Sir Bob Charles has won the British Open and a number of other titles. The first of Ko's two stints as 1 in the professional rankings began in February , before her 18th birthday, making her the youngest player of either sex to reach the top of the world rankings. Later in , Ko won her first major championship , the Evian Championship , becoming the youngest player of either sex to win a professional major championship, and became the youngest-ever LPGA Player of the Year.
Hockey[ edit ] In New Zealand, like most other Commonwealth nations, " hockey " without an identifier refers to field hockey , as opposed to ice hockey and other kinds of hockey.
The New Zealand Hockey Federation also known as Hockey New Zealand administers the sport in New Zealand, and had 48, registered players in the winter, of which The best result attained thus far by the men was a gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Montreal. The best placing by the women thus far has been a 4th placing at both the Women's Hockey World Cup and the Summer Olympics , and a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games. Horse racing in New Zealand The various cup days in the major cities attract large crowds, the biggest race being the group 1 Auckland Cup.
New Zealand has been the breeding ground for some world-famous horses such as Phar Lap and many Melbourne Cup winners. Thoroughbred racing is the most prevalent type of horse racing in New Zealand although there is still a strong following among the standardbred harness racing community or "trotters" and "pacers" as they are sometimes known. Equestrian sportsmen, sportswomen and horses make their mark in the world, with Mark Todd being chosen international "Horseman of the Century", and many juniors at pony club level.
He won Bronze at the London games. Further medals were won at the , , and Games. Indoor Bowls[ edit ] New Zealand Indoor Bowls was introduced in and today is made up of 37 centres and clubs covering all of New Zealand. Membership peaked in with 73, affiliated members, today it has an estimated 20, members currently affiliated.
Many members are attracted to the sport due to the competitiveness and skill required to successfully compete with being named as an interprovincal representative being a goal of most players. Kabaddi[ edit ] New Zealand has a small but growing kabaddi following. The men's national team took part in the Kabaddi World Cup , and the women's team surprisingly reached the final on debut in the Women's World Cup , a feat which they repeated in It is a fast-paced sport incorporating skills similar to Australian Rules , rugby union , netball and touch.
The New Zealand Ki-o-rahi representative organisation, Ki-o-Rahi Akotanga Iho, formed with men's and women's national teams, completed a 14 match tour of Europe in September and October New Zealand has many drivers currently competing on a high level on the world stage: