Lydia Ko came up with a neat encore to winning the Mark H McCormack Medal as the world’s leading amateur for the 2012 season. She won the CN Canadian Women’s Open to add her name to the history books yet again.
The 15-year-old has topped the World Amateur Golf Ranking for over a year. So it comes as no surprise that she can hold her own in professional tournaments. Earlier this year she became the youngest player to win a professional tournament when she topped the professionals in the New South Wales Open at the age of 14. Now 15, Ko made more history by becoming the youngest winner on the LPGA Tour with her victory in Canada.
Ko, who finished low amateur in this year’s US Women’s Open, broke Lexi Thompson’s record as youngest LPGA winner. Thompson was 16 years, seven months and eight days old when she won the Navistar LPGA Classic last year. Ko was 15 years four months and two days old when she became Canadian national champion.
The New Zealander won in style too. She didn’t race through the field on the last day to win. Ko took a one shot lead into the final round and punctuated the win with a 5-under-par 67. Her 13-under-par total of 275 gave her a three shot victory over South Korea’s Inbee Park.
Ko’s next chance to impress the professionals comes in the Ricoh Women’s Open at Royal Liverpool Golf Club September 13-16.
England’s Sarah-Jane Boyd won the Ladies British Open Amateur Stroke-play Championship at Shandon Park Golf Club in Belfast. Rounds of 69, 73, 77 and 75 gave Boyd a two-stroke victory over Curtis Cup player Amy Boulden.
Boyd moves 614 spaces to 1060th position.
Chris Williams’ reward for winning the Mark H McCormack Medal as leading amateur for 2012 is a trip to Turkey for the World Amateur Team Championship.
Williams, the leading player on the World Amateur Golf Ranking, is part of the United States’ three-man team to participate in the biennial contest to be played October 4-7 over the PGA Sultan Course at Antalya Golf Club and Cornelia Golf Club in Antalya, Turkey.
Williams is used to representing his country. He played in last year’s Walker Cup at Royal Aberdeen. The University of Washington player won this year’s Western Amateur Championship, the Washington State Amateur and the NCAA South West Regional Championship. He also reached the quarterfinals of the US Amateur.
US Amateur champion Steven Fox joins Williams on the US team along with college player of the year Justin Thomas.
The strength of British junior and senior golf will be on in display with the staging of the St Andrews Trophy and Jacques Leglise Trophy matches at Portmarnock Golf Club, Ireland this weekend.
Amateur Champion Alan Dunbar and Boys Amateur Champion Matthew Fitzpatrick represent Great Britain & Ireland in the matches. Dunbar won this year’s Amateur Championship at Royal Troon when he defeated Austria’s Mathias Schwab in the final. Englishmen Craig Hinton, Nathan Kimsey, Garrick Porteous, Neil Raymond, and Ben Taylor join him in the St Andrews Trophy. Kevin Phelan of Ireland, Scotland’s Graeme Robertson and Welsh Walker Cup player Rhys Pugh complete the team.
Recent Boys Amateur Champion Fitzpatrick competes alongside English compatriots Harry Ellis, Patrick Kelly, Max Orrin, Toby Tree and Ashton Turner. Irish players Alex Gleeson and Gavin Moynihan round out the team along with Scottish amateur Bradley Neil.