Queenstown personality to caddy for Lydia Ko

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A Queenstown personality will caddy for the world’s top women’s amateur golfer at the local New Zealand PGA Championship next month.

Fifteen-year-old Lydia Ko – who yesterday (Sunday) became the first Kiwi to win the NZ Women’s Golf Open – has chosen AJ Hackett Bungy sales manager Regan Pearce.

Pearce, who captained the victorious Wakatipu Premiers rugby team last year, says the invitation came after they met during last year’s inaugural championship at The Hills, near Arrowtown.

“She came out to the Kawarau bridge to do a bungy jump and I hosted her,” Pearce says.

“After the tournament, I said, ‘look, if you ever need anyone to carry the bag for you, I would love to do it’.”

Pearce says when an invitation came from Ko’s mother Tina two months ago, he initially thought a work colleague was playing a joke on him.

Once he found out it was for real, “I was extremely humbled”.

“It’s not every day you get to caddy for someone of her calibre – this could be a career change for me.”

Pearce says he enjoys his golf but admits he’s a novice caddy.

The NZ Women’s Open was Ko’s third professional victory following her success in last year’s New South Wales Open and Canadian Open.