Fifteen year-old New Zealander Lydia Ko's win in the Canadian Women’s Open made her the youngest player to ever win an L.P.G.A. tournament. The victory also made her only the fifth amateur champion.
Ko shot a 5-under-par 67 final round, finishing with a total of 13-under 275 and beating six year L.P.G.A. veteran Inbee Park by three strokes.
Ko was partnered with Stacy Lewis who is quoted by The Washington Post as saying:
“I was most impressed with just her demeanor." I mean you would have never known that it was the final round of an LPGA event. She played like she had been there before.”
The report also quotes Ko as saying:
“To break another record, or being in the history, it’s amazing, and it’s always awesome to be able to play with the pros. The last few holes, it got a bit nerve-racking, but Stacy Lewis, after my birdie on 15, she said, ‘You know you can do it.’ It was really great to have another player that I look up to giving me that much support. It was really awesome.”
According to the New York Times, Ko won the New South Wales Open Austalian
Lydia Ko wins U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship
L.P.G.A event, as well as winning the United States Women’s Amateur just two weeks ago. In 2011 she won the Australian Women's Amateur Strokeplay Championship, the New Zealand Women's Amateur Strokeplay Championship and the New Zealand Women's Amateur Matchplay Championship.
The World Golf Hall of Fame in Florida requested a souvenir of Ko's historic win and Ko was happy to oblige, donating her golf glove. She told CTV News "To have something that's mine to be up there, it's amazing, and it doesn't come down or anything." So it will always remain there, and it'll be a good memory. It's been an awesome week."
Classified as an amateur, Ko was able not accept the top prize of $300,000. Despite her amateur status, LPGA veterans maintained the tradition for first-time tour winners and doused Ko with water, reports CTV News.