Dr. Lydia Ko?
Who knows, her fellow tour pros may be calling her that someday.
Her dreams go beyond hoisting big trophies.
Ko, who was just accepted at Korea University, will meet with school officials in the coming weeks to talk about enrolling to start her freshman year when the next semester begins in March. According to her agent, Michael Yim, Ko intends to major in psychology, a subject she is so interested in she’s already talking about the possibility of pursuing a doctorate.
“Lydia is already looking ahead 10 years,” Yim told GolfChannel.com. “Obviously, education is important to her.”
Ko, 17, the LPGA’s Rookie of the Year, collected the biggest payday in the history of women’s golf ($1.5 million) when she won the CME Group Tour Championship and Race to the CME Globe last month. She won three LPGA titles overall this year and has already won eight times as a professional, five of them LPGA titles.
How will she balance playing professional golf and pursuing a college degree?
“She’s determined,” Yim said. “I don’t think she will allow it to affect her game. She balanced school and golf this last year, getting all the schoolwork done she needed to graduate, and she’ll do it again.”
Korea University is based in Seoul. It’s one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the country.
How much work will Ko be able to do online, and how much will she be required to be on campus?
“These are some of the details she will be talking to the school about,” Yim said. “There are expectations she will have to meet, but they have a system in place.”
Michelle Wie played professional golf while attending Stanford, graduating with a degree in communications two years ago. So Yeon Ryu also played professionally while attending Yonsei University in South Korea. She graduated last year with a degree in sports business.