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Millbrook Resort to Host ISPS Handa NZ Open This Week

Millbrook Resort to Host ISPS Handa NZ Open This Week

The spectacular Millbrook Resort in Queenstown, New Zealand, hosts the ISPS Handa New Zealand Open this week.  The biggest event on the New Zealand golfing calendar, the tournament tees off from 9-12…

Lydia Ko Wants Golfing Pay Parity

Lydia Ko Wants Golfing Pay Parity

The world’s top woman golfer New Zealander Lydia Ko, 19, wants her stunning achievements as a teenager to narrow the sport’s huge gap in prize money between men and women, according to the Daily…

Three Golfers Selected to Represent NZ at Rio

Three Golfers Selected to Represent NZ at Rio

Lydia Ko, Danny Lee and Ryan Fox have been chosen to represent New Zealand in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, as reported in the Fiji Times. “This is a truly proud moment for…

Lydia Ko Cruises to 3rd Title of Season in Arkansas

Lydia Ko Cruises to 3rd Title of Season in Arkansas

Sparked by a stretch of four birdies in her first five holes at the NW Arkansas Championship, New Zealand world champion golfer Lydia Ko, 19, opened an early four-shot lead and was rarely challenged…

Lydia Ko Named in ESPN World Fame 100 Ranking

Lydia Ko Named in ESPN World Fame 100 Ranking

Lydia Ko has been ranked 81st in ESPN’s World Fame 100 List. She is the only New Zealander among the Top 100 Most Famous athletes and one of only eight women on the list. “Ko…

Lydia Ko Wins ANA Inspiration

Lydia Ko Wins ANA Inspiration

“Lydia Ko saved her best for last when she birdied the 72nd hole in Sunday’s ANA Inspiration finale to become the youngest golfer in the modern era to win back-to-back major championships”, writes Emily…

Lydia Ko claims 11th LPGA Tour Title with Kia Classic

Lydia Ko claims 11th LPGA Tour Title with Kia Classic

New Zealand golfing superstar Lydia Ko won the Kia Classic on Sunday at Aviara, and has reaffirmed her position as the top player in the world heading into the first major championship…

Lydia Ko Wins New Zealand Open

Lydia Ko Wins New Zealand Open

Lydia Ko has won the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open for the third time “on a remarkable day that began with a 5.7 magnitude earthquake rattling Christchurch” and “prevailed playing through what the Ladies…

Michael Long Wins Vic Open with Magic Shot

Michael Long Wins Vic Open with Magic Shot

Cromwell-born former PGA Tour professional Michael Long said he could not have hit the incredible chip shot that won him this year’s Vic Open if he had another 99 tries. Long admitted he thought he…

Lydia Ko’s Impact On The Game of Golf

Lydia Ko’s Impact On The Game of Golf

Lydia Ko’s impact on the game of golf extends well beyond her years, according to an article in ESPN. The South Korean-born, New Zealand-bred 18-year-old golfer, is one of the most precocious sports…

Marvel Gives Lydia Ko Comic Book Treatment

Marvel Gives Lydia Ko Comic Book Treatment

Lydia Ko, 18, might as well be a super hero, according to Korea Times correspondent Brian Han. That’s why Marvel teamed up with ESPN to give the New Zealand golf champion the comic book…

Golfing Star Lydia Ko Picks up Another Trophy

Golfing Star Lydia Ko Picks up Another Trophy

Eighteen-year-old Aucklander Lydia Ko has scooped the US$1 million LPGA Tour jackpot and has been named the women’s LPGA Player of the Year, becoming the youngest in its 49-year history to do so. Ko retained…

Lydia Ko on TIME’s Most Influential Teen List

Lydia Ko on TIME’s Most Influential Teen List

Auckland professional golfer Lydia Ko, 18, has once again made TIME’s annual “30 Most Influential Teens” list. At the age of 17, this New Zealander became the youngest golfer to be ranked number one in…

