Still a 15-year-old amateur, Lydia Ko now has a hat- trick of stunning wins playing alongside the professionals in women's golf. Her weekend one-stroke victory at the New Zealand Women's Open at Clearwater follows wins in the Canadian Women's Open and the Women's New South Wales Open.
Lydia is demonstrating the potential to become one of the greats of New Zealand sport. Remarkable as she is right now, her best golf is probably still some years in front of her and she admitted to a nervousness at Clearwater which the surety of age and experience will help her to overcome.
Lydia was born in South Korea but took New Zealand citizenship in 2009 and, of course, we are delighted to claim her as a Kiwi now that she is the world's top-ranked amateur woman golfer. She is a reminder of the true value of immigration to this country - we embrace people with talent, who in turn honour us all by becoming New Zealanders.
No pressure, Lydia, but we look forward to following your progress with pride.
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