16 Aug 2012

Ko top world amateur again

11:38 am on 16 August 2012

The New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko will receive the Mark McCormack Medal as the leading women's player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings for the second consecutive year.

The North Harbour 15 year-old secured the top ranking after winning the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship in Ohio on Monday.

Ko received the inaugural medal for the top ranked women's amateur player in 2011 and has enjoyed continued success in 2012.

In January she became one of the youngest winners of a professional golf championship when she won the New South Wales Open... she also won the Australian Women's Amateur and was runner-up in the Australian Women's Stroke Play Championship.

At this year's U.S. Women's Open Ko received the silver medal as the leading amateur and she was a semi-finalist at the U.S. Girls' Junior Championship.

The R&A and United States Golf Association award recognises Ko's remarkable season. She has led the ranking for 68 consecutive weeks and will gain a place in the 2013 U.S. Women's Open.

Ko says she's delighted and the honour means she'll continue to receive lost of invites to professional events.