Nelly Korda has just moved from 27th place to 11th after her win in Sioux Falls at the GreatLIFE Challenge on Sunday September 5 at Willow Run Golf Course.

Korda, from Bradenton Flroida, shot a final round 66 leading to a three shot victory. This is her first win in her professional career on the Volvik Race for the Card Money List with five events remaining on the Symetra Tour schedule.

I don’t even have words.  Having my first professional win out here is just amazing. The atmosphere today was just amazing. I could not have asked for a better day and a better week.

Korda started her day with birdies on three of her first five holes to jump into a share of the lead. The highlight of the birdie run was a chip-in from 25 feet on the par-4 third.

With the chip in it was kind of an awkward stance.  It was downwind and downhill and it was a very delicate shot and I just told myself ‘you’ve had this putt a couple of times you know how it turns – just execute it. Pick your target, hit it and move on.’ I was just going for a par and then it rolled in. it was definitely a big boost.

The 18-year-old walked to the tee on the 18th with a four shot lead and victory in sight, but didn’t let it sink in until she made the walk to the green on the 72nd hole.

I think once I hit my approach shot into the green I got a little bit emotional walking up but I told myself come home safe, make this par and then you can celebrate after.

 

Korda receives the $31,500 first place check and hopes to join her sister Jessica on the LPGA Tour.

Wicahnee Meechai finished second at 11-under par and jumped from 11th to fourth on the Volvik Race for the Card Money List, while Ally McDonald and Madelene Sagstrom finished tied for third at 9-under.


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