Teenage golf sensation Lydia Ko is in the running for a
global award recognising the achievements of up and coming
The South Korea-born 15-year-old who now calls Auckland home
has been named as a candidate for the Laureus World
Breakthrough of the Year award.
"Ko became the youngest ever winner of a professional golf
event in January, when she won the NSW Open at the age of 14
years 280 days, breaking the record of Japan's Ryo Ishikawa,
who was 15 years, eight months when he won his first
tournament," said a statement from Laureus.
The teen has also become the youngest winner of an LPGA Tour
event at the CN Canadian Women's Open, aged 15 years, four
Ko is up against some stiff opposition for the award,
eligibility for which is not determined by age.
British tennis star Andy Murray, 25, is likely to be a
frontrunner for the award for his 2012 Olympic gold medal and
US Open victory.
Also in the mix are American gold medal Olympic gymnast Gabby
Douglas, 16, 400m Olympic gold medallist athlete Kirani
James, 19, from the Caribbean island of Grenada, and dual
Olympic gold medal British cyclist Laura Robson.
A shortlist of six nominees, decided by a panel of sports
media representatives, will be announced on December 13 at a
function in Rio, with the overall winner to be named at a
date to be confirmed.