16-year-old golfing phenom Lydia Ko announced to the world via a New Zealand Golf YouTube promo that she’s ready for the bigs — and she’s officially given up her amateur status and now she’s competing as a professional. Ko made the announcement in a sponsored video alongside All Blacks rugby player Israel Dagg and he even helped her reach her “monumental decision,” according to her Twitter:
— Lydia Ko (@Lko424) October 22, 2013
Ko has forgone winnings of over a million dollars — not to mention her potential in off-course earnings — in her esteemed amateur career, which included back-to-back victories at the Canadian Women’s Open.
“This is a very momentous day for Lydia and we are so thrilled that she has chosen such a unique and entertaining way to share her news with her fans today,” said New Zealand Golf Chief Executive Dean Murphy via the Herald.
“Being the special person that Lydia is, she was reluctant to hold a traditional press conference. She didn’t want to make a big fuss about news that had already been reported in the media in recent weeks.
“She has also been very busy studying for exams and wanted to make this announcement in a different way.”
Here’s the full video of Ko’s big day — which I found adorable: