The world’s top woman amateur golfer will be hosted by Coastguard Queenstown this weekend.
Queenstown-bound: World number one amateur golfer Lydia Ko
New Zealander Lydia Ko, 15, who claimed top individual honours at the women’s world amateur teams championships in Turkey last weekend, arrives on Friday with her mother Tina Hyon.
Ko will be playing golf at Millbrook on Saturday and at Jack’s Point on Sunday following a Coastguard-fundraising auction at the Mountain Scene Thriller in the Chiller boxing event during the Queenstown Winter Festival.
Lawyer Graeme Todd of GTodd Law successfully bid to play two nine-hole rounds at Millbrook with Ko along with six of his clients or friends.
Local investor and philanthropist Sir Eion Edgar also successfully bid for lunch and golf at Jack’s Point with Ko and her mother and two adult guests.
Sir Eion Edgar donated this as a present for his wife, Jan Lady Edgar.
Ko and her mother will also be Edgar’s guests at a Wakatipu Rowing Club fundraising dinner/auction on Friday which will be attended by Olympic rowing medallists Mahe Drysdale, Eric Murray, Juliette Haigh and Storm Uru.
Ko and her mother will also take an excursion on Sunday on the Coastguard search and rescue vessel, Queenstown Airport 1.
Ko has enjoyed a phenomenal year on the golf circuit this year, culminating in her win in the Canadian Open and securing the Mark McCormack Medal as the world’s top-ranked amateur for the second running.
She played in the inaugural NZ PGA Pro-Am Championship at The Hills, near Arrowtown, and is due to return in February.
Coastguard Queenstown, which provides a voluntary maritime search and rescue service, is building permanent premises at Frankton Marina.
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