Teen amateur Nelly Korda will be joining her big sister in the field when the U.S. Women’s Open is played June 27-30 at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.
Nelly, 14, was among 64 players who earned spots in the championship through qualifying’s completion this week. She is the younger sister of LPGA winner Jessica Korda, 20. They’re both the daughters of Petr Korda, winner of tennis’ Australian Open in 1988.
A record 1,420 entries were received for this year’s U.S. Women’s Open with 20 sites staging 36-hole qualifiers through the month of May.
Nelly Korda shot rounds of 2-under-par 70 and 1-under 71 to earn medalist honors by two shots at Bear Lakes Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Nelly earned her first U.S. Women’s Open berth a year younger than Jessica was when she earned her first.
“I’ll rub it in her face,” Nelly joked to the Palm Beach Post.
Actually, Nelly said, her older sister has been a hugely positive influence on her game.
“She really calms me down a lot, because she’s already been through this,” Nelly said.
In the final day of qualifiers Friday, Annie Park completed a whirlwind week. Park, 18, was co-medalist at the U.S. Women’s Open qualifier at Edgewood Country Club in River Vale, N.J. She earned her spot in the championship just six days after winning the NCAA women’s golf championship as an individual and helping USC win the team title. Park also qualified for last year’s U.S. Women’s Open at Blackwolf Run.
Korda and Park were among 17 amateurs to qualify.
Other notables making it through U.S. Women’s Open qualifying include four-time LPGA winner Lorie Kane, two-time LPGA winners Laura Diaz, Christina Kim, Janice Moodie and Jennifer Rosales. Other LPGA pros qualifying include Irene Cho, Paz Echeverria, Austin Ernst, Nicole Jeray, Tiffany Joh, Felicity Johnson, Taylore Karle, Maude-Aimee LeBlanc, Amelia Lewis, Kristy McPherson, Becky Morgan, Jane Park, Jessica Shepley, Stephanie Sherlock, Thidapa Suwannapura and Kris Tamulis.