11 Mar 2011

Cho becomes world number one

6:42 pm on 11 March 2011

The New Zealand representative Cecilia Cho is officially the best amateur golfer in the world.

The 16-year-old, who is currently playing the Queen Sirikit Cup in India where the Kiwis are in fourth place heading into the final round, moved from number two to overtake Japan's Mitsuki Katahira into the top place in the World Amateur Golf Rankings.

The Women's Amateur Rankings was only added by the Royal & Ancient a week and a half ago and Cho is the first woman from New Zealand to hold that mantle.

Cho, who amassed a phenomenal 15 titles in 2009, has been on a consistent path to become the game's top ranked female amateur.

She follows in the footsteps of Danny Lee who achieved the feat in the men's rankings following his success in the States that included winning the US Amateur in 2008.

The Pakuranga Club Member, who won the Australian Strokeplay title in 2010, became the first New Zealander to win the Riversdale Cup recently in Melbourne after a long record of success on the local scene.

Meanwhile her Queen Sirikit team-mate, 13-year-old Lydia Ko, who finished runner up to Cho at the Riversdale Cup, has dropped one place to be the fourth best amateur in the world.