Monday, February 13, 2012

Jessica Korda

Jessica Korda (born February 27, 1993) is an American professional golfer currently playing on the LPGA Tour. Korda was a member of the 2009 U.S. Junior Solheim Cup and the 2010 U.S. Curtis Cup teams. As an amateur, she won the 2010 South Atlantic Amateur and made the cut at the 2008 and 2009 U.S. Women's Opens. She finished runner-up at the 2010 U.S. Women's Amateur. She represented the Czech Republic in the World Amateur Team Championship Espirito Santo Trophy in 2006, but represented the United States in 2010, finishing tied for 4th.

Korda entered LPGA Tour Qualifying School in the fall of 2010 as a 17-year-old. She finished runner-up in the final Qualifying Tournament, making her eligible for full membership on the Tour in 2011. Korda turned 18 just prior to the start of the 2011 LPGA Tour season. She played in 15 events in her rookie year; her best finish was a tie for 19th at the Avnet LPGA Classic. Her first professional win was in the first event of the 2012 LPGA Tour season, the Women's Australian Open. This victory came on the second hole of a six-person playoff.

Korda is the daughter of retired professional tennis players Petr Korda and Regina Rajchrtová. Petr Korda won one Grand Slam singles title: the 1998 Australian Open.

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