Lydia Ko Reclaims No. 1 Title in Taiwan

Lydia Ko Reclaims No. 1 Title in Taiwan

New Zealander Lydia Ko, 18, has won the Fubon LPGA Taiwan Championship and has regained the No. 1 spot in the world rankings, replacing American Nancy Lopez as the youngest player to win 10 events…

Historic Win for Lydia Ko

Historic Win for Lydia Ko

Lydia Ko made golfing history when she won Sunday’s Evian Championship in France as the youngest winner of a women’s major. The win was her fourth LPGA win of 2015 and the ninth of…

Lydia Ko Wins Canadian Pacific

Lydia Ko Wins Canadian Pacific

Lydia Ko has won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open for the third time and first as a professional, beating American Stacy Lewis with a par on the first hole of a playoff. The 18-year-old Ko…

Danny Lee Wins Greenbrier Classic

Danny Lee Wins Greenbrier Classic

Rotorua golfer Danny Lee has earned his first PGA Tour win at The Greenbrier Classic in West Virginia in a four-man playoff nearly eight years after becoming a U.S. Amateur champion at age 18. “I kind of felt…

Golf Champion Michael Campbell Calls It Quits

Golf Champion Michael Campbell Calls It Quits

Former US Open Champion New Zealander Michael Campbell, 46, is retiring from golf to concentrate on running his golf academy in Malaga, Spain. Campbell, who won the Open at Pinehurst in 2005, told New Zealand’s…

Lydia Ko to Donate Winnings to Disaster-Struck Nepal

Lydia Ko to Donate Winnings to Disaster-Struck Nepal

New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko is planning to donate all her winnings from this week’s LPGA tournament to the relief effort in quake-hit Nepal. The winner of this week’s tournament will receive $A 243,400. The golfing…

Lydia Ko Budding Superstar of Women’s Golf

Lydia Ko Budding Superstar of Women’s Golf

As a phenomenon so far New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko, 17, is on par with the young Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, according to the Wall Street Journal. Are we on the brink of…

As Lydia Ko Turns 18 She Hopes to Celebrate with a Major

As Lydia Ko Turns 18 She Hopes to Celebrate with a Major

Few golfers have had better runs than the one that has swept New Zealander Lydia Ko, 17, to the top of the world rankings. She has entered the women’s first major, the ANA Inspiration…

Lydia Ko takes New Zealand Women’s Open for 2nd-straight victory

Lydia Ko takes New Zealand Women’s Open for 2nd-straight victory

Lydia Ko, the 17 year old New Zealand LPGA star sits atop of the golf world with her second straight win of the 2015 season finishing with a 1-under 71 at Clearwater Golf Club…

Lydia Ko’s Latest Caddie Lands the Top Gig

Lydia Ko’s Latest Caddie Lands the Top Gig

Lydia Ko’s search for the right caddie has been an intriguing storyline for the media throughout her short span on the LPGA Tour, but it appears Australian bag man Jason Hamilton, for the foreseeable…

Lydia Ko Becomes Youngest LPGA Rookie of Year

Lydia Ko Becomes Youngest LPGA Rookie of Year

New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko has become the youngest winner of the LPGA’s Rookie of the Year award in a season in which she has won twice, secured two runner-up finishes, and gained nine…

Steve Williams Reflects on Stellar Caddie Career

Steve Williams Reflects on Stellar Caddie Career

Steve Williams, one of the world’s most famous caddies, talks to the New York Times about his plans to wind down his dream career after being inducted to the Caddie Hall of Fame this…

Steve Williams Inducted into the Caddie Hall of Fame

Steve Williams Inducted into the Caddie Hall of Fame

After a career that has lasted nearly four decades, New Zealander Steve Williams, 50, has been inducted into the Caddie Hall of Fame by the Western Golf Association. Williams received a bronze caddie statue as…

Aucklander Wins Washington Amateur Golf Tournament

Aucklander Wins Washington Amateur Golf Tournament

Aucklander James Beale has won the 113th Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship in Washington on the 38th hole, defeating American Cole Madey. Beale, who last week finished fourth in the Sahalee Players Championship, capped off…

