15-Year-Old Tied for LPGA Lead

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It has been a terrific summer holiday for Lydia Ko, the 15-year-old amateur sensation who has a share of the halfway lead at the CN Canadian Women's Open.

Just one problem. It's not summer back home in New Zealand, where Ko's absence from her Grade 11 classes has been duly noted.

"I'm missing a lot of school," Ko said after her second straight 68 at Vancouver Golf Club left her eight-under par through 36 holes. "At this age, I should be going to school every day. But I see my report (card) and I was there I think for two weeks, so my absent days are like 75 days or something."

Right about now, an impressive gathering of the world's top pros is ready to take up a collection and send the world's top-ranked amateur back home to Auckland for her studies.

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