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The Sally: Korda Sets Records
16 Jan 2010
by Golfweek

see also: Oceanside Country Club

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ORMOND BEACH, FL (January 16, 2010)--Jessica Korda rewrote the record books at the South Atlantic Amateur and held off a strong field of followers, including her friend and defending champion Alexis Thompson, to win the Sally by four shots.

The 16-year-old from Bradenton, Fla., fired the best round of the day Sunday, shooting a 3-under 69. She finished with a tournament-record four-day total of 13-under 275 at Oceanside Country Club.

“I love breaking records,” Korda said. “There’s nothing better than knowing you have broken a record and your name will always be at the top until someone else beats it."

Auburn senior Candace Schepperle, who is ranked No. 3 in the Golfweek/Titleist Women’s Amateur Rankings, finished second after a final-round 70. Thompson, meanwhile, struggled in her round, shooting 75 and failing to defend the title she cruised to last year -- winning by a record 13 strokes.

“It was disappointing,” Thompson said. “I just don’t seem to have it right now. I’m not trusting shots, not hitting it where I want, and am not dedicated to the shot.”

The momentum Korda built from a third-round 62 -- both a tournament and course record -- rolled right into the final round. She birdied the first hole, added four more birdies (offset by four bogeys), and pulled away from the pack with an eagle at the Par-5 12th.

“They [Thompson and Schepperle] are both really steady players,” Korda said. “I knew I had to shot well under par to win.”

A week after helping the United States win the Copa de las Americas team and women’s titles in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Korda, the No. 10 rated amateur, showed little sign of jet lag. She opened with 75, quickly recovered with a 69, and went on to make 15 birdies and an eagle in her last 36 holes.

With this performance, she also strengthened her position for the Curtis Cup Team.

“I would love to be on the team,” she said. “First of all you represent USA, and two you play against some of the best amateurs in the world.”

And Korda just proved she can beat the best amateurs too.

– Asher Wildman contributed to this report
ABOUT THE Women's South Atlantic Amateur (The Sally)

Eligibility: A female from birth, that has reached the age of 16. All entries are accepted subject to Committee Approval. Tournament Information The Women’s South Atlantic Amateur Golf Championship (The SALLY) is played the second week of January each year, in Ormond Beach, Florida. Oceanside Country Club has been home to The SALLY since its beginnings in 1926. The tournament field consists of top amateurs in the US and the top finishers are frequently represent the U.S. for the biennial Curtis Cup team. As with many past players, 2001's winner Hilary Homeyer, along with fourth-place finisher Natalie Gulbis have gone on to attain their LPGA card. You will find many former SALLY players among the LPGA elite.

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Results For Women's South Atlantic Amateur Golf Championship (The Sally)
Place  PtsScores
1FLJessica KordaBradenton, FL100075-69-62-69--275
2ALCandace SchepperleBirmingham, AL70073-68-68-70--279
3FLAlexis ThompsonCoral Springs, FL50073-71-65-75--284
4MAJaclyn SweeneyAndover, MA50076-69-72-76--293
5FLMeghan StasiOakland Park, FL50070-73-71-80--294

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