Nelly Korda nabbed her first victory on the Symetra Tour on Sunday at the Sioux Falls GreatLife Challenge. She did it with a final-round 66.
Korda is in her first year as a professional golfer and played her first Symetra Tour tournament in February. Since then, she's had numerous good showings that include a pair of fourth-place showings, a seventh and a ninth. Plus multiple other Top 20 finishes. There were a few missed cuts along the way, too, but overall it was already a darn good rookie year as a pro for Nelly.
And now she's a winner. Nelly entered the final round trailing third-round leader Wichanee Meechai by one stroke. Her round of 66 gave her a final winning margin of three over Meechai, who closed with a 70. Korda finished at 14-under 270.
Korda's final round included six birdies against only one bogey, including back-to-back birdies at 14 and 15 that gave her a cushion heading down the stretch.
It was a great time for Korda to notch a victory, too, in the tournament that has the tour's second-largest purse ($210,000). Korda entered the GreatLife Challenge with $25,816 in earnings, in 27th place on the tour's money list. The Top 10 at the end of the year earn LPGA privileges for 2017, which would mean Nelly joining big sister Jessica Korda.
Nelly's first-place check of $31,500 pushes her season total to $57,316, which jumps her into that Top 10. There are five tournaments remaining on the 2016 Symetra Tour schedule.