Auckland 14-year-old Cecilia Cho became the
second youngest player to win the women’s
honours at the Lion Foundation New Zealand
Amateur golf championships.
She held off the challenge from 12-year-old
Lydia Ko (Pupuke) in what proved the youngest
fi nalists in the 115-year history of the amateur
championship, at Titirangi Golf Club.
Western Australia’s Matt Jager, 20, proved too
strong for South Africa’s Nicol van Wyk to take
out the men’s title 6 and 5 for the best win of his
Cho, four-up after 18 holes, held off a brief
comeback from Ko to win 4 and 3. The South
Island Amateur champion was three weeks and
three days older than Auckland’s Larissa Eruera
was when she won the amateur title in 2006.
Jager, who won a major tournament in Argentina
last summer, was in complete control, adding
touch on the greens to the pure ball-striking that
he has produced during the tournament.
He was 6-up after 15 holes with an eagle and
four birdies before going to the break at 4-up.
He pushed back out to a 6-up advantage after 24
holes and never allowed the steady South African
back into the match.