Metchosin’s Naomi Ko becomes student-athlete

Talented young golfer heads south to pursue studies, athletics

Naomi Ko is pursuing her athletic dream while getting an education in Wolfpack country.

The former B.C. junior women’s golf champion, one of the rising stars in the sport in Canada, is playing on scholarship at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

On Tuesday at the Mercedes Women’s Collegiate Championships in Knoxville, Tenn., the freshman from Metchosin struggled to an 81 to finish in 57th spot overall. She shot 74 on both Sunday and Monday. Her 229 total helped NC State finish seventh overall in team play, three shots back of sixth-place Illinois.

Last week, Ko tied for 29th at the Powerade Cougar Classic in South Carolina, after shooting a even-par 72 in the final round, Her three-round total of 222 (6-over) helped her team finish seventh overall.

Ko is one of four first-year players on the NC State women’s golf team.

Student athletes in the golf program at NC State have some pretty serious facilities at their disposal. Not only is there a full-sized, Arnold Palmer Signature 18-hole public course adjacent to the school’s main campus, players also have exclusive access to a short game facility that is carved into one section of the campus.

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