Lydia Ko Pairs with Famed Caddy at Pinehurst

Lydia Ko Pairs with Famed Caddy at Pinehurst

Professional golfer Lydia Ko, 17, ranked No 3 in the world, has been keeping good company of late, playing a nine-hole practice round at Pinehurst recently with sexagenarian caddie Mike Cowan, who worked for…

Golf Commentator One Voice worth Listening to

Golf Commentator One Voice worth Listening to

In a business rife with mediocrity, New Zealand-born commentator Frank Nobilo is one voice worth listening to, writes John Huggan for the Scotsman. For a decade or so before he made the jump to the…

Pro Win for One of the Most Influential People on Planet

Pro Win for One of the Most Influential People on Planet

Still only 17 years of age, New Zealander Lydia Ko is in her rookie season as a professional – the LPGA waiving their age limit of 18 on account of her talent and maturity…

Golf needs people like Tiger, says Campbell

Golf needs people like Tiger, says Campbell

Former US Open champion New Zealander Michael Campbell, 45, who famously defeated Tiger Woods by two strokes to win the 2005 US Open, is co-hosting four studio review shows with FOX Sports in Singapore…

Toddler’s Golf Swing a Match for Tiger’s

Toddler’s Golf Swing a Match for Tiger’s

A New Zealand toddler has just placed third in an international competition for junior golf swings. William Tye, who modelled his golf swing on Tiger Woods after watching a video of the famous athlete,…

Much Good to Be Had from a Gift like Lydia’s

Much Good to Be Had from a Gift like Lydia’s

As Lydia Ko, 16, began her rookie year playing as a professional in the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic last week, ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel profiled the world’s No 4-ranked player. Winner of two…

Lydia Ko Rises to Fourth in the World Ranking

Lydia Ko Rises to Fourth in the World Ranking

After her first win as a professional, kiwi teenager Lydia Ko has moved up two places to number four in the world rankings. Over the weekend she won the Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters US$800,000…

Ko Wins First Professional Title

Ko Wins First Professional Title

Just a matter of weeks after announcing that she had turned pro, New Zealand golfer Lydia Ko has won her first professional title. The 16-year-old won the Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters, at the Linkou…

Move to the Sunshine Has Rejuvenated Golfer

Move to the Sunshine Has Rejuvenated Golfer

Queensland Sunshine Tour Order of Merit winner Hamilton-born Jim Cusdin, 28, credits a move to Maroochydore on the Sunshine Coast for revitalising his golf career. It was somewhat of a risk he says, but…

Lydia Ko Goes Pro: Teen Golf Sensation Makes Announcement With Help From Israel Dagg

Lydia Ko Goes Pro: Teen Golf Sensation Makes Announcement With Help From Israel Dagg

Kiwi golf prodigy Lydia Ko has finally announced she has turned professional – but to mix things up a bit she has done so through a YouTube video and Twitter. A two-time winner…

Leading Amateur Award Ahead of Pro Decision

Leading Amateur Award Ahead of Pro Decision

New Zealander Lydia Ko, 16, has received the McCormack Medal as the world’s leading women amateur for a third straight year, which was presented to her by the Royal & Ancient and United States…

Willis Switches Speed Codes

Willis Switches Speed Codes

Lower Hutt-born middle-distance Olympic medallist Nick Willis, 30, is venturing into the hybrid sport of speed golf and will participate in the Speedgolf World Championships on 26 October and 27 October at…

Australian Amateur Golf Title for New Plymouth Man

Australian Amateur Golf Title for New Plymouth Man

Murray Martin from New Plymouth has become the first New Zealander since 2009 to win the Australian Men’s Senior Amateur Championship with a six stroke victory at Royal Queensland Golf Club. Martin finished with rounds…

Casual Brilliance Shines Brightest of All in Canada

Casual Brilliance Shines Brightest of All in Canada

“Amateur Lydia Ko is a humble sports prodigy, a student and 16 years old, all of which means that rarely have the absolute best pros in women’s golf had their collective butts…

