Lydia Ko, a 15-year-old top-ranked female amateur golfer, became the youngest winner in LPGA Tour history and the circuit's fifth amateur champion on Sunday.
Ko, who closed out the 2012 Canadian Women's Open with a 5-under 67 (three stroke margin), broke the age record of 16 set by Lexi Thompson last September in the Navistar LPGA Classic in Alabama
"To break another record, or being in the history, it's amazing, and it's always awesome to be able to play with the pros," said Ko. "The last few holes, it got a bit nerve-racking, but Stacy Lewis, after my birdie on 15, she said, 'You know you can do it.' It was really great to have another player that I look up to giving me that much support. It was really awesome."
The South Korean-born New Zealander is the first amateur winner since JoAnne Carner in the 1969 Burdine's Invitational. The glove Ko wore in the final round will be displayed in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
"To have something that's mine to be up there, it's amazing, and it doesn't come down or anything," she said. "So it will always remain there, and it'll be a good memory."
Ko, a golf prodigy, is no stranger to setting records. In January, she became the youngest person to win a professional golf tour event in the Bing Lee/Samsung Women's New South Wales Open on the Australian Ladies Professional Golf (ALPG) tour. She was 14-years-old at the time, and she had placed second in the event the previous year.
Earlier this month, Ko placed first in the U.S. Women's Amateur, beating Jaye Marie Green 3 and 1 in the 36-hole final at The Country Club in Cleveland.
"To me, the U.S. Amateur is a big event, and obviously this is a huge event as well," said Ko. "But still, as an amateur, winning one of the biggest amateur events, I feel like it was a better win -- even though this one was awesome."
Ko finished at 13-under 275 at The Vancouver Golf Club on Sunday, taking a lengthy lead with birdies on five of the first six holes on the back nine. She opened with consecutive 68s and shot a 72 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead into the final round.
While some might say she is ready to turn pro, Ko has no intentions of rushing her career.
"I'll still remain an amateur and then finish high school and then go to college," said Ko, who has mentioned Stanford as her college of choice. "I mean this is a great win, but I don't think this will affect me changing my routes to my career."
Ko will return to tour next month for the Women's British Open.