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Nelly Korda wins the GreatLIFE Challenge by three strokes

This year’s GreatLIFE Challenge winner, Nelly Korda (Bradenton, FL), chalked up her first professional win since joining the LPGA Symetra Tour in February, taking home a $31,500 first place check and making a big jump up to the 11th spot on the Volvik Race for the Card Money List.

“Every aspect of my game was good,” said the 18-year-old champ who has been on a roll with five top-10s in her last eight starts.

“The atmosphere out here was amazing,” Korda said. “I could not have asked for a better day or a better week.”

During her stay in South Dakota, Nelly also had an opportunity to enjoy some of Sioux Falls’ natural beauty with her host family, including The Falls. “That was breathtaking,” she said.

Sports Ability Runs In the Korda Family

The sporting spirit runs in the Korda family. Nelly’s father, Petr made his mark on the professional tennis circuit and big sister Jessica Korda a pro golfer on the LPGA Tour.

According to the youngest Korda, she’s been dreaming of becoming a professional golfer since competing in the US Open at 14. This Symetra Tour win brings her one step closer to following her sister into the LPGA. “I’m just going to take it a step at a time and just enjoy my time out here,” Nelly said.

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.