A 14-year old amateur golfer could make history by winning the Samsung/Bing Lee Women’s NSW Open tomorrow.
Lydia Ko is the world’s number one ranked female amateur golfer, and at only 14-years of age she is set to become the youngest female to win a tournament on one of the five recognised women’s professional tours.
This time last year, Ko had a putt on the final hole to win the same tournament but ended up three putting, gifting the tournament to Sweden’s Caroline Hedwall.
The New Zeakland teenager is on target to erase the memory of last year. She posted a remarkable 8-under par 64 at Oatlands Golf Course today to lead the Samsung/Bing Lee Women’s NSW Open. Lindsey Wright leads the chasing pack, four shots back at 7-under for the tournament.
“I played consistent like yesterday, not many mistakes. I think I was 99.9 per cent today. I’m really happy.” Ko said.
Ko’s round included an amazing front nine which included four birdies and an eagle to make the turn at an amazing 7-under 29.
Wright is leading the chasing pack at seven-under par after carding a bogey-free 6-under par 66, her best round in the past 15 months.
Frenchwoman Gwladys Nocera is outright third at six-under par, while West Australian Kristie Smith (67), New South Wales Wendy Doolan (68) and South Korean Hae-Rym Kim (70) are a further shot back.
Six players including first round co-leader Rachel Bailey (72) England’s Melissa Reid (70) and New South Wales’ Nikki Garrett (71) all share seventh position at four-under par.
Other notables in the field Queensland’s Katherine Hull had a better day posting a 69 to shares 17th position at two-under par. England’s Laura Davies (72) is at one-over par and tied for 31st position . First round co-leader Karen Lunn shot a disappointing 77 to also be at one-over par.
Ko continues to be on track to finish the leading amateur. The leading amateur at the conclusion of the tournament receives a $1,000 voucher managed through an HSBC banking account and administered by Golf NSW. The voucher will directly contribute to the reimbursement of the player’s expenses.
The cut was made at 5-over par and 63 players will contest the last round for their share of the $125,000 on offer.
The final group of Ko, Wright and Nocera will tee off at 11.15am.