Playing alongside a Hollywood star, giving tips to the prime minister, and beating the boys - in this case some top-ranked male professional golfers - all made Lydia Ko's decision to return to Arrowtown's PGA Pro-Am Championship a no-brainer.
The world's top women's amateur golfer yesterday confirmed she will again be part of a high-profile entry list for the late February tournament.
The 15-year-old rising star of the golf world will be one of 68 amateurs to be teamed with professional players in the final two days of the tournament. Ko will line up alongside cricketing legend Sir Ian Botham in the amateur field.
The four-day tournament kicks off from March 28.
- The Southland Times