The Loop

12-year-old qualifies for New Zealand Women's Open with Lydia Ko's old clubs

February 23, 2015

Bohyun Park, a 12-year-old, just qualified for the New Zealand Open. She shot a 2-under-par 70 to take one of the last spots available in the event that starts Thursday. We know what you're thinking: 'This sounds a lot like the next Lydia Ko.'

Honestly, there are enough similarities between these two that we can't say your assumption is wrong. Let's take a closer look.

Age: Ko was also 12 when she played in her first New Zealand Open.

Coach: Up until December of 2013, Guy Wilson coached Ko. Park's current coach: Guy Wilson.

Home Club: Park plays out of Gulf Harbour Country Club, a Robert Trent Jones course in Auckland. Guess whose home course is also Gulf Harbour? Ko.

Clubs: The clubs Park used to qualify were an old set of Ko's. A swing built by the same coach, using the same clubs. That's a little wild.

If Park finishes 7th like Ko did in her first New Zealand Women's Open, then Ko will officially have a doppelganger in the golf circuit, and every parent will be trying to get their hands on old sets of Ko's golf clubs.