Lydia Ko Wins Canadian Women’s Open

Lydia Ko Wins Canadian Women’s Open

16-year-old Lydia Ko has made history at the CN Canadian Women’s Open, defending her Canadian Open title with a dominating win in Alberta and becoming the first amateur in history to win two LPGA…

Alongside Her Idol

Alongside Her Idol

Top-ranked amateur golf player in the world, New Zealander Lydia Ko, 15, partnered with American professional Michelle Wie at Mission Hills Country Club in California, where the first major of the women’s…

Lydia Ko ‘Just Incredible’

Lydia Ko ‘Just Incredible’

Steve Williams says he’s almost lost for words when it comes to fellow Kiwi Lydia Ko’s achievements, according to The Age. Williams has caddied for Tiger Woods, Greg Norman, Raymond Floyd and now Adam…

Talent Gets On With It

Talent Gets On With It

“The golf prodigy Lydia Ko was asked how she would cope with being the youngest competitor this week at the Women’s British Open, which was like asking Sean Lennon how he deals with being…

Teen Golfer Makes History

Teen Golfer Makes History

Fifteen-year-old amateur sensation Aucklander Lydia Ko has made golfing history becoming the youngest LPGA champion closing with a 5-under 67 for a three-stroke victory over at Inbee Park to win the Canadian Women’s Open….

Honours at Blackwolf Run

Honours at Blackwolf Run

Fifteen-year-old world top-ranked amateur golfer, Aucklander Lydia Ko, has taken low amateur honours in the U.S. Women’s Open, at Blackwolf Run, Wisconsin. Although Ko is still an amateur, she has not only played with…

Pebble Beach On Steroids

Pebble Beach On Steroids

“There are a lot of places your golf ball can go on this course, and many of them are not good,” cautioned Ryan Brandeburg, the director of golf at a thrill ride of a…

Thrilling Win for Paddison

Thrilling Win for Paddison

Wellington golfer Gareth Paddison, 31, held on in a nail-biting finish to win the Victorian PGA Championship at Creswick’s Forest Park by one shot ahead of Australian Leighton Lyle. Forest Resort pro-golfer Ben Roberts…

Teenage Dream Come True

Teenage Dream Come True

Fourteen-year-old North Harbour amateur Lydia Ko has become the youngest winner of a professional golf tour event, taking the women’s New South Wales Open by four strokes. South Korean-born Ko, the world’s top amateur,…

Emphatic Win For Talented Teen

Emphatic Win For Talented Teen

Auckland golf prodigy Lydia Ko has reinforced her ranking as the world’s best female amateur with an emphatic win in the Australian amateur championship at Woodlands in Melbourne. Ko, a gifted 14-year-old, beat Australian…

Swinging Up the Ranks

Swinging Up the Ranks

New Zealand’s Danny Lee, 21, the 2008 US Amateur champion, has won the WNB Golf Classic for his first second tier United States Nationwide Tour title, beating former Georgia star Harris English with a…

Sensitive Golfing

Sensitive Golfing

In the space of three weeks this winter, Cape Kidnappers Golf Course was honoured as the most environmentally sensitive golf course in New Zealand, and by GOLF Magazine as the 33rd ranked golf course…

Time For a Change

Time For a Change

Tiger Woods says goodbye to long-time caddie Steve Williams after twelve years, 13 majors and 72 tournament wins. Woods and Williams, have been together since 1999. “I want to express my deepest…

Golfer’s dream courses

Golfer’s dream courses

The sister golf courses of Kauri Cliffs and Cape Kidnappers are included in a list of Toronto Star travel writer Ian Cruickshank’s “top five places that still need to be played.” “Kauri Cliffs teeters…

Honoured this year

Honoured this year

Golfer Bob Charles, 74, has been made a member of the Order of New Zealand (ONZ), restricted to 2 living New Zealanders, in the New Year Honours. Carterton-born Charles was the first left-hander to…