Dallas: World No 1 Lydia Ko said that she would donate any LPGA winnings this week to earthquake relief in Nepal.
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The New Zealand sensation was 17 when she ascended to the top of the golf rankings this year, becoming the youngest golfer to reach the summit. She turned 18 last week, and continues to show her maturity on and off the course.
"Obviously it was very unfortunate when I got to hear that there was an earthquake in Nepal," Ko said yesterday as she prepared for the LPGA's North Texas Shootout.
"We had a big one in New Zealand, too, a couple of years ago, and it affected a lot of people. There it was in Christchurch, where we call it the Garden City, but now it still has the name, but there is still evidence of what happened.
"Natural disasters you can't do much about. Sometimes it's hard to be prepared for it, so I thought, those people there, nice people and very innocent, so I wanted to give this tournament's earnings and donate it to them."