Another Ko is looking to take the LPGA by Storm

by Maura Hutchinson

South Korea’s Jin Young Ko made history on Sunday with her victory at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open.  Becoming just the second player in 67 years to win her debut on the LPGA Tour.  

Ko’s impressive wire-to-wire victory at the Kooyonga Golf Club was her first LPGA event since earning her full card after winning the KEB Hana Bank Championship last October. The 22-year-old racked up impressive rounds of 65-69-71-69 to finish with a 14-under 274 total. Three-strokes ahead of Hyejin Choi.

“My goal this week was firstly to make the cut and second to enjoy the game. But I won this week so I don’t know what that might mean,” Ko told reporters on Sunday.

It might possibly mean she needs to set some new goals, and Ko has a pretty good idea of where to aim next.

“My goal is Rookie of the Year.”

The South Korean golfer first burst onto the scene in 2015 when she narrowly missed out on major glory, finishing second to Inbee Park at the Ricoh Women’s British Open. Ko already has ten KLPGA titles under her belt and if her LPGA debut is anything to go on it’s going to be one interesting season following this one!