Welcome to NZCity
23 Oct 2017 20:40
Rio Olympics
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • News
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Ski Report
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  • Home >  2016 Olympics >  News

    Olympic golf venue should allow women: Ko

    World No.1 Lydia Ko has joined the push for a change to the men-only policy for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics golf venue.

    2 March 2017

    Lydia Ko has made some major changes in the off-season, and the world No.1 is also hoping the golf venue for the next Olympics makes changes to its policy of barring female members.

    The International Olympic Committee has urged the private Kasumigaseki Country Club to allow women full membership or the 2020 Tokyo Games organisers will be asked to find a new venue.

    Ko, speaking in Singapore ahead of the HSBC Women's Champions event, said golf was gradually improving in terms of equality, and the standard of women's play on the major tours was helping speed up that process.

    "I think especially in past generations, golf was a men's game. And I think especially on the LPGA, you see the amount of talent level in the women's game is immense," Ko said.

    "Courses that in the past have been only men-only member ones have slowly changed, and you can see that not only in golf, but in everything that happens around us," the 19-year-old New Zealander said.

    "The support and how popular women's golf is in Japan, I think maybe around the time of the Olympics or hopefully in the future, they will be able to change that rule."

    Ko won five events in 2016, including her second major at the ANA Inspiration, but rather than rest on her laurels, she opted to change her coach, caddie and clubs.

    So far, she is delighted with her new tools of trade, having finished eighth at last week's Honda LPGA Thailand event.

    "Obviously changes are really big and when you like the clubs that you're trying, it's always nice I think to change it up a little bit," she said of her new PXG clubs after switching from Calloway.

    "It gives your mind some, I guess, breath of fresh air."


    NZN





    Click here for more NZ Olympic news

     Olympics NewsLinks
      23 Oct: Ex-nrl star duffie's all blacks tour call (RadioNZ)
      23 Oct: Meech wins first world cup regatta (RadioNZ)
      23 Oct: F1 debut starting to sink in for hartley (RadioNZ)
      23 Oct: Four new all blacks selected for northern tour (RadioNZ)
      23 Oct: Promising 13th for hartley on debut (RadioNZ)
      23 Oct: Bolt serious about football career (RadioNZ)
      23 Oct: Spurs and gunners produce big wins in epl (RadioNZ)
      23 Oct: Strong finish for ko (RadioNZ)
      23 Oct: Recap: tottenham vs liverpool (RadioNZ)
      23 Oct: Nz stun india in opener (RadioNZ)
    more Olympics newslinks >>

    © 2017 NZCity, NZN

    NZ Olympic News


    Click for Olympic sports results




    Meech eyes Laser gold at World Cup regatta
    World rowing gold for NZ women's pair
    NZ women's eight topple USA in heats
    Rower Bond chases cycling world title
    Meech and Saunders battle at Laser worlds
    Kiwi Nacra pair fourth at world champs
    US snowboarder White out of Winter Games
    NZ Nacra sailors committed to Tokyo Games
    Cheatley steps down from NZ track cycling
    Amir Khan's estranged wife Faryal Makhdoom has reportedly vowed to raise their second child alone
    Maloney and Meech claim early lead
    Nyika loses contentious quarter-final
    Short Games prep won't hold me back: Wells
    Skier Wells keeps quad cork in back pocket
    Hamish Bond cracks cycling big time

    © 2017 New Zealand City Ltd