19 Jun 2011

New Zealand chance of claiming first ever Astor Trophy golf title

9:47 am on 19 June 2011

World amateur number one Lydia Ko has helped New Zealand remain unbeaten and on course for a showdown today with Great Britain and Ireland for the Astor Trophy at the Fairhaven Golf Club in Lancashire.

Yesterday's match with Australia hinged on the final singles match and Ko rallied to defeat Ashley Ona to help New Zealand to a 4 - 3 win and keep the dream of becoming the first New Zealand team to win the Astor Trophy alive.

New Zealand has never won the title and with Ko and World Number three Cecilia Cho, alongside the impressive international debut of Julianne Alvarez, the Kiwis have a great chance of making history.

The match with Great Britain and Ireland today will decide the title.

Formerly known as the Commonwealth Tournament, the Astor Trophy is contested every four years between teams of top women amateur golfers from Great Britain and Ireland, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.