19 Oct 2010

NZ field second youngest competitor at Espirito tournament

6:54 pm on 19 October 2010

New Zealand's Lydia Ko is the second youngest competitor in a record field of 53 countries competing in the world amateur team gold champs in Argentina.

The New Zealand team of Cecilia Cho, Ko and Caroline Bon will be paired with Venezuela and the Czech Republic in the opening round on Thursday.

Ko is the second youngest player in the field behind fellow 13 year old Marijosse Navarro of Mexico, while Guatemala's Beatriz de Arenas is the oldest player at 62.

The record number of countries exceeds the previous best of 48 in Adelaide two years ago, with first timers including Guam, Nigeria, Slovenia and Tanzania.

Sweden will attempt to become the first team to win back-to-back Espirito Santo Trophies since the United States in 1988 and 1990.

New Zealand has finished in the top-10 on 12 occasions, finishing runners up in the United States in 1982 and in Christchurch in 1990.