Nelly Korda moved a step closer Sunday to joining her sister in the LPGA ranks.
With a final-round 5-under-par 66, Korda won the Sioux Falls GreatLife Challenge in South Dakota. At 14-under 270, she finished three shots ahead of Wichanee Meechai (70). The victory was the first of Korda’s professional career.
Korda, 18, is the younger sister of four-time LPGA winner Jessica Korda, 23.
With the victory, Nelly moves to 11th on the Volvik Race for the Card money list with five events left on the schedule. If Korda is among the top 10 at season’s end, she will join Jessica on the LPGA tour next year.
“It’s been my dream ever since I competed in the U.S. Open at 14 [years old],” Korda said. “Just being with her and alongside her has always been a really big dream of mine, and, hopefully, I can fulfill that dream by getting my LPGA card, but I’m just going to take it a step at a time and not really think about that and just enjoy my time out here.”