Korda turns pro gains waiver


Jessica Korda’s Sunday was a whirlwind success at LPGA Q-School.

The 17-year-old daughter of former Australian Open tennis champ Petr Korda shed her amateur status and gained a waiver of the LPGA restriction that requires that members be 18 years old.

After signing her final-round scorecard and making official her second-place finish at the LPGA Qualifying Tournament, Korda, as expected, declared herself a professional. Though Korda doesn’t turn 18 until Feb. 27, she's been informed that she is being granted a waiver of the tour’s age restriction, LPGA officials confirmed Sunday. The waiver comes with the condition that any money Korda makes before turning 18 won’t be counted as official money.

As the LPGA hasn’t yet announced its 2011 schedule, it’s unclear if Korda will actually need a waiver to compete in her first event. The LPGA opened its year on Feb. 18 this past season at the Honda PTT Thailand.