Lydia Ko makes history with Australian Women's Amateur win

MELBOURNE, Australia (Jan. 22, 2011) -- World No 1 Lydia Ko has won the Australian amateur title and is believed to be one of the youngest winners in the 118 year history of the event.

The North Shore golfer, who has made a habit of rewriting history in her short but illustrious amateur career, defeated Victorian Breanna Elliott 4 and 3 at the Woodlands Golf Club in Melbourne today.

Ko becomes one the youngest winner of the trophy that dates back to 1894 and she follows in the footsteps of Kiwi golfers Guy Williams (1920), Oliver Kay (1933, 1936) and Jan Higgins (1989) who have won the title.

Golf Australia records do not have an indication of the ages of the champions of the early years of the Australian women's amateur but believed Ko was among the youngest winners of the event.

"I am really proud of myself," said the 14-year-old. "I won the Australian stroke play title last year and finished second in qualifying, but this is so much better. There has been a lot of pressure all week and I have been really happy with how I have played, and to come through to the end and win is amazing.

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ABOUT THE Australian Women's Amateur

The Australian Women's Amateur Championship is contested over 36-holes stroke play qualifying, with the leading 32 players progressing to elimination match play. It is open to players of all ages with an initial field size of 72 players.

It was first played in 1894 and past winners include touring professionals Nikki Campbell, Sarah Oh and Kristie Smith.

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