9 Mar 2011

NZ women's golf team confident heading into Queen Sirikit Cup

5:59 am on 9 March 2011

With two of their players in good form the confidence is high in the New Zealand women's amateur golf team heading into the Queen Sirikit Cup tournament in India today.

The side is led by their two brilliant teenagers in 16 year old Cecilia Cho and 13 year old Lydia Ko, who go in to the tournament currently ranked number two and three amateurs in the world respectively.

That follows their splendid form in the recent Australasian professional events where Ko was runner-up in the New South Wales Open, 12th in the Australian Open and tied for fourth at the Pegasus New Zealand Open while Cho tied for fifth at the ANZ Ladies Masters.

The pair also combined to win the Australian Foursomes title while Cho became the first New Zealander to win the Riversdale Cup in Australia last week.

They are joined by Waikato's Emily Perry, the reserve last year, who is making her debut at this level.

New Zealand is one of 14 nations competing in the Asia Pacific teams championship at the historic Delhi Golf Club, a 54 hole strokeplay competition with the two best of three scores counting each day.

New Zealand last won the championship on home turf at Paraparaumu Beach in 1999 when they beat Chinese Taipei in a playoff, but will be buoyed by their performance in finishing runners-up to Korea last year in Hamilton.