Ko to balance Tour with university life
Updated: 2014-12-02 07:14
By Reuters in Seoul(China Daily)
Rookie golf sensation Lydia Ko says she will have to learn to balance the demands of the LPGA Tour with her upcoming studies after being admitted to one of South Korea's most prestigious universities.
The 17-year-old, who was born in Korea and moved to New Zealand at the age of six, won the US women's tour Rookie of the Year award and has already collected five wins on the top tour, including the Tour Championship last month.
She will study psychology at Korea University in Seoul from next year.
"I'll have to listen to what the university says to decide how I will do my studies," she told Yonhap news agency on Sunday.
"I'll have to make sure I submit the required papers and projects as the majority of my classes will be done online."
Ko had long spoken about studying at university before she turned professional last year and hoped to emulate her idol, Michelle Wie, by studying at Stanford University in the US.
She capped a stellar 2014 season by clinching her third victory of the year in a gripping three-way playoff for the Tour Championship in Naples, Florida, last month.
The youngest player in the elite field, Ko also claimed the circuit's first Race for the CME Globe title and its $1 million bonus - the biggest payday in women's golf.
Despite being named one of Time magazine's '100 most influential people' earlier this year, Ko said she still has a long way to go.
"I heard about that but I don't give it too much thought," she said of the Time ranking.
"I think this is just the beginning. I still have a long road ahead of me," she said.
Ko, ranked third in the world, said her family had helped her cope with the demands of playing in the United States.
"My mom has been always with me," she said. "I was able to overcome the difficult times as she was there to cook for me, pack my clothes and to talk with me."
Lydia Ko sits on a stack of $1 million in cash with the CME Tour Championship and CME Race for the Globe trophies following the final round of the CME Group Tour Championship on Nov 23 in Naples, Florida. Sam Greenwood / Getty Images / AFP
(China Daily 12/02/2014 page23)