Campbell and Kobori to join Ko in Florida
The three recipients of the Lydia Ko scholarship have been announced by New Zealand Golf.
They are Alanna Campbell (Bay of Plenty), Momoka Kobori (Canterbury) and Eujin Kang (Auckland).
The goal of the scholarship is to better prepare New Zealand’s top women amateur golfers for success on the world stage, said New Zealand Golf’s high performance manager Gregg Thorpe.
“Without access to the right information bridging the gap, from being a strong national level player to being an internationally successful amateur can be a difficult one,’’ Thorpe said.
“Without this step, turning professional can ultimately seem out of reach.”
As part of the scholarship two of three players — Campbell and Kobori — will head to Florida in the United States next month to spend time with Ko and gain some understanding of life as a top professional.
Added Thorpe: “To be able to spend time with Lydia and her team will deepen the players understanding of what skills are needed, and to learn how to bridge these gaps.
“Alanna and Momoka are very capable young golfers with exciting futures, they are certainly deserving of this opportunity.
“The ultimate goal is to get more of our elite amateurs playing on the world stage, to compete and win, and to fly the Kiwi flag.
“The mentoring Lydia and her team offers is invaluable to furthering their development,”
Ko said she was excited at the opportunity to host the girls and proud to be able to provide support back to women in golf in New Zealand in recognition of the support she received along her journey.
“I am really pleased to be able to work with New Zealand Golf to in some small way, help out the next young golfers,’’ Ko said.
“I received support from so many people as I grew up and I’m proud to be able to give something back. I’m really looking forward to having these girls over and spending time with them, hopefully they enjoy their time with me.”