New Zealand Golf will continue to pour their resources into Lydia Ko.
Ko's star continues to rise with her victory in the US Amateur Championships, adding to the earlier accolade of being the youngest winner of a professional golf tournament.
CEO Dean Murphy says Ko deserves all the backing she gets.
"We'll certainly support her for as long as possible as an amateur and then when it's time for professional, we'll move into that phase of her golfing career, but certainly the time now is to soak up this wonderful achievement."
He says 15-year-old Ko is a big talking point around the world.
"A lot of countries around the world (are) very, very interested in what we're doing and how we're doing it and Lydia's really helped put New Zealand development programmes on the map."
Murphy says Ko's victory at the US Amateurs is one of New Zealand's greatest moments in the sport.
"This is just a huge achievement and just underlines how much of an exciting talent Lydia is and what we can expect from her when she makes her move to the professional game in due course. But (it's a) stunning achievement and we're just absolutely delighted for her and her family."
He says they applaud Ko's decision not to turn pro and will continue to back her when she does.
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