Golf Plus | Jessica Korda makes move up Rolex World Rankings with second LPGA victory

May 29, 2014 



• Bradenton's Jessica Korda jumped up the Rolex World Rankings after her second LPGA Tour victory this past week. Korda improved 10 spots to No. 16 in the world following the victory in the Airbus LPGA Classic.

Korda is using a new coach this season, IMG Academy instructor Grant Price, and has two victories in short order.

Korda looks to keep the momentum going this week in Galloway, N.J., for the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer. The 54-hole tournament begins Friday.

• Bradenton's Charles Wang and Spencer Schultz each fired 221 totals to tie for ninth place in the Florida State Golf Association's Florida Junior Tour boys 16-18 age division 54-hole major at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Palm Harbor this past weekend.

Wang's best round came with an even-par 71 in the final round, while Schultz posted a 71 in the first round. The duo finished seven shots behind Valrico's John Coultas, who won the tournament in a playoff over Matthew Mourin of Miami Lakes.

In the boys 13-15 major held last weekend at Orange County National's Crooked Cat course in Winter Garden, Bradenton's David Gao tied for eighth place with a 217 total.

Gao was 4 under par heading into the final round following a 69 in the second round, but ballooned to a 77 on the last day.

Lake Mary's Anton Serafini won the tournament by 11 shots with a 20-under-par 196 total that included a 64 in the first round and a 65 in the second round.

• The deadline to apply for the FSGA Scholars, a college scholarship program, is approaching fast. The application deadline is June 1. There are five scholarships awarded at $3,000 per year per student renewable for four years. Eligible recipients must be FSGA and FJT members.

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• The Florida State Women's Amateur is June 7-11 at Sara Bay Country Club. The 85th edition of the tournament begins with stroke play on June 7 and 8.

The following three days are match play, with the championship match taking place the morning of June 11.

The top 32 players from the 36 holes of stroke play will advance to the match play portion of the event. The tournament yardage is approximately 6,000 yards.

Spectators are welcome at no charge.


• On April 22 at Pinebrook-Ironwood, Donna Birnbaum aced the 78-yard 3rd hole with a 5-iron. Witnesses were Sheila Cyr and Sheila Weiser.

• On April 24 at Pinebrook-Ironwood, Ron Van Dyke aced the 109-yard 3rd hole with a pitching wedge. Witnesses were Suzy Clarkson and Ross Emery.

• On May 2 at Peridia, Judy Stumm aced the 96-yard 8th hole with a 7-wood. Witnesses were Barbara Wendrich and Pat C. Jackson.

• On May 4 at Pinebrook-Ironwood, Lorraine Pospisil aced the 78-yard 3rd hole with an 8-iron. Witness was John Pospisil.

-- Jason Dill, Herald sports writer

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