Ko signs sponsorship deal with Australian bank

Lydia Ko inked her first company sponsorship on Thursday.

The 16-year-old New Zealand golfer, who turned pro in November, signed a three-year sponsorship deal with the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited, an Australian bank.

“It’s great to have the backing of ANZ at this crucial point in my career as I take on the international pro circuit and the best female golfers in the world,” Ko said in a release. “ANZ understands that to achieve excellence and success in the toughest golf competition, I’m going to need a great team behind me.”

Other ANZ-sponsored athletes from New Zealand include current Olympians Eric Murray, Hamish Bond and Emma Twigg, former Olympians Sarah Ulmer and Hamish Carter, and Paralympic swimmers Rebecca Dubber and Cameron Leslie.

“Lydia Ko is one of New Zealand’s best and brightest young sportspeople and we’re absolutely thrilled to support her as she takes on the world,” ANZ Chief Executive Officer David Hisco said. “As a brand that’s in every corner of the New Zealand, and with a global reach across Asia and beyond, it’s great to help someone as talented as Lydia as she competes in the LPGA Tour.”

Oh, and the video that announced Ko's deal is pretty cool, too. Click the video above to watch!

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