Young golfer visits Queenstown

Queenstown lawyer Graeme Todd hosted championship golfer Lydia Ko.
Queenstown lawyer Graeme Todd hosted championship golfer Lydia Ko.

Teenage sensation and world leading amateur female golfer Lydia Ko spent the weekend in Queenstown but still managed to get a bit of homework done.

Ko, 15, arrived with her mother, Tina Hyon, and played golf at Millbrook resort with lawyer Graeme Todd and clients and at Jack's Pt with Queenstown businessman Sir Eion Edgar.

They successfully bid to play nine-hole rounds against the teenager during a charity auction at the annual Winter Festival.

Mr Todd yesterday said it was a delight to play against Ko and a group of clients thoroughly enjoyed the day.

"She was wonderful, very mature and outgoing and she has her head firmly screwed on."

After lunch at Millbrook Ko headed off for a spot of study for her exams later this month, he said.

She also spent time with Coastguard Queenstown crew out on the water with London Olympic rowers Mahe Drysdale, Juliet Haig and Storm Uru, who were in town to support Wakatipu Rowing Club.

Coastguard Queenstown president Carl Portegys said the crew were pleased to get support from Kiwi role models to help promote water safety.

Ko has wowed the golfing world this year, winning the Canadian Open and the world's top-ranked amateur title for the second consecutive year. 

The Southland Times