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Birdie spree earns Jessica Porvasnik Harder Hall Invitational
Jessica Porvasnik (photo courtesy of Golfweek)
Jessica Porvasnik (photo courtesy of Golfweek)

SEBRING, Florida (Jan. 9, 2016) -- Jessica Porvasnik fired a final round 69 to win the Harder Hall Women's Invitational.

Having battled through rain and darkness in yesterday's third round, the field was greeted by temperatures in the 80's and sunshine in Saturday's final round at the demanding 6,142-yard, par-72 Harder Hall Country Club.

Porvasnik, a junior at Ohio State, started the day one shot back of Purdue's August Kim after Kim's impressive 4-under par 68 third round. Kim didn't have the same game on Saturday, however, shooting 77 and finishing in a tie for fifth.

Meanwhile, Porvasnik was 1-over par through 14 holes when she turned a switch and blitzed 15, 16, 17, and 18 with four consecutive birdies. Her remarkable finish gave her a four-shot victory over Lori Beth Adams and Kelly Grassel.

The round of the tournament was shot Saturday by former University of Kansas golfer Minami Levonowich, who vaulted into the top 15 with a phenomenal 67.

The Harder Hall Women's Invitational is the first event on the 2016 AmateurGolf.com "Majors of Women's Amateur Golf" calendar.

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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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