29 Apr 2009

Second youngest winner for New Zealand Open

6:23 am on 29 April 2009

Auckland 14-year-old Cecilia Cho has become became the second youngest player to win the women's honours at the New Zealand Amateur golf championships at Titirangi in Auckland.

She held off the challenge from 12-year-old Lydia Ko of Pupuke in what proved the youngest finalists in the tournament's 115-year history.

Western Australia's Matt Jager, 20, proved too strong for South Africa's Nicol van Wyk to take out the men's title 6 and 5 for the best win of his young career.

Cho was four-up after 18 holes and held off a brief comeback from Ko to win 4 and 3.

The South Island Amateur champion is three weeks and three days older than Auckland's Larissa Eruera was when she won the amateur title in 2006.

Ko says she's not too disappointed because she did her best and Cho is a good player,