Lydia Ko will take college courses while playing on LPGA Tour

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Lydia Ko will study psychology while she continues her career on the LPGA Tour.
By John Holmes

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Monday, December 01, 2014 | 6:41 p.m.
Lydia Ko missed her high school graduation the other day, but she had a good excuse: Her school is in New Zealand, and she was busy wrapping up her first full season on the LPGA Tour by winning the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Florida.
Ko, 17, who also ran away with the LPGA Tour's rookie of the year award, made it back to the Pinehurst School in Albany, New Zealand, last week, though, and took part in an awards ceremony for the school's youngest students. And, she said, she's planning to continue her education as well.
Starting next year, Ko will study psychology at South Korea's prestigious Korea University in Seoul. She was born in South Korea before moving to New Zealand at age 6.
"I'll have to listen to what the university says to decide how I will do my studies," she told the Yonhap news agency. "I'll have to make sure I submit the required papers and projects as the majority of my classes will be done online."
Even as she began building her golf career, Ko has spoken of pursuing her education. She once said she hoped to study at Stanford University, where Michelle Wie recently graduated.
Ranked No. 3 in the world after her CME Group Tour Championship victory gave her five LPGA Tour titles, Ko is planning to visit family members in Korea over the holidays and then return to Florida to prepare for the 2015 LPGA Tour season.