Golf Plus | Bradenton's Korda sits atop LPGA money list

February 20, 2014 

NOTEWORTHY

• Bradenton native Jessica Korda, on the strength of her season-opening victory in the Bahamas last month, leads the LPGA Tour's money list through two events. Korda has claimed more than $209,000 in winnings. She holds about a $29,000 lead over veteran Karrie Webb.

Korda tees off Thursday in this week's LPGA Thailand tournament.

Her hot start has seen Korda vault up the Rolex Rankings. Korda reached No. 23 in the world following her victory in the Bahamas and is now No. 25.

• Three champions were crowned Tuesday upon the completion of the Florida State Golf Association's Sarasota Winter Series Four-Ball event held at Palm-Aire Country Club's Champions and Lakes courses.

The southern Manatee County venue hosted three age divisions. In the 40-54 age division, Gary Shover and Jerry Pellegrino earned a two-shot victory with a 137 total for the two rounds. In the 55-64 age division, Chuck Davis and Greg Smith fired a 133 to get into a playoff with Jerry Rose and Jon Empanger. Davis and Smith won on the fourth playoff hole with a par. And in the 65-and-older division, Alastair Walker and Raymond Lenhardt posted a 135 for a four-shot victory. Shover, who resides in Parrish, was the lone golfer from the county to earn a title in the tournament.

• Bradenton junior golfers represented the area well in the American Junior Golf Association's TaylorMade-Adidas Golf Junior All-Star event held at the famed Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor last weekend.

Brandon Wang had the best finish among local players, when is 73-70--143 was good for a tie for fifth place in the boys division.

Tony Jiang took seventh place by tallying two 72s on the Copperhead course.

In the girls division, Qingyi Symba Xu tied for ninth place with a 13-over-par 153 total for the 36-hole tournament.

• The University of Michigan men's golf team won its first Big Ten Match Play Championship on Feb. 15 at The Concession Golf Club in East Manatee.

The Wolverines were deadlocked with Purdue in the championship match before defeating the Boilermakers in a sudden-death playoff.

Michigan beat rival Michigan State 3-2-0 in the first round, then knocked off top-seeded Illinois 3-2-0 in the quarterfinals and bested Iowa 3-1-1 in the semifinals.

Finishing behind the Wolverines and Boilermakers were Northwestern (third place), Iowa (fourth place) and Minnesota (fifth place).

The Big Ten Network is scheduled to broadcast the tournament via tape delay March 16 at a time to be determined.

HOLES-IN-ONE

• On Feb. 4 at Buffalo Creek, Peter Mackin aced the 117-yard 16th hole with a 7-iron. Witness was Erik Beasley.

• On Feb. 10 at Peridia, Tim Cull aced the 150-yard 13th hole with a 5-wood. Witnesses were Leo Dooley, Bill Plymire and Ed Thomas.

-- Jason Dill,Herald sports writer

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