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New Zealander Also Ranked No. in Scoring Average

IRVINE, Calif. (Oct. 10, 2022) – With Proto Concept irons in her bag, Lydia Ko has risen to the No. 1 spot in the LPGA’s Race to the CME Globe rankings and currently is ranked No. 1 Scoring Average on tour.

The 25-year-old New Zealander began playing Proto Concept irons earlier this year at the suggestion of her personal club fitter. She made the change and immediately won the 2022 Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio (Jan. 30) and shortly thereafter signed an endorsement agreement with Proto Concept and Golf Partner USA, an affiliated brand.

"Proto Concept Golf and Golf Partner USA would like to congratulate Lydia Ko for reaching the No. 1 ranking in the LPGA’s Race to the CME Globe and in being No. 1 in Scoring Average on the LPGA Tour," said Yasufumi Kawasaki, Brand Producer of Proto Concept. "Lydia plays Proto Concept irons because they have helped maximize her performance."

Ko plays a C07 6-iron and Proto Concept’s C05 irons in Nos. 7-9. MyGolfSpy ranked the C05 irons its Most Wanted among Player’s Distance Irons for Best Distance and recognized the C07 irons as its Most Wanted Game Improvement Irons for 2022, ranking them No. 1 in Forgiveness and No. 2 in Accuracy.

In 19 tournaments this year, Ko has one victory and 12 other top 10 finishes. She has accumulated 2,542.693 points and earned more than $2 million. Her Scoring Average is 69.176 over the course of 74 rounds.

Ko is the winner of 30 tournaments worldwide, including 18 on the LPGA Tour, two of which were major championships.

Ko has the Golf Partner logo on her bag, umbrella and headcovers Earlier this year, Proto Concept, a ultra-luxury Japanese golf club designer/manufacturer, burst
onto the scene by having three of its products named to the Golf Digest’s 2022 Hot List for the first time. The Hot List was released Jan. 25.

Proto Concept is a collaboration between Japanese-owned Golf Partner Japan - the largest golf retailer in the world with some 400 locations - and fellow Japanese golf behemoth Endo Manufacturing, the industry standard in precision club manufacturing that is used by many of the world’s best-known OEMs. Kawasaki also is a managing executive officer of Golf Partner (

"With Proto Concept Golf, the goal of our design team at Golf Partner is to produce the highest quality golf clubs for avid golfers of all handicaps," Kawasaki said. "The name Proto Concept is derived from the prototype-quality clubs that are developed for tour professionals."

Proto Concept products may be ordered online at and through designated green grass club fitters nationally, which can found at

Proto Concept was established in 2019 in Tokyo, Japan and is a part of Golf Partner Co. Ltd. Yasufumi Kawasaki is Brand Producer for Proto Concept and is a managing executive officer of Golf Partner Japan.