Lydia and coach Guy Wilson part ways
BY New Zealand Golf | 23 Dec 2013
After an incredibly successful 11 years together Institute of Golf coach Guy Wilson and Lydia Ko will no longer be working together in 2014.
“It’s been an honour to help develop Lydia into the No.4 golfer in the world,” said Wilson.
“When I first met her the golf clubs were taller than she was and she didn’t know the first thing about a driver or a putter but now she has one of the most envied swings in the women’s golf world.
“We’ve spent a lot of time together over the past decade and during that time I’ve become very close to Lydia and her family.
“While I’m incredibly disappointed that our 11 year partnership is over, I respect Lydia and her team’s decision.
“Lydia’s consistent and outstanding performance is the ultimate payback for any coach and it has been truly wonderful working with someone with her talent, dedication and focus.
“I wish Lydia all the best and will watch proudly as she embarks on what I’m sure will be a hugely successful professional golfing career.
“The Institute of Golf team and I will continue to work with other young golfers keen to follow in Lydia’s footsteps and professionals like NZ No.1 Michael Hendry in the future.”
Wilson and Ko first met in 2002 at the Pupuke Golf Course near Auckland’s northern beaches.
With Wilson as coach Ko became the World No.1 amateur for three consecutive years and rose as high as No.4 in the World Golf Rankings.
She won five professional titles while under Wilson’s guidance.