LYDIA KO WON HER THIRD New Zealand Women’s Open on Sunday in the aftermath of a 5.7 magnitude earthquake.
It was an emotional victory for the 18-year-old Ko, whose family moved from South Korea to New Zealand after Ko was born. Now she wants to help her homeland.
“I have discussed this with my family and my team and this is something that we all want to do,” Ko said about donating her winner’s check. “We will seriously think about the best way that we can use this money to help New Zealand.”
The expected donation will amount to about $33,000.
The women’s world No. 1 golfer, Ko already has 10 LPGA wins, including a major. The ISPS Handa New Zealand Women’s Open is an event on the Australian Ladies Professional Golf Tour.