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Teenage golfer Lydia Ko accepted into elite Seoul college

November 28, 2014
Lydia Ko

Lydia Ko

SEOUL (Yonhap) — Lydia Ko, a South Korean-born teenage golfer from New Zealand, has been admitted into one of the top universities in Seoul where she will study psychology, the university said Friday.

Ko, 17, has been accepted into Korea University from a pool of overseas Korean candidates and is enrolled for the 2015 school year, the university said.

Each year, Korea University draws part of its entering class from foreign nationals who are ethnically Korean and completed primary and secondary education outside of South Korea.

Ko, currently the world’s No. 3 female golfer, was born in Seoul and moved to New Zealand at the age of 6.

In 2012, she became the youngest person ever to win a professional golf tournament by winning the 2012 Women’s NSW Open on the ALPG Tour at 14. The record was later broken by Canada’s Brooke Henderson.

Ko turned pro this year and earned her first LPGA Tour title at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in April.

In October, she was named one of the 25 most influential teens by Time magazine along with the two daughters of U.S. President Barack Obama.