Sunday, February 14, 2016

Lyda Ko wins  NZ Women's Open - then

 gives away all the prizemoney!

From Bethan Cutler, LET Media Manager
Christchurch, New Zealand - World No. 1 female professional  Lydia Ko today won her third ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open in impressive style at Clearwater Golf Club in Christchurch.

Ko held the overnight lead by one shot from French rookie Justine Dreher but those who thought that the day would be a procession for the 18-year-old defending champion hadn’t counted on several challenges coming, the first by talented American Amelia Lewis who had finished second to Ko here in 2013, when she became the Ladies European Tour’s youngest winner in history as a 15-year-old.

Lewis started the round at three-under-par, five shots behind Ko, and was playing more than an hour ahead of the overnight leader. By the time Lewis had played the 11th hole she was six-under for her round, 10-under-par for the tournament and found herself one shot ahead of Ko, who had made a steady but unspectacular start to her round.

However, as many before her had done this week, Lewis’s round came to grief over the tough finishing three holes and she would end the day at three-under-par, to finish in a tie for sixth place.

The next challenger was the talented young Dane Emily Kristine Pedersen, who began the day two shots behind Ko and started brilliantly with an eagle at the par-5 second hole. She bogeyed the short par-3 fourth, but another birdie at the 10th put her in a tie for the lead. 
Pedersen also falterdc down the stretch, making bogeys at 14 and 17 to end in sixth position on six-under-par.

While all this was going on Ko was playing steady golf. She birdied the par-5 second hole before making a disappointing bogey on the par-5 sixth to be even for the day. Ko could not have helped but notice the challengers coming at her but she remained calm and made the killer punches at 10 and 11 where she made back-to-back birdies to edge in front once again.

The Kiwi star made a fantastic up and down from the sand on the tricky par-4 12th, and cruised through the tricky stretch of holes from 13 to 17, having the luxury of a two-shot lead heading up 18 over South Korean amateur Hye Jin Choi, Englishwoman Felicity Johnson and Nanna Koerstz Madsen who were all in the clubhouse at eight-under-par.

Ko made no mistakes and hit a superb drive up the 18th, followed by a superb iron shot to eight feet. She failed to make the birdie putt but a tap in par sealed a two stroke victory.

There was also a strong showing from the LET Rookies with Frenchwoman Justine Dreher in fifth spot, Noemi Jimenez Martin of Spain tied eighth and Aberdeen-born Gemma Dryburgh tied in 10th place with Olivia Cowan, daughter of a Germany-based English club professional.

As was the case in 2015, Ko had the chance to share her victory with the huge galleries who had come out to watch her play. While the talking point of the day should have been Ko’s third ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open title, there was a small distraction which occurred at 1.13pm local time.

Just 11 minutes before Ko and playing partner Justine Dreher of France were due to tee off for their final round, a magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck just 10 kilometres from the course and had both locals and international visitors in a panic for the 30 seconds or so it lasted. 
Over the next five hours there would be a total of 52 further after-shocks, the initial quake was the ninth largest earthquake in Christchurch’s history.
 The earthquake came a week before the fifth anniversary of a 6.3 magnitude quake that killed 185 people in Christchurch and area.

The wider golfing community is very aware that Lydia Ko is not only a brilliant golfer but a very special young woman and today she showed us yet another example of her generosity. 
After thanking the title sponsors ISPS Handa, her family, her team and other event stakeholders, Ko shed a few tears as she thanked NZ Golf, describing how much they had done for her career and that she would not have achieved what she has done without them behind her. 
She then announced that she would be donating her entire tournament prize money to help New Zealand in some way.
 “I have discussed this with my family and my team and this is something that we all want to do. We will seriously think about the best way that we can use this money to help New Zealand.”

Ko dedicated the win to her good friend and mentor former New Zealand Golf President Patsy Hankin who passed away suddenly last year.

The Ladies European Tour now heads to the Grange Golf Club in Adelaide for the ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open, the second tournament of 2016. 

SCOTSWATCH (By Colin Farquharson)
Pamela Pretswell, well placed through the first two rounds with scores of 68 and 70, withdrew from the tournament before the final round. 
The Hamilton player had the misfortune to  hurt her back during the pre-round warm-up and was in no condition to play 18 holes. What a tragedy!
Aberdeen-born Gemma Dryburgh had her best finish since she turned pro, shooting 73-70-69 for T10 on 212.
Gemma's dad John said: " Absolutely terrific.  In the circumstances it maybe was her best pro finish although she played well at the Q School.
"It really was a superb performance by Gemma after giving away a double bogey on her first hole on Friday with the natural nerves of her debut."
Falkirk-based American Beth Allen shot 71-74-69 for 214 and T24 position.
Heather MacRae, now attached to Archerfield, had ever-improving scores of 75-71-70 for T37 on 216. Pity there was not a fourth round.
Kelsey MacDonald finished T50 on 219 with three 73s. Now that's consistency! 




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