par after the pair finished the championship level at 6-under par. Ko joins former champions from New Zealand including Lynette Brooky, Sarah Nicholson and close friend Cho. It’s mission accomplished and one more coming up, Ko said. It’s the first big tournament that I ve won individually. Up to the last moment there was always pressure and it was great fun and a challenge, she added. Ko, who is a member at North Harbour Golf Club, said she knew she was in for a challenging finish in the play-off. It was tough. I know Cecilia s a good player and I ve played her in match play and up to the last moment she does the best that she can, she added. Based in Auckland, Ko made good use of her recent visit to Melbourne in February for the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open where she played at Huntingdale during practice and finished with a round of 7-under par. Ko was the leading amateur at the Open at Commonwealth Golf Club. Ko said there were no particular secret to her performances in Melbourne. Maybe I just like Australia, she added, and is now ready for the match play. I ve played Victoria once and I know it s a tough course where you can shoot some low scores but if it s not your day, it s going to be high. WA s Minjee Lee was the leading Australian, finishing in outright third place at 1-over par for the championship. Chinese Taipei s Yi-Chen Liu, who was in the final group with Cho and Ko, finished with a 78 to take fourth place at 2-over par. Melbourne based Korean Su-Hyun Oh finished in a tie for fifth place with Cathleen Santoso (NSW) at 5-over par. The top 32 players now advance to the Match Play section of the Srixon Australian Amateur Championship at Victoria Golf Club which begins on Monday.