Teen Ko leads U.S. Women's Amateur as 10-year-old Stone shoots 82

Teen Ko leads U.S. Women’s Amateur as 10-year-old Stone shoots 82

Lydia Ko is the second-youngest winner ever of a professional golf tournament, and the New Zealand teen is looking to add to a burgeoning trophy case at the U.S. Women's Amateur.

Ko, 15, shot 6-under 66 at The Country Club in Cleveland to take the lead on Day 1 of stroke-play qualifying. She is two clear of Alison Lee and Hyo-Joo Kim, another 17-year-old from South Korea who was in contention on the final day of the LPGA's Evian Masters last month.

Latanna Stone, the 10-year-old Floridian who became the youngest to ever qualify for this championship, opened with 10-over 82 on the 6,416-yard layout. She is tied for 140th place out of 155 players.

Kimberly Kim is the youngest winner in championship history, taking the '06 title at 14 years, 11 months, 21 days.

Another round is on deck for tomorrow. The top 64 players after 36 holes will qualify for match play to determine the champion.

About the author

Ryan Ballengee

Ryan Ballengee is founder and editor of Golf News Net. He has been writing and broadcasting about golf for over a decade, working for NBC Sports, Golf Channel, Yahoo Sports and SB Nation. Ballengee lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his family. He used to be a good golfer.

Ballengee can be reached by email at ryan[at]thegolfnewsnet.com

Add Comment

Click here to post a comment