Monday, April 14, 2014

Should NZ Cough Up For Ko?

Her name is Lydia Ko: she's 16yrs.old.
She plays golf for a living - and she's pretty good at it.
This year Lydia Ko has made $280,000. So far, so good.
But now, Ko and entourage wants the NZ taxpayer to give her even more money than when she was an amateur.
I want it ALL! NOW!!
As an amateur, she received $115,000 from High Performance Sport NZ in 2012 and $185,000 last year...PLUS she pocketed NZ$181,000 for winning the Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters tournament in Taiwan last year. NONE of the $181K came back to reimburse NZ. This year, NZ Golf is applying for $208K to pay for her physiotherapy, coaching and mental skills training. Oh, and did I mention that this also includes $115K to pay for transport and accommodation to tournaments for Ko and her mum...
Why? Being a pro means surviving/succeeding by her own abilities. As a pro, she can reap big financial rewards from tournaments, as well as millions in management contracts and endorsement deals. Ko is sponsored by Callaway Golf and ANZ Bank, who pay her performance bonuses on top of a retainer (potentially multi-millions, and that's likely to rise as Lydia's now ranked No.4 in the world).
Endorsements, management deals, accomodation, travel. She'll be getting well looked after by businesses. So why should NZ have to add to her coffers? The moment one turns professional, any amateur support must instantly cease!

Update: 15 April 2014 - While papers report Ko being "rocked by backlash" to this issue, her website is still headed "the official site of #1 woman world golf amateur", and says nothing about bludging amateur support money while she's a pro!
Update: 28 April 2014 - Ko wins her first LPGA Tour victory...and pockets $270,000! Not a bad 18th birthday present...AND CLEARLY NOT AN AMATEUR (she's made over half a million this year)!!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Absolutely NOT! Once someone becomes a professional, that's the end of any support. After all, the support's there to nuture an amateur to reach their fullest potential - which Ko certainly has!