Kiwi golfing sensation Joshua Bai takes out US Kids World Junior Championships

Joshua Bai is the first Kiwi golfer to win silverware at the US Kids World Championship at Pinehurst in North Carolina.

The 11-year-old Aucklander is the first New Zealander to win a title at the tournament at Pinehurst in North Carolina. Source: 1 NEWS

It's a tournament that's featured such names as PGA Tour stars Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed, and women's Major winner Lexi Thompson.

The 11-year-old Kiwi crushed the field winning by four shots with a nine-under par total for three rounds in the under 11 category.

Bai plays at Auckland club Akarana, he's a key member of their senior pennants team.

He has a three handicap and is in the top one per cent of the country, an incredible feat for a kid that only picked up a golf club five years ago.

"Well when I first hit my first golf ball I liked it so I just kept on playing," said Bai.

"My lowest score around here is 69."

The young golfing star has big dreams and aspirations, saying he would love to one day win the US Masters tournament.


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Lydia Ko slips away at Women's British Open

Kiwi golfer Lydia Ko has had another stumble at the Women's British Open in Fife, Scotland.

Having only just made the cut yesterday and starting tied for 65th, Ko started poorly with a bogey on the first hole, with another on the third to see her drop to +1.

Ko looked like she could turn things around, with a birdie on the sixth, but another bogey on the eighth meant she would finish the front nine two shots over par, and remain at +1 for the tournament.

Again the world number four looked to salvage some kind of turnaround, with birdies on the 10th and 12th holes bringing her back to -1, before another bogey - her fourth of the round - meant a return to even par.

Ko held her game together to finish the round with even pars from the next five holes, finishing at +1 and sitting even for the tournament, tied for 64th.

She trails the leader In-Kyung Kim of South Korea by a massive 17 shots.


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Lydia Ko holds her nerve to make the cut at Women's British Open

Lydia Ko has scraped through to make the cut at the Women's British Open in Fife, Scotland.

Starting the day tied for 94th at +1, Ko was reliant on others falling away and needing a near flawless round to see herself through, and the Kiwi number one did just that.

Ko held her nerve on the front nine, shooting an even par 36 without dropping a single shot, before finishing off the job on the back nine.

A birdie on the 13th hole saw her back to an even par score, while another on the 17th saw her finish the round a -1, moving her to a tie for 65th place.

The Kiwi number one now trails the leader, In-Kyung Kim of South Korea, by 10 shots going into the third round tomorrow.


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