Round with sensational Ko the ultimate present

Last updated 13:47 29/01/2014
Lydia Ko
Getty Images
LUCKY MAN: A Tauranga woman has given her golf-loving husband the ultimate present - a round of golf with Lydia Ko.

Relevant offers


Danny Lee's rollercoaster Presidents Cup debut ends with loss Luke Fitzgerald's golfing gaffe leaves Rory McIlroy and Ireland in hysterics European tour rookie Matt Fitzpatrick secures $4.5 million British Masters title Lydia Ko finishes second at LPGA Tour event in Malaysia Internationals give themselves a chance at Presidents Cup glory Melbourne to host 2019 Presidents Cup: Finchem United States keep slim lead in Presidents Cup over Internationals Ian Poulter confident at British Masters despite 'smash on head with wet salmon' Presidents Cup: Phil Mickelson takes the blame for ball blunder Danny Lee struggles at Presidents Cup as South Africans lead day two resurgence

A Tauranga woman has given her golf-loving husband the ultimate present - a round of golf with teenage sensation Lydia Ko in Christchurch tomorrow.

But it's come at a price - $7500 to be exact - after Sharlene Rowling won a Trade Me auction today, handing her husband, Jason, a spot alongside Ko in the New Zealand Women's Open pro-am tournament at Clearwater tomorrow.

An 11-handicapper at the Tauranga Golf Club, Jason is "super-excited" to be dusting off his clubs though he's a tad nervous having not played for three months. He estimates he's only played "eight or nine" rounds in the past year.

"I might have to get a few tips off Lydia, I think," he laughed.

Jason boards a plane in Tauranga at 3pm and "can't wait" to get to Chirstchurch.

He'll tee off with Ko at 1pm tomorrow and the package includes the prizegiving dinner, food and drinks on course, an event pack, a signed Ko ball, glove, shirt and pro-am team photo.

He had "no idea" what his wife was up.

"She apparently told a few people what she was doing. I couldn't believe it when she said what she'd done, I was totally blown away."

The Rowlings own a retirement village in Tauranga and Jason, 45, said he'd "have to cancel a few appointments" before he left.

And what happens to the $7.5k?

It goes to the tournament's official charity, the Dr Handa Fellowship in International Studies (University of Canterbury), which was established to enable scholarly exchange between New Zealand and Japan in Japanese studies.

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers
Opinion poll

If she is able to, when do you expect Lydia Ko to win her first major?

Next year, she's so close

She's still working towards it, within three years

It may be longer than we think, within five years

The expectation might be too much, maybe never

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content