Song medalist Korda 17 earns LPGA card


LPGA Tour _newDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Aree Song won the LPGA Final Qualifying Tournament on Sunday, shooting a 1-over 73 in wind, rain and cold for a two-stroke victory over 17-year-old Jessica Korda.

The 24-year-old Song, from South Korea, finished at 6-under 354 in the five-round event at LPGA International to earn one of 20 full 2011 tour exemptions.

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“Any time you enter a competition and come out on top, you feel pretty good,” said Song, of Seoul, South Korea, who makes her home in Orlando, Fla. “(With this weather), I couldn’t hit it as close as the I did in the last four days, but I still hit it well.”

Korda, the daughter of former tennis star Petr Korda, closed with a 77. After playing the tournament as an amateur, she said after the round that she was turning pro. Because of the tour’s age restrictions, Korda will need to seek special permission from Commissioner Mike Whan to play next year.

“It was a tough, tough day because it was really windy, and I lost my balance about 20 times,” said Korda, from Bradenton, Fla. “But this is a dream come true.”

South Korea’s Jimin Jeong (71) was third at 3 under.