Lydia Ko, world’s top female amateur again


From BC Golf News

October 10, 2013, BC – Vancouver Golf Club’s Lydia Ko has been awarded the Mark H. McCormick Medal as the leading women’s amateur golfer for a third year in a row.

Golf enthusiasts in British Columbia, particularly at the Vancouver Golf Club, have a good reason for feeling proud of ‘their’ Lydia Ko for each honour she receives on her road to stardom. After all, her biggest steps were taken at the Coquitlam club on the hill in 2012 when the New Zealand sensation, by way of South Korea, won the CN Canadian Women’s Open Championship for her first LPGA Tour title as a 15-year-old amateur.

Ko’s latest tribute came this week when she was awarded the Mark H. McCormick Medal as the leading women’s amateur golfer for a third year in a row.

From Golf Canada/ R&A

The McCormack Medal award is presented by The R&A and the USGA, which jointly administer the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR), and recognises Ko’s outstanding performance in leading the ranking again this year. The 16-year-old New Zealander followed up her second successive victory in the CN Canadian Women’s Open on the LPGA Tour by finishing second behind Norway’s Suzann Pettersen at the recent Evian Championship to cap another successful year. Ko received the McCormack Medal from Pettersen, who is one of three R&A Working for Golf Ambassadors.

The Evian was Ko’s fifth Major Championship appearance of the season and she played in several events on the LPGA Tour as well as professional events in Asia and Australasia. She finished tied third in the ISPS Handa Australian Women’s Open, tied 17th in the Wegmans LPGA Championship and 25th in the Kraft Nabisco Championship.

“I am very proud and honoured to win the McCormack Medal for a third time,” said Ko. “I know there are many talented young amateurs playing at the elite level around the world so I am delighted to have finished number one in the WAGR once again.”

Pettersen praised Ko’s achievements this year. “Lydia has played brilliantly this year and shown just how good a player she is. She put me under a lot of pressure at the Evian and showed she can compete in Major Championships. To finish as the leading amateur three years in a row is a fantastic achievement and I would like to congratulate Lydia on her performance. I’m sure we will hear a lot more about her in years to come.”

Ko’s successful 2013 continued her rich vein of form from last year when she became one of the youngest winners of a professional golf championship at the New South Wales Open on the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour aged 14. She won the Australian Women’s Amateur and was runner-up in the Australian Women’s Stroke Play Championship. Aside from the CN Canadian Women’s Open in 2012 Ko also received the silver medal as the leading amateur at the U.S. Women’s Open and won the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship. 

Amateur Lydia Ko of New Zealand and caddie Brian Alexander pose with the trophy after the final round of the Canadian Women’s Open at The Vancouver Golf Club on August 26, 2012 in Coquitlam, Canada.

The World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR), which is supported by Rolex, was established in 2007 when the men’s ranking was launched. The Men’s WAGR encompasses more than 2,900 counting events, ranking more than 6,500 players representing 100 countries worldwide.

The women’s ranking was launched in 2011 and has a calendar of over 2,000 counting events with more than 3,600 ranked players representing 88 countries worldwide.