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.

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ABOUT THE Citrus Golf Trail Ladies Invitational

Formerly known as the Harder Hall Invitational, this is a four-day no cut stroke play tournament for women amateurs. It was played at Harder Hall CC for more than 65 years, but in 2021 it moves to a rotation of courses on the Citrus Golf Trail in Sebring, Florida. The illustrious list of past champions includes the current world #1 Nelly Korda; Hall-of-Famer Joanne Carner; LPGA stars Christie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome, Morgan Pressel, Stacy Lewis and Charley Hull; amateur legends Carol Semple Thompson and Meghan Stasi; and two members of the winning 2021 Curtis Cup Team, Emilia Migliaccio and Gina Kim. It has long drawn an international field and has three Divisions: the Championship Division, the Forever 49 Division (max index 16.4) and the Ben Roman Division (indexes from 7.0 to 24.4). It is the first of the "Orange Blossom" series of Florida winter tournaments.

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