Nelly Korda, 17, wins by three at Harder Hall
Nelly Korda (Photo by Tracy Wilcox of Golfweek)
Nelly Korda (Photo by Tracy Wilcox of Golfweek)

SEBRING, Fla. (Jan. 10, 2015) — Nelly Korda found herself playing in the Harder Hall Women's Invitational for the first time at age 17 on Thursday, surrounded by some of the top talent in women's amateur golf.

Then she incurred a two-shot penalty on the first hole of the first round.

Seventy-one holes later, she was hoisting the trophy with a three-shot win to her name.

Allison Emrey of Wake Forest, who took solo second place, led after the first round with 71 while Korda lurked behind at 74. After the second round, Korda trailed Emrey by four, and again by three before Sunday's final round began.

But Sunday brought Korda the best round of the tournament, a 69, that catapulted her into the lead.

Emrey's final-round 75 gave her second place by a shot over Samantha Wagner of the University of Florida, who posted 71 on the final day to emerge into the top-three.

Defending champion Meghan Stasi tied for 21st place with rounds of 80-80-78-76.

Results For Harder Hall Women's Golf Invitational
1FLNelly KordaBradenton, FL70074-75-73-69=291
2NCAllison EmreyCharlotte, NC50071-74-74-75=294
3FLSamantha WagnerOrlando, FL40074-76-74-71=295
T4TXKaitlyn PappAustin, TX40072-75-77-73=297
T4NCLori Beth AdamsBurlington, NC40075-74-74-74=297

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ABOUT THE Harder Hall Invitational

The Harder Hall Women’s Invitational was first played in 1956 in Sebring, Florida. Harder Hall was a grand old hotel with a wonderful Dick Wilson golf course. The Tournament was started by Harder Hall Head Professional Ben Roman to draw women amateur golfers to Sebring. The hotel was closed in the 1980s but the Tournament has continued and thrived. 

Harder Hall is a four-day no cut stroke play Tournament for women amateurs.  It draws an international field and has two Divisions. The Championship Division handicaps are capped at 16.4 and the Ben Roman Division includes handicaps from 7.0 to 24.4. It is the first of four "Orange Blossom" Florida winter tournaments